WebProxy Settings Modificationedit

Identifies the use of the built-in networksetup command to configure webproxy settings. This may indicate an attempt to hijack web browser traffic for credential access via traffic sniffing or redirection.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*
  • 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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Credential Access

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

Potential false positivesedit

Legitimate WebProxy Settings Modification

Rule queryedit

event.category : process and event.type : start and process.name :
networksetup and process.args : (("-setwebproxy" or
"-setsecurewebproxy" or "-setautoproxyurl") and not (Bluetooth or
off)) and not process.parent.executable :
("/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.80pct.FreedomHelper" or
Everywhere.app/Contents/Resources/app/out/WebServer/Fiddler.WebUi" or

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 100 (8.5.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (8.4.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.13.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    event.category:process and event.type:start and
    process.name:networksetup and process.args:("-setwebproxy" or
    "-setsecurewebproxy" or "-setautoproxyurl")