Potential Abuse of Repeated MFA Push Notificationsedit

Detects when an attacker abuses the Multi-Factor authentication mechanism by repeatedly issuing login requests until the user eventually accepts the Okta push notification. An adversary may attempt to bypass the Okta MFA policies configured for an organization to obtain unauthorized access.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • filebeat-*
  • logs-okta*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-6m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Identity
  • Okta
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • SecOps
  • Identity and Access

Version: 101 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.1.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.6.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

Rule queryedit

sequence by user.email with maxspan=10m [any where event.module ==
"okta" and event.action == "user.mfa.okta_verify.deny_push"] [any
where event.module == "okta" and event.action ==
"user.mfa.okta_verify.deny_push"] [any where event.module == "okta"
and event.action == "user.authentication.sso"]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 101 (8.6.0 release)
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Version 100 (8.5.0 release)
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Version 4 (8.4.0 release)
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Version 2 (8.2.0 release)
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