Proxy Port Activity to the Internetedit

Detects events that may describe network events of proxy use to the Internet. It includes popular HTTP proxy ports and SOCKS proxy ports. Typically, environments will use an internal IP address for a proxy server. It can also be used to circumvent network controls and detection mechanisms.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • filebeat-*

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
  • Network

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.6.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.7.0

Potential false positivesedit

Some proxied applications may use these ports but this usually occurs in local traffic using private IPs which this rule does not match. Proxies are widely used as a security technology but in enterprise environments this is usually local traffic which this rule does not match. If desired, internet proxy services using these ports can be added to allowlists. Some screen recording applications may use these ports.

Proxy port activity involving an unusual source or destination may be more suspicious. Some cloud environments may use this port when VPNs or direct connects are not in use and cloud instances are accessed across the Internet. Because these ports are in the ephemeral range, this rule may false under certain conditions such as when a NATed web server replies to a client which has used a port in the range by coincidence. In this case, such servers can be excluded.

Rule queryedit

network.transport:tcp and destination.port:(1080 or 3128 or 8080) and
source.ip:( or or and not
destination.ip:( or or or or "::1")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.7.0 release)

Updated query, changed from:

network.transport: tcp and destination.port: (3128 or 8080 or 1080)
and ( network.direction: outbound or ( source.ip: ( or or and not destination.ip: (
or or ) )
Version 2 (7.6.1 release)
  • Removed auditbeat-*, packetbeat-*, and winlogbeat-* from the rule indices.