Persistence via KDE AutoStart Script or Desktop File Modificationedit

Identifies the creation or modification of a K Desktop Environment (KDE) AutoStart script or desktop file that will execute upon each user logon. Adversaries may abuse this method for persistence.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • Linux
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.2.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

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

file where event.type != "deletion" and file.extension in ("sh",
"desktop") and file.path : (
"/home/*/.config/autostart/*", "/root/.config/autostart/*",
"/home/*/.kde/Autostart/*", "/root/.kde/Autostart/*",
"/home/*/.kde4/Autostart/*", "/root/.kde4/Autostart/*",
"/home/*/.kde/share/autostart/*", "/root/.kde/share/autostart/*",
"/home/*/.kde4/share/autostart/*", "/root/.kde4/share/autostart/*",
"/home/*/.local/share/autostart/*", "/root/.local/share/autostart/*",
"/home/*/.config/autostart-scripts/*", "/root/.config/autostart-
scripts/*", "/etc/xdg/autostart/*", "/usr/share/autostart/*"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (8.2.0 release)
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