Correlation of Windows Process Tracking Events
Created on 2003-03-04 by Rainer
Applies to: Windows 2000
Events Correlated are:
We would like to have a single event that specifies
- at which time a process started and stopped
- what was the image name
- the user that it began to run under end ended to run under
- any other properties that can be helpful
While correlating the event, we will probably lose information, for example
- the user identy changes more than once
Other anomalies can be caused by missing events, which yields to missing
information on the overall process. This can potentially become a warning sign
in its own. As such, it can make sense to generate alerts when one or more of
the following conditions occur (if it should become a warning should be left to
the configuration options done by the administrator):
- missing start event id 592
- missing end event id 593
How to correlate:
We need to go through all events in sequence of occurence. For each 592
event, we need to track the id of the newly created process (in event log
parameter 1). We need to save the status of all active programs in a cache. When
we see a 593 event, we need to look up the matching 592 event via its
process id (specified as parameter 1 in the 593 event). Any interim changes
of the access token (event 600) need to update the associated user ids.
Obviously, the correlation must take place not only on a per-process id
basis but the process id is also related to a specific machine. Multiple
machines will have different processes tracked by the same id.
Please note that some processes can be very long-running (e.g. explorer.exe
on left open terminal server session). For the analysis program, it may be a
good idea to save session state between runs. So the analysis can continue from
where it left.
Other things to track:
The local time on the server may have changed between events. As such, the
sequence can not be properly indicated from local time. One approach would be to
use the message receive time, instead. An other approach would be to keep track
of "time changed" events.
Would you like to discuss this object? Have a look at our
Windows event forum or post a question there!
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