Command Execution via SolarWinds Processedit

A suspicious SolarWinds child process (Cmd.exe or Powershell.exe) was detected.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Execution

Version: 4 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.2.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Trusted SolarWinds child processes. Verify process details such as network connections and file writes.

Investigation guideedit

## Config

If enabling an EQL rule on a non-elastic-agent index (such as beats) for versions <8.2, events will not define `event.ingested` and default fallback for EQL rules was not added until 8.2, so you will need to add a custom pipeline to populate `event.ingested` to @timestamp for this rule to work.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and ("cmd.exe", "powershell.exe") and (
"ConfigurationWizard*.exe", "NetflowDatabaseMaintenance*.exe",
"NetFlowService*.exe", "SolarWinds.Administration*.exe",
"SolarWinds.Collector.Service*.exe", "SolarwindsDiagnostics*.exe"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 4 (8.2.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only