Potential LSA Authentication Package Abuseedit

Adversaries can use the autostart mechanism provided by the Local Security Authority (LSA) authentication packages for privilege escalation or persistence by placing a reference to a binary in the Windows registry. The binary will then be executed by SYSTEM when the authentication packages are loaded.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • logs-endpoint.events.*

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
  • Privilege Escalation

Version: 100 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.5.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

registry where event.type == "change" and registry.path :
"HKLM\\SYSTEM\\*ControlSet*\\Control\\Lsa\\Authentication Packages"
and /* exclude SYSTEM SID - look for changes by non-SYSTEM user */
not user.id : "S-1-5-18"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 100 (8.5.0 release)
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Version 3 (8.4.0 release)
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Version 2 (8.1.0 release)
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