Network Connection via MsXsledit

Identifies msxsl.exe making a network connection. This may indicate adversarial activity as msxsl.exe is often leveraged by adversaries to execute malicious scripts and evade detection.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.7.0

Rule queryedit and event.action:"Network connection detected
(rule: NetworkConnect)" and not destination.ip:( or or

Threat mappingedit