Executable moved to Windows system folder

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-04
Category
Analytics Alert Reference
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Alert name

Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

1 Day

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Medium

Description

Attackers may replace Windows system executables with malicious ones for persistence and privilege escalation.

Attacker's Goals

  • An adversary can replace a common Windows application to elevate privileges or to create persistence that is action triggered.
  • The replaced application can be triggered with a key combination, remote connection for user interaction.

Investigative actions

Check if the digital signature of common applications in the Windows folder is valid.