TCC Bypass via Mounted APFS Snapshot Accessedit

Identifies the use of the mount_apfs command to mount the entire file system through Apple File System (APFS) snapshots as read-only and with the noowners flag set. This action enables the adversary to access almost any file in the file system, including all user data and files protected by Apple’s privacy framework (TCC).

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Defense Evasion
  • CVE_2020_9771

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

event.category : process and event.type : (start or process_started)
and : mount_apfs and process.args :
(/System/Volumes/Data and noowners)

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 100 (8.5.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (8.4.0 release)
  • Formatting only