User discovery via WMI query execution

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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Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

1 Day

Required Data

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

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Informational

Description

Attackers or malware may use WMI queries to list the users of a host, and potentially its owner.

Attacker's Goals

Attacker or malware can use WMI queries to discover host users and enumerate a huge amount of information.

Investigative actions

  • Examine the process that executed the WMI query and verify that the process is from a trusted source.
  • Inspect the system for suspicious activity that is related to that process.

Variations

User discovery via WMI query execution by an unsigned process

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

Attackers or malware may use WMI queries to list the users of a host, and potentially its owner.

Attacker's Goals

Attacker or malware can use WMI queries to discover host users and enumerate a huge amount of information.

Investigative actions

  • Examine the process that executed the WMI query and verify that the process is from a trusted source.
  • Inspect the system for suspicious activity that is related to that process.


User modification via WMIC query execution

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Low

Description

Attackers or malware may use WMI queries to modify the users of a host, and potentially its owner.

Attacker's Goals

Attacker or malware can use WMI queries to discover host users and enumerate a huge amount of information.

Investigative actions

  • Examine the process that executed the WMI query and verify that the process is from a trusted source.
  • Inspect the system for suspicious activity that is related to that process.


User discovery via WMIC query execution

Synopsis

ATT&CK Tactic

ATT&CK Technique

Severity

Informational

Description

Attackers or malware may use WMI queries to list the users of a host, and potentially its owner.

Attacker's Goals

Attacker or malware can use WMI queries to discover host users and enumerate a huge amount of information.

Investigative actions

  • Examine the process that executed the WMI query and verify that the process is from a trusted source.
  • Inspect the system for suspicious activity that is related to that process.