System Processes Run From Unexpected Locations

Description

This search looks for system processes that normally run out of C:\Windows\System32\ or C:\Windows\SysWOW64 that are not run from that location. This can indicate a malicious process that is trying to hide as a legitimate process.

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Use Case

Advanced Threat Detection

Category

Endpoint Compromise

Alert Volume

This search looks for system processes that normally run out of C:\Windows\System32\ or C:\Windows\SysWOW64 that are not run from that location. This can indicate a malicious process that is trying to hide as a legitimate process.

SPL Difficulty

None

Journey

Stage 3

MITRE ATT&CK Tactics

Defense Evasion

MITRE ATT&CK Techniques

Masquerading

Rename System Utilities

MITRE Threat Groups

APT32
PLATINUM
Soft Cell
menuPass

Kill Chain Phases

Actions On Objectives

Data Sources

Endpoint Detection and Response

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System Processes Run From Unexpected Locations Help

To successfully implement this search you need to ingest details about process execution from your hosts. Specifically, this search requires the process name and the full path to the process executable.

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