Special Logon

Windows 10

Windows 7

Flynn Weeks

Flynn Weeks

April 21, 2022

Enabled by default

Service: Microsoft Windows Security auditing

Log type: Security

A special logon indicates that a user or process with elevated or administrator privileges has logged onto the system. This log is recommended under HIPAA and PCI DSS for compliance and is recommended by the NSA Event Forwarding Guidance and JPCERT/CC.

To view this log in the Event Viewer, open the event viewer and navigate to the Windows Logs heading and then the Security Tab. From here, filter the log for the ID 4672.

To view this log in the command line with Get-WinEvent, open PowerShell as an administrator. From here, enter the command Get-WinEvent -FilterHashTable @{LogName='Security';ID='4672'} -MaxEvents 1 | Format-List

To view this log in the command line with wevtutil, open PowerShell or Command Prompt as an administrator. From here, enter the commandwevtutil qe Security "/q:*[System [(EventID=4672)]]"

View Logs
Get-WinEvent -FilterHashTable @{LogName='Security';ID='4672'} -MaxEvents 1 | Format-List
Check Logging Status
auditpol /get /subcategory:"Special Logon"
Disable Logging
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Special Logon" /Success:Disable /Failure:Disable
Enable Logging
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Special Logon" /Success:Enable /Failure:Enable
Language: Powershell
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