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10_process_access added several rules thanks to SeriesOfTubez Jan 3, 2019
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17_18_pipe_event fixed formatting Aug 17, 2018
19_20_21_wmi_event MITRE ATT&CK annotation added Aug 13, 2018
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3_network_connection_initiated added chm files, thanks darkoperator Mar 18, 2019
6_driver_loaded_into_kernel schemaversion to 4.1 Aug 13, 2018
8_create_remote_thread added common injected processes Aug 14, 2018
9_raw_access_read schemaversion to 4.1 Aug 13, 2018
attack_matrix updated mapping Aug 15, 2018
Generate-Sysmon-config.ps1 Added filter out regex and force overwrite backup Nov 16, 2018

sysmon-modular | A Sysmon configuration repository for everybody to customise

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This is a Microsoft Sysinternals Sysmon configuration repository, set up modular for easier maintenance and generation of specific configs.

NOTICE; Sysmon 8.02 is not compatible with this configuration, it will cause severe blind spots in your logging. Please use Sysmon 8.0 or 8.0.4

Note: I do recommend using a minimal number of configurations within your environment for multiple obvious reasons, like; maintenance, output equality, manageability and so on.

Big credit goes out to SwiftOnSecurity for laying a great foundation and making this repo possible! sysmonconfig-export.xml.

Equally a huge shoutout to Roberto Rodriguez for his amazing work on the ThreatHunter-Playbook and his contribution to the community on his blog.

Final thanks to Matt Graeber for his PowerShell Modules, without them, this project would not have worked as well.

Pull requests / issue tickets and new additions will be greatly appreciated!

I started a series of blog posts covering this repo;

Following this blogpost Sysmon 8.0, a leap forward in event annotation I've been working on updating the configuration modules to schemaversion 4.1 as well as adding the MITRE annotation fields. Eventually I deviated a little bit from my blogpost and went with the OSSEM field naming; technique_id and technique_name

Mitre ATT&CK

I strive to map all configurations to the ATT&CK framework whenever Sysmon is able to detect it. A current ATT&CK navigator export of all linked configurations is found here and can be viewed here Mapping

Required actions

I highly recommend looking at the configs before implementing them in your production environment. This enables you to have as actionable logging as possible and as litte noise as possible.


Install the PowerShell modules from PSSysmonTools

git clone
cd PSSysmonTools
Import-Module .\PSSysmonTools.psm1


You will need to install and observe the results of the configuration in your own environment before deploying it widely. For example, you will need to exclude actions of your antivirus, which will otherwise likely fill up your logs with useless information.

Generating a config


git clone
cd sysmon modular

Optionally you can omit the comments from the merged config with the “-ExcludeMergeComments” switch.

You might see an error like ; Merge-SysmonXMLConfiguration : The schema version of C:\Temp\sysmon-modular-master\sysmonconfig.xml () does not match that of the reference configuration: The error is due to the validator. When executing the oneliner the sysmonconfig.xml is created but it is still empty at that time. Therefore it is not a valid config at that time, the file is filled with data at the end of the generation phase. You can safely ignore it.

You can test your config if it's schema compliant

Test-SysmonConfiguration .\sysmonconfig.xml


This repository also was made available within SysmonShell a great tool by Nader Shalabi



Run with administrator rights

sysmon.exe -accepteula -i sysmonconfig.xml

Update existing configuration

Run with administrator rights

sysmon.exe -c sysmonconfig.xml


  • Link more indicators to Mitre ATT&CK techniques.
  • Add / Improve comments
  • Extend, extend, extend.
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