Rare Scheduled Task RPC activity

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

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

Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

1 Day

Required Data

  • Requires one of the following data sources:
    • Palo Alto Networks Platform Logs
      OR
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Informational

Description

The endpoint performed abnormal Scheduled Task RPC activity to a remote host.

Attacker's Goals

  • Attackers may attempt to gain persistence or move laterally over the network by executing code on remote hosts using scheduled tasks.
  • The ITaskSchedulerService RPC interface is used to query and manage services on a local or a remote host.

Investigative actions

  • Review the action of the created scheduled task on the remote host.
  • Correlate the RPC call from the source host and understand which software initiated it.
  • Verify that this isn't IT activity.

Variations

Rare Scheduled Task RPC activity detected

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

The endpoint performed abnormal Scheduled Task RPC activity to a remote host.

Attacker's Goals

  • Attackers may attempt to gain persistence or move laterally over the network by executing code on remote hosts using scheduled tasks.
  • The ITaskSchedulerService RPC interface is used to query and manage services on a local or a remote host.

Investigative actions

  • Review the action of the created scheduled task on the remote host.
  • Correlate the RPC call from the source host and understand which software initiated it.
  • Verify that this isn't IT activity.