Unusual Linux Network Connection Discoveryedit

Looks for commands related to system network connection discovery from an unusual user context. This can be due to uncommon troubleshooting activity or due to a compromised account. A compromised account may be used by a threat actor to engage in system network connection discovery in order to increase their understanding of connected services and systems. This information may be used to shape follow-up behaviors such as lateral movement or additional discovery.

Rule type: machine_learning

Machine learning job: v3_linux_network_connection_discovery

Machine learning anomaly threshold: 25

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 15 minutes

Searches indices from: now-45m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Linux
  • Threat Detection
  • ML

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.3.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Uncommon user command activity can be due to an engineer logging onto a server instance in order to perform manual troubleshooting or reconfiguration. ==== Threat mapping


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (8.3.0 release)
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Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
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