Disable Windows Firewall Rules via Netshedit

Identifies use of the netsh.exe to disable or weaken the local firewall. Attackers will use this command line tool to disable the firewall during troubleshooting or to enable network mobility.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-6m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum signals per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Windows

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.6.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.7.0

Rule queryedit

event.action:"Process Create (rule: ProcessCreate)" and
process.name:netsh.exe and process.args:(disable and firewall and set)
or process.args:(advfirewall and off and state)

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.7.0 release)

Updated query, changed from:

event.action:"Process Create (rule: ProcessCreate)" and
process.name:"netsh.exe" and process.args:("firewall" and "set" and
"disable") or process.args:("advfirewall" and "state" and "off")