Parent Process Detection

Created the Monday 18 March 2019. Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago.

Parent process is a technique used by malware to evade detection by security analysts. The parent process of a given process is the process that spawned it.

For example, most user processes on a Windows system have explorer.exe as their parent process. By checking the parent process of a given process, malware can determine whether it is being monitored by security analysts. If the parent process is not explorer.exe, then the process is likely being monitored and the malware can take evasive action, such as terminating itself.

Featured Windows API's

Below, you will find a list of the most commonly used Windows API's that are currently utilized by malware authors for current evasion technique. This list is meant to provide an overview of the API's that are commonly used for this purpose. If there are any API's that you feel should be included on this list, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to update the list and provide any additional information or documentation that may be helpful.

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Detection Rules

Additional Resources

External Links

The resources provided below are associated links that will give you even more detailed information and research on current evasion technique. It is important to note that, while these resources may be helpful, it is important to exercise caution when following external links. As always, be careful when clicking on links from unknown sources, as they may lead to malicious content.

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