According to ATT&CK, PowerShell can be used over WinRM to remotely run commands on a host. When a remote PowerShell session starts, svchost.exe executes wsmprovhost.exe

For this to work, certain registry keys must be set, and the WinRM service must be enabled. The PowerShell command Enter-PSSession -ComputerName \<RemoteHost\> creates a remote PowerShell session.

ATT&CK Detection

Technique Subtechnique(s) Tactic(s) Level of Coverage
Command and Scripting Interpreter PowerShell Execution Moderate
Remote Services Windows Remote Management Lateral Movement Moderate

Data Model References

Object Action Field
process create exe
process create parent_exe



process = search Process:Create
wsmprovhost = filter process where (exe == "wsmprovhost.exe" and parent_exe == "svchost.exe")

Eql, EQL native

EQL version of the above pseudocode.

process where subtype.create and
  (process_name == "wsmprovhost.exe" and parent_process_name == "svchost.exe")    

Logpoint, LogPoint native

LogPoint version of the above pseudocode.

norm_id=WindowsSysmon event_id=1 image="*\wsmprovhost.exe" parent_image="*\svchost.exe"