Potential Windows Error Manager Masqueradingedit

Identifies suspicious instances of the Windows Error Reporting process (WerFault.exe or Wermgr.exe) with matching command-line and process executable values performing outgoing network connections. This may be indicative of a masquerading attempt to evade suspicious child process behavior detections.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 4

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by host.id, process.entity_id with maxspan = 5s
  [process where event.type:"start" and process.name : ("wermgr.exe", "WerFault.exe") and process.args_count == 1]
  [network where process.name : ("wermgr.exe", "WerFault.exe") and network.protocol != "dns" and
    network.direction : ("outgoing", "egress") and destination.ip !="::1" and destination.ip !=""