Unusual DB process spawning a shell

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-07-16
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:
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

Detector Tags

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Informational

Description

A DB related process abnormally spawned a shell. This might indicate an exploitation attempt.

Attacker's Goals

Obtain access to either the database or its hosting machine for various purposes like privilege escalation, lateral movement, and data theft.

Investigative actions

  • Review the commands/processes executed by the shell for malicious actions.
  • Check if and what else the DB process has executed.
  • Check for any additional alerts raised in the context of the DB process.
  • Audit the query/access logs of the DB for suspicious actions (Such as SQL injection or similar).

Variations

Unusual DB process spawning a shell with a possible reconnaissance command

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

A DB related process abnormally spawned a shell. This might indicate an exploitation attempt.

Attacker's Goals

Obtain access to either the database or its hosting machine for various purposes like privilege escalation, lateral movement, and data theft.

Investigative actions

  • Review the commands/processes executed by the shell for malicious actions.
  • Check if and what else the DB process has executed.
  • Check for any additional alerts raised in the context of the DB process.
  • Audit the query/access logs of the DB for suspicious actions (Such as SQL injection or similar).


Unusual DB process spawning a shell with a possible web download/access command

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

A DB related process abnormally spawned a shell. This might indicate an exploitation attempt.

Attacker's Goals

Obtain access to either the database or its hosting machine for various purposes like privilege escalation, lateral movement, and data theft.

Investigative actions

  • Review the commands/processes executed by the shell for malicious actions.
  • Check if and what else the DB process has executed.
  • Check for any additional alerts raised in the context of the DB process.
  • Audit the query/access logs of the DB for suspicious actions (Such as SQL injection or similar).


Unusual DB process spawning a shell with an unusual command line

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

A DB related process abnormally spawned a shell. This might indicate an exploitation attempt.

Attacker's Goals

Obtain access to either the database or its hosting machine for various purposes like privilege escalation, lateral movement, and data theft.

Investigative actions

  • Review the commands/processes executed by the shell for malicious actions.
  • Check if and what else the DB process has executed.
  • Check for any additional alerts raised in the context of the DB process.
  • Audit the query/access logs of the DB for suspicious actions (Such as SQL injection or similar).