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How to track Hash changes of files with sysmon input (tracking change in results with daily reports)?



I've configured the "Add-on for Microsoft Sysmon" ( and would like to understand how to produce a change report from one day to the next.

For instance, right now I run the following query per day and have a report delivered.

sourcetype="XmlWinEventLog:Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational" EventCode=1 | dedup Hashes | table Hashes Image ParentImage

It isn't of much use, as this just tends to show the same information with every delivery (as it should).

What I'd like to do is produce a report that compares one day to the next and list differences. This would help answer questions like: Did the hash for c:\windows\system32\svchost.exe change? Is there an svchost.exe that has a different hash than one seen before?

I'd love to get to a point where I could have real time alerting:

  • when the Hash changes but Image stays the same (and correlate to a Windows Update within some period of time).
  • when a ParentImage changes, but Image stays the same (at least for system processes)

Are either of the above possible?

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You could do a subsearch where your search and subsearch are basically the same thing with the subsearch having earlier and latest defined in it so you can time bound that search on a different subset of the data. From there, you would use the join type=left (or outer, they work the same way) .

It might look something like this:

sourcetype="XmlWinEventLog:Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational" EventCode=1 earliest=-48h@h latest=-24h@h  | dedup Hashes | table Hashes Image ParentImage |join Hashes type=outer [sourcetype="XmlWinEventLog:Microsoft-Windows-Sysmon/Operational" EventCode=1 earliest=-24h@h latest=-0h@h | dedup Hashes | table Hashes Image ParentImage]

I will caveat this to say I haven't test this and you may need to rearrange the searches to get the outer join to return the data you want. In fact you may end up having a couple of searches to match the permutations, but hopefully this is a start.

Not sure if you were also looking to make that daily report a lookup but if so, you canuse the | outputlookup to write each day into a lookup and then use the | inputlookup to take the previous day value and compare to today's value.