Sublime Plugin or Application Script Modificationedit

Adversaries may create or modify the Sublime application plugins or scripts to execute a malicious payload each time the Sublime application is started.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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
  • macOS
  • 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 in ("change", "creation") and file.extension :
"py" and file.path : ( "/Users/*/Library/Application
Support/Sublime Text*/Packages/*.py", "/Applications/Sublime" ) and not process.executable
: ( "/Applications/Sublime Text*.app/Contents/MacOS/Sublime
Text*", "/usr/local/Cellar/git/*/bin/git",
"/usr/libexec/xpcproxy", "/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Des
, "/Applications/Sublime"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (8.2.0 release)
  • Formatting only