Tampering with the Windows User Account Controls (UAC) configuration

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Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-18
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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

Defense Evasion (TA0005)

ATT&CK Technique

Abuse Elevation Control Mechanism: Bypass User Account Control (T1548.002)

Severity

Informational

Description

EnableLUA specifies whether Windows User Account Controls (UAC) notifies the user when programs try to modify the computer. UAC was formerly known as Limited User Account (LUA).

Attacker's Goals

Gain higher privileges by bypassing the User Account Control (UAC).

Investigative actions

Check whether the executing process is benign, and if this was a desired behavior as part of its normal execution flow.

Variations

Tampering with the Windows User Account Controls (UAC) configuration by a remote host

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Defense Evasion (TA0005)

ATT&CK Technique

Abuse Elevation Control Mechanism: Bypass User Account Control (T1548.002)

Severity

Medium

Description

EnableLUA specifies whether Windows User Account Controls (UAC) notifies the user when programs try to modify the computer. UAC was formerly known as Limited User Account (LUA).

Attacker's Goals

Gain higher privileges by bypassing the User Account Control (UAC).

Investigative actions

Check whether the executing process is benign, and if this was a desired behavior as part of its normal execution flow.


Tampering with the Windows User Account Controls (UAC) configuration

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Defense Evasion (TA0005)

ATT&CK Technique

Abuse Elevation Control Mechanism: Bypass User Account Control (T1548.002)

Severity

Low

Description

EnableLUA specifies whether Windows User Account Controls (UAC) notifies the user when programs try to modify the computer. UAC was formerly known as Limited User Account (LUA).

Attacker's Goals

Gain higher privileges by bypassing the User Account Control (UAC).

Investigative actions

Check whether the executing process is benign, and if this was a desired behavior as part of its normal execution flow.


Tampering with the Windows User Account Controls (UAC) configuration

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

Defense Evasion (TA0005)

ATT&CK Technique

Abuse Elevation Control Mechanism: Bypass User Account Control (T1548.002)

Severity

Low

Description

EnableLUA specifies whether Windows User Account Controls (UAC) notifies the user when programs try to modify the computer. UAC was formerly known as Limited User Account (LUA).

Attacker's Goals

Gain higher privileges by bypassing the User Account Control (UAC).

Investigative actions

Check whether the executing process is benign, and if this was a desired behavior as part of its normal execution flow.