Suspicious PDF Reader Child Processedit

Identifies suspicious child processes of PDF reader applications. These child processes are often launched via exploitation of PDF applications or social engineering.

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

event.action:"Process Create (rule: ProcessCreate)" and or Acrobat.exe or
FoxitPhantomPDF.exe or FoxitReader.exe) and or
dsquery.exe or dsget.exe or gpresult.exe or hostname.exe or
ipconfig.exe or nbtstat.exe or net.exe or net1.exe or netsh.exe or
netstat.exe or nltest.exe or ping.exe or qprocess.exe or quser.exe or
qwinsta.exe or reg.exe or sc.exe or systeminfo.exe or tasklist.exe or
tracert.exe or whoami.exe or bginfo.exe or cdb.exe or cmstp.exe or
csi.exe or dnx.exe or fsi.exe or ieexec.exe or iexpress.exe or
installutil.exe or Microsoft.Workflow.Compiler.exe or msbuild.exe or
mshta.exe or msxsl.exe or odbcconf.exe or rcsi.exe or regsvr32.exe or
xwizard.exe or atbroker.exe or forfiles.exe or schtasks.exe or
regasm.exe or regsvcs.exe or cmd.exe or cscript.exe or powershell.exe
or pwsh.exe or wmic.exe or wscript.exe or bitsadmin.exe or
certutil.exe or ftp.exe)

Threat mappingedit