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T1057 Process Discovery

Adversaries may attempt to get information about running processes on a system. Information obtained could be used to gain an understanding of common software/applications running on systems within the network. Adversaries may use the information from Process Discovery during automated discovery to shape follow-on behaviors, including whether or not the adversary fully infects the target and/or attempts specific actions.

In Windows environments, adversaries could obtain details on running processes using the Tasklist utility via cmd or Get-Process via PowerShell. Information about processes can also be extracted from the output of Native API calls such as CreateToolhelp32Snapshot. In Mac and Linux, this is accomplished with the ps command. Adversaries may also opt to enumerate processes via /proc.

On network devices, Network Device CLI commands such as show processes can be used to display current running processes.21

Item Value
ID T1057
Tactics TA0007
Platforms Linux, Network, Windows, macOS
Version 1.3
Created 31 May 2017
Last Modified 12 April 2023

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
S0065 4H RAT 4H RAT has the capability to obtain a listing of running processes (including loaded modules).201
S0045 ADVSTORESHELL ADVSTORESHELL can list running processes.37
S0331 Agent Tesla Agent Tesla can list the current running processes on the system.79
G0138 Andariel Andariel has used tasklist to enumerate processes and find a specific string.251
S0622 AppleSeed AppleSeed can enumerate the current process on a compromised host.185
G0006 APT1 APT1 gathered a list of running processes on the system using tasklist /v.252
G0007 APT28 An APT28 loader Trojan will enumerate the victim’s processes searching for explorer.exe if its current process does not have necessary permissions.202
G0022 APT3 APT3 has a tool that can list out currently running processes.243244
G0067 APT37 APT37‘s Freenki malware lists running processes using the Microsoft Windows API.263
G0082 APT38 APT38 leveraged Sysmon to understand the processes, services in the organization.248
S0456 Aria-body Aria-body has the ability to enumerate loaded modules for a process.187.
S0373 Astaroth Astaroth searches for different processes on the system.109
S0640 Avaddon Avaddon has collected information about running processes.58
S0473 Avenger Avenger has the ability to use Tasklist to identify running processes.148
S1053 AvosLocker AvosLocker has discovered system processes by calling RmGetList.178
S0344 Azorult Azorult can collect a list of running processes by calling CreateToolhelp32Snapshot.6970
S0638 Babuk Babuk has the ability to check running processes on a targeted system.223224225
S0414 BabyShark BabyShark has executed the tasklist command.31
S0093 Backdoor.Oldrea Backdoor.Oldrea collects information about running processes.43
S0031 BACKSPACE BACKSPACE may collect information about running processes.217
S0606 Bad Rabbit Bad Rabbit can enumerate all running processes to compare hashes.53
S0239 Bankshot Bankshot identifies processes and collects the process ids.123
S0534 Bazar Bazar can identity the current process on a compromised host.50
S0127 BBSRAT BBSRAT can list running processes.152
S0017 BISCUIT BISCUIT has a command to enumerate running processes and identify their owners.230
S0268 Bisonal Bisonal can obtain a list of running processes on the victim’s machine.105106107
S0069 BLACKCOFFEE BLACKCOFFEE has the capability to discover processes.184
S0089 BlackEnergy BlackEnergy has gathered a process list by using Tasklist.exe.227228229
S0657 BLUELIGHT BLUELIGHT can collect process filenames and SID authority level.21
S0486 Bonadan Bonadan can use the ps command to discover other cryptocurrency miners active on the system.127
S0252 Brave Prince Brave Prince lists the running processes.36
S1063 Brute Ratel C4 Brute Ratel C4 can enumerate all processes and locate specific process IDs (PIDs).5
S1039 Bumblebee Bumblebee can identify processes associated with analytical tools.190189191
S0482 Bundlore Bundlore has used the ps command to list processes.177
C0015 C0015 During C0015, the threat actors used the tasklist /s command as well as taskmanager to obtain a list of running processes.279
S0693 CaddyWiper CaddyWiper can obtain a list of current processes.68
S0351 Cannon Cannon can obtain a list of processes running on the system.1718
S0030 Carbanak Carbanak lists running processes.237
S0484 Carberp Carberp has collected a list of running processes.149
S0335 Carbon Carbon can list the processes on the victim’s machine.219
S0348 Cardinal RAT Cardinal RAT contains watchdog functionality that ensures its process is always running, else spawns a new instance.173
S0572 Caterpillar WebShell Caterpillar WebShell can gather a list of processes running on the machine.93
S0674 CharmPower CharmPower has the ability to list running processes through the use of tasklist.206
S0144 ChChes ChChes collects its process identifier (PID) on the victim.174
G0114 Chimera Chimera has used tasklist to enumerate processes.256
S0660 Clambling Clambling can enumerate processes on a targeted system.139
S0611 Clop Clop can enumerate all processes on the victim’s machine.119
S0154 Cobalt Strike Cobalt Strike‘s Beacon payload can collect information on process details.117116118
S0244 Comnie Comnie uses the tasklist to view running processes on the victim’s machine.84
S0575 Conti Conti can enumerate through all open processes to search for any that have the string “sql” in their process name.16
S0115 Crimson Crimson contains a command to list processes.171170172
S0625 Cuba Cuba can enumerate processes running on a victim’s machine.138
S0687 Cyclops Blink Cyclops Blink can enumerate the process it is currently running under.168
S0497 Dacls Dacls can collect data on running and parent processes.85
S0334 DarkComet DarkComet can list active processes running on the victim’s machine.221
G0012 Darkhotel Darkhotel malware can collect a list of running processes on a system.266
S1066 DarkTortilla DarkTortilla can enumerate a list of running processes on a compromised system.86
G0009 Deep Panda Deep Panda uses the Microsoft Tasklist utility to list processes running on systems.272
S0021 Derusbi Derusbi collects current and parent process IDs.142143
S0659 Diavol Diavol has used CreateToolhelp32Snapshot, Process32First, and Process32Next API calls to enumerate the running processes in the system.199
S0600 Doki Doki has searched for the current process’s PID.90
S0695 Donut Donut includes subprojects that enumerate and identify information about Process Injection candidates.10
S0472 down_new down_new has the ability to list running processes on a compromised host.148
S0694 DRATzarus DRATzarus can enumerate and examine running processes to determine if a debugger is present.207
S0567 Dtrack Dtrack’s dropper can list all running processes.6061
S0038 Duqu The discovery modules used with Duqu can collect information on process details.162
S0062 DustySky DustySky collects information about running processes from victims.194195
G1006 Earth Lusca Earth Lusca has used Tasklist to obtain information from a compromised host.250
S0605 EKANS EKANS looks for processes from a hard-coded list.232233234
S0081 Elise Elise enumerates processes via the tasklist command.25
S0064 ELMER ELMER is capable of performing process listings.73
S0367 Emotet Emotet has been observed enumerating local processes.196
S0363 Empire Empire can find information about processes running on local and remote systems.87
S0091 Epic Epic uses the tasklist /v command to obtain a list of processes.132133
S0396 EvilBunny EvilBunny has used EnumProcesses() to identify how many process are running in the environment.48
S0512 FatDuke FatDuke can list running processes on the localhost.34
S0267 FELIXROOT FELIXROOT collects a list of running processes.91
S0355 Final1stspy Final1stspy obtains a list of running processes.203
S0182 FinFisher FinFisher checks its parent process for indications that it is running in a sandbox setup.6667
S0696 Flagpro Flagpro has been used to run the tasklist command on a compromised system.63
S0661 FoggyWeb FoggyWeb‘s loader can enumerate all Common Language Runtimes (CLRs) and running Application Domains in the compromised AD FS server’s Microsoft.IdentityServer.ServiceHost.exe process.62
S0503 FrameworkPOS FrameworkPOS can enumerate and exclude selected processes on a compromised host to speed execution of memory scraping.33
C0001 Frankenstein During Frankenstein, the threat actors used Empire to obtain a list of all running processes.7
S0277 FruitFly FruitFly has the ability to list processes on the system.40
S1044 FunnyDream FunnyDream has the ability to discover processes, including Bka.exe and BkavUtil.exe.9
C0007 FunnyDream During FunnyDream, the threat actors used Tasklist on targeted systems.9
S0410 Fysbis Fysbis can collect information about running processes.120
G0047 Gamaredon Group Gamaredon Group has used tools to enumerate processes on target hosts including Process Explorer.241242
S0666 Gelsemium Gelsemium can enumerate running processes.126
S0049 GeminiDuke GeminiDuke collects information on running processes and environment variables from the victim.39
S0460 Get2 Get2 has the ability to identify running processes on an infected host.124
S0032 gh0st RAT gh0st RAT has the capability to list processes.182
S0249 Gold Dragon Gold Dragon checks the running processes on the victim’s machine.36
S0477 Goopy Goopy has checked for the Google Updater process to ensure Goopy was loaded properly.145
S0531 Grandoreiro Grandoreiro can identify installed security tools based on process names.218
S0237 GravityRAT GravityRAT lists the running processes on the system.188
G0125 HAFNIUM HAFNIUM has used tasklist to enumerate processes.270
S0151 HALFBAKED HALFBAKED can obtain information about running processes on the victim.98
S0617 HELLOKITTY HELLOKITTY can search for specific processes to terminate.56
S0170 Helminth Helminth has used Tasklist to get information on processes.202
G1001 HEXANE HEXANE has enumerated processes on targeted systems.257
S1027 Heyoka Backdoor Heyoka Backdoor can gather process information.89
G0126 Higaisa Higaisa’s shellcode attempted to find the process ID of the current process.245
S0431 HotCroissant HotCroissant has the ability to list running processes on the infected host.167
S0203 Hydraq Hydraq creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can monitor processes.158159
S0278 iKitten iKitten lists the current processes running.40
S0434 Imminent Monitor Imminent Monitor has a “Process Watcher” feature to monitor processes in case the client ever crashes or gets closed.12
G0100 Inception Inception has used a reconnaissance module to identify active processes and other associated loaded modules.255
S1072 Industroyer2 Industroyer2 has the ability to cyclically enumerate running processes such as PServiceControl.exe, PService_PDD.exe, and other targets supplied through a hardcoded configuration.140
S0260 InvisiMole InvisiMole can obtain a list of running processes.150151
S0581 IronNetInjector IronNetInjector can identify processes via C# methods such as GetProcessesByName and running Tasklist with the Python os.popen function.4
S0015 Ixeshe Ixeshe can list running processes.88
S0528 Javali Javali can monitor processes for open browsers and custom banking applications.57
S0044 JHUHUGIT JHUHUGIT obtains a list of running processes on the victim.8081
S0201 JPIN JPIN can list running processes.65
S0283 jRAT jRAT can query and kill system processes.28
S0088 Kasidet Kasidet has the ability to search for a given process name in processes currently running in the system.186
S0265 Kazuar Kazuar obtains a list of running processes through WMI querying and the ps command.222
G0004 Ke3chang Ke3chang performs process discovery using tasklist commands.267268
S0271 KEYMARBLE KEYMARBLE can obtain a list of running processes on the system.101
S0607 KillDisk KillDisk has called GetCurrentProcess.216
G0094 Kimsuky Kimsuky can gather a list of all processes running on a victim’s machine.277
S0599 Kinsing Kinsing has used ps to list processes.141
S0162 Komplex The OsInfo function in Komplex collects a running process list.24
S0356 KONNI KONNI has used the command cmd /c tasklist to get a snapshot of the current processes on the target machine.204205
S0236 Kwampirs Kwampirs collects a list of running services with the command tasklist /v.45
G0032 Lazarus Group Several Lazarus Group malware families gather a list of running processes on a victim system and send it to their C2 server. A Destover-like variant used by Lazarus Group also gathers process times.25925826119885260
S0211 Linfo Linfo creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can retrieve a list of running processes.157
S0681 Lizar Lizar has a plugin designed to obtain a list of processes.4241
S0582 LookBack LookBack can list running processes.130
S0451 LoudMiner LoudMiner used the ps command to monitor the running processes on the system.121
S0532 Lucifer Lucifer can identify the process that owns remote connections.102
S0409 Machete Machete has a component to check for running processes to look for web browsers.179
S1016 MacMa MacMa can enumerate running processes.175
S1048 macOS.OSAMiner macOS.OSAMiner has used ps ax | grep <name> | grep -v grep | ... and ps ax | grep -E... to conduct process discovery.46
S1060 Mafalda Mafalda can enumerate running processes on a machine.19
G0059 Magic Hound Magic Hound malware can list running processes.276
S0652 MarkiRAT MarkiRAT can search for different processes on a system.32
S0449 Maze Maze has gathered all of the running system processes.125
S1059 metaMain metaMain can enumerate the processes that run on the platform.1920
S0455 Metamorfo Metamorfo has performed process name checks and has monitored applications.87
S0688 Meteor Meteor can check if a specific process is running, such as Kaspersky’s avp.exe.240
S0079 MobileOrder MobileOrder has a command to upload information about all running processes to its C2 server.59
G0021 Molerats Molerats actors obtained a list of active processes on the victim and sent them to C2 servers.194
S0149 MoonWind MoonWind has a command to return a list of running processes.164
S0256 Mosquito Mosquito runs tasklist to obtain running processes.26
G0069 MuddyWater MuddyWater has used malware to obtain a list of running processes on the system.264265
G0129 Mustang Panda Mustang Panda has used tasklist /v to determine active process information.269
S0247 NavRAT NavRAT uses tasklist /v to check running processes.52
S0630 Nebulae Nebulae can enumerate processes on a target system.55
S0034 NETEAGLE NETEAGLE can send process listings over the C2 channel.217
S0198 NETWIRE NETWIRE can discover processes on compromised hosts.64
S0385 njRAT njRAT can search a list of running processes for Tr.exe.236
S0644 ObliqueRAT ObliqueRAT can check for blocklisted process names on a compromised host.215
S0346 OceanSalt OceanSalt can collect the name and ID for every process running on the system.154
G0049 OilRig OilRig has run tasklist on a victim’s machine.275
C0012 Operation CuckooBees During Operation CuckooBees, the threat actors used the tasklist command as part of their advanced reconnaissance.278
C0006 Operation Honeybee During Operation Honeybee, the threat actors obtained a list of running processes on a victim machine using cmd /c tasklist > %temp%\temp.ini.281
C0014 Operation Wocao During Operation Wocao, the threat actors used tasklist to collect a list of running processes on an infected system.280
S0229 Orz Orz can gather a process list from the victim.51
S1017 OutSteel OutSteel can identify running processes on a compromised host.165
S0626 P8RAT P8RAT can check for specific processes associated with virtual environments.92
S0664 Pandora Pandora can monitor processes on a compromised host.49
S0208 Pasam Pasam creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can retrieve lists of running processes.128
S1050 PcShare PcShare can obtain a list of running processes on a compromised host.9
S0517 Pillowmint Pillowmint can iterate through running processes every six seconds collecting a list of processes to capture from later.200
S0501 PipeMon PipeMon can iterate over the running processes to find a suitable injection target.54
S0254 PLAINTEE PLAINTEE performs the tasklist command to list running processes.214
S0435 PLEAD PLEAD has the ability to list processes on the compromised host.22
S0013 PlugX PlugX has a module to list the processes running on a machine.163
S0428 PoetRAT PoetRAT has the ability to list all running processes.103
S0216 POORAIM POORAIM can enumerate processes.108
G0033 Poseidon Group After compromising a victim, Poseidon Group lists all running processes.271
S0139 PowerDuke PowerDuke has a command to list the victim’s processes.74
S0441 PowerShower PowerShower has the ability to deploy a reconnaissance module to retrieve a list of the active processes.137
S0194 PowerSploit PowerSploit‘s Get-ProcessTokenPrivilege Privesc-PowerUp module can enumerate privileges for a given process.1314
S0393 PowerStallion PowerStallion has been used to monitor process lists.180
S0223 POWERSTATS POWERSTATS has used get_tasklist to discover processes on the compromised host.181
S0184 POWRUNER POWRUNER may collect process information by running tasklist on a victim.131
S0238 Proxysvc Proxysvc lists processes running on the system.198
S0192 Pupy Pupy can list the running processes and get the process ID and parent process’s ID.6
S0650 QakBot QakBot has the ability to check running processes.99
S0629 RainyDay RainyDay can enumerate processes on a target system.55
S0458 Ramsay Ramsay can gather a list of running processes by using Tasklist.100
S0241 RATANKBA RATANKBA lists the system’s processes.2930
S0662 RCSession RCSession can identify processes based on PID.71
S0125 Remsec Remsec can obtain a process list from the victim.129
S0448 Rising Sun Rising Sun can enumerate all running processes and process information on an infected machine.161
G0106 Rocke Rocke can detect a running process’s PID on the infected machine.254
S0270 RogueRobin RogueRobin checks the running processes for evidence it may be running in a sandbox environment. It specifically enumerates processes for Wireshark and Sysinternals.147
S0240 ROKRAT ROKRAT can list the current running processes on the system.7677
S1073 Royal Royal can use GetCurrentProcess to enumerate processes.75
S0148 RTM RTM can obtain information about process integrity levels.38
S0446 Ryuk Ryuk has called CreateToolhelp32Snapshot to enumerate all running processes.238
S1018 Saint Bot Saint Bot has enumerated running processes on a compromised host to determine if it is running under the process name dfrgui.exe.165
S0461 SDBbot SDBbot can enumerate a list of running processes on a compromised machine.209
S0345 Seasalt Seasalt has a command to perform a process listing.230
S0596 ShadowPad ShadowPad has collected the PID of a malicious process.213
S0445 ShimRatReporter ShimRatReporter listed all running processes on the machine.15
S0063 SHOTPUT SHOTPUT has a command to obtain a process listing.210
G0121 Sidewinder Sidewinder has used tools to identify running processes on the victim’s machine.253
S0692 SILENTTRINITY SILENTTRINITY can enumerate processes, including properties to determine if they have the Common Language Runtime (CLR) loaded.3
S0468 Skidmap Skidmap has monitored critical processes to ensure resiliency.83
S0533 SLOTHFULMEDIA SLOTHFULMEDIA has enumerated processes by ID, name, or privileges.239
S0273 Socksbot Socksbot can list all running processes.27
S0627 SodaMaster SodaMaster can search a list of running processes.92
C0024 SolarWinds Compromise During the SolarWinds Compromise, APT29 used multiple command-line utilities to enumerate running processes.282284283
S0615 SombRAT SombRAT can use the getprocesslist command to enumerate processes on a compromised host.15556156
S0516 SoreFang SoreFang can enumerate processes on a victim machine through use of Tasklist.134
G0038 Stealth Falcon Stealth Falcon malware gathers a list of running processes.249
S0142 StreamEx StreamEx has the ability to enumerate processes.35
S0491 StrongPity StrongPity can determine if a user is logged in by checking to see if explorer.exe is running.160
S0559 SUNBURST SUNBURST collected a list of process names that were hashed using a FNV-1a + XOR algorithm to check against similarly-hashed hardcoded blocklists.112
S0562 SUNSPOT SUNSPOT monitored running processes for instances of MsBuild.exe by hashing the name of each running process and comparing it to the corresponding value 0x53D525. It also extracted command-line arguments and individual arguments from the running MsBuild.exe process to identify the directory path of the Orion software Visual Studio solution.144
S1064 SVCReady SVCReady can collect a list of running processes from an infected host.96
S0018 Sykipot Sykipot may gather a list of running processes by running tasklist /v.166
S0242 SynAck SynAck enumerates all running processes.211212
S0464 SYSCON SYSCON has the ability to use Tasklist to list running processes.208
S0663 SysUpdate SysUpdate can collect information about running processes.82
S0011 Taidoor Taidoor can use GetCurrentProcessId for process discovery.104
S0586 TAINTEDSCRIBE TAINTEDSCRIBE can execute ProcessList for process discovery.235
S0467 TajMahal TajMahal has the ability to identify running processes and associated plugins on an infected host.72
S0057 Tasklist Tasklist can be used to discover processes running on a system.11
G0139 TeamTNT TeamTNT has searched for rival malware and removes it if found.247 TeamTNT has also searched for running processes containing the strings aliyun or liyun to identify machines running Alibaba Cloud Security tools.246
S0595 ThiefQuest ThiefQuest obtains a list of running processes using the function kill_unwanted.47
S0266 TrickBot TrickBot uses module networkDll for process list discovery.192193
S0094 Trojan.Karagany Trojan.Karagany can use Tasklist to collect a list of running tasks.43169
G0081 Tropic Trooper Tropic Trooper is capable of enumerating the running processes on the system using pslist.274122
S0436 TSCookie TSCookie has the ability to list processes on the infected host.176
G0010 Turla Turla surveys a system upon check-in to discover running processes using the tasklist /v command.132 Turla RPC backdoors have also enumerated processes associated with specific open ports or named pipes.180
S0333 UBoatRAT UBoatRAT can list running processes on the system.153
S0386 Ursnif Ursnif has gathered information about running processes.9495
S0452 USBferry USBferry can use tasklist to gather information about the process running on the infected system.122
S0476 Valak Valak has the ability to enumerate running processes on a compromised host.23
S0257 VERMIN VERMIN can get a list of the processes and running tasks on the system.220
S0180 Volgmer Volgmer can gather a list of processes.183
S0670 WarzoneRAT WarzoneRAT can obtain a list of processes on a compromised host.97
S0579 Waterbear Waterbear can identify the process for a specific security product.226
G0112 Windshift Windshift has used malware to enumerate active processes.262
S0219 WINERACK WINERACK can enumerate processes.108
S0059 WinMM WinMM sets a WH_CBT Windows hook to collect information on process creation.110
S0141 Winnti for Windows Winnti for Windows can check if the explorer.exe process is responsible for calling its install function.78
G0044 Winnti Group Winnti Group looked for a specific process running on infected servers.273
S1065 Woody RAT Woody RAT can call NtQuerySystemProcessInformation with SystemProcessInformation to enumerate all running processes, including associated information such as PID, parent PID, image name, and owner.231
S0161 XAgentOSX XAgentOSX contains the getProcessList function to run ps aux to get running processes.135
S0248 yty yty gets an output of running processes using the tasklist command.146
S0251 Zebrocy Zebrocy uses the tasklist and wmic process get Capture, ExecutablePath commands to gather the processes running on the system.1711318114115
S0330 Zeus Panda Zeus Panda checks for running processes on the victim’s machine.111
S0672 Zox Zox has the ability to list processes.197
S0412 ZxShell ZxShell has a command, ps, to obtain a listing of processes on the system.136
S1013 ZxxZ ZxxZ has created a snapshot of running processes using CreateToolhelp32Snapshot.44


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0017 Command Command Execution
DS0009 Process OS API Execution


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