APT-Suspicious file names and file locations v0.4 Checklist Details (Checklist Revisions)

SCAP 1.2 Content:

Supporting Resources:


Target CPE Name
Microsoft Windows 7 cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_7 (View CVEs)
Microsoft Windows XP cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_xp (View CVEs)

Checklist Highlights

Checklist Name:
APT-Suspicious file names and file locations
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Review Status:
Third Party: CyberESI
Original Publication Date:

Checklist Summary:

This SCAP resource is meant to be a starting point for documenting malicious artifacts typically identified via computer forensic analysis and/or malware analysis. This set of rules consists of suspicious file names and suspicious location of files. These artifacts are typically associated with malware or intruder activity. Item 1 looks for ntshrui.dll located in a suspicious location. Item 2 recursively looks for the existence of svch0st.exe in a specific location, this file is typically malicious. Item 3 recursively looks for the existence of svchost.dll in a specific location, this file is typically malicious. Item 4 recursively looks for svchosts.exe in a specific location, this file is typically malicious. Item 5 recursively looks for the existence of winsvr.exe in a specific location, this file is typically malicious. Item 6 looks for mspk.sys and item 7 looks for Trojan.noise0, these artifacts are considered suspicious. These rules are only meant to point out the presence of these artifacts, and do not guarantee that the identified files are actually malicious.

Checklist Role:

  • Desktop Operating System

Known Issues:


Target Audience:

This checklist has been created for IT professionals, particularly Windows 7 and XP system administrators and information security personnel. The document assumes that the reader has experience installing and administering Windows-based systems in domain or standalone configurations.

Target Operational Environment:

  • Standalone
  • Sector-Specific Environment

Testing Information:

Windows 7 and XP workstations.

Regulatory Compliance:



For this checklist to be effective, the SCAP tool used must support directory recursion.


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Point of Contact:



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Change History:

Updated status to "Final" - 07 January 2015
Content Revision - 04/04/2017
Updated to FINAL - 05/05/2017


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NIST checklist record last modified on 05/06/2017