Winword Spawning Windows Script Host

Winword Spawning Windows Script Host

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The following detection identifies Microsoft Winword.exe spawning Windows Script Host - cscript.exe or wscript.exe. Typically, this is not common behavior and not default with Winword.exe. Winword.exe will generally be found in the following path C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 (version will vary). cscript.exe or wscript.exe default location is c:\windows\system32\ or c:windows\syswow64`. cscript.exe or wscript.exe spawning from Winword.exe is common for a spearphishing attachment and is actively used. Albeit, the command-line executed will most likely be obfuscated and captured via another detection. During triage, review parallel processes and identify any files that may have been written. Review the reputation of the remote destination and block accordingly.

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To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on process that include the name of the process responsible for the changes from your endpoints into the Endpoint datamodel in the Processes node.

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