Commonly abused AutoIT script drops an executable file to disk

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-18
Category
Analytics Alert Reference
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Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

1 Day

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • XDR Agent with eXtended Threat Hunting (XTH)

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

Execution (TA0002)

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Informational

Description

AutoIT scripts have legitimate uses, but are often abused by malware to execute in a signed process context.

Attacker's Goals

Gain code execution on the host and evade security controls.

Investigative actions

  • Check whether the command line executed is benign or normal for the host and/or user performing it.
  • Check whether the user from the command line is an administrator or other sensitive account.