Object Access Event: 4659

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Object Access » Object Access Event: 4659

Event ID 4659 – A Handle To An Object Was Requested With Intent To Delete

Event ID 4659
Category Object Access
Sub-Category File System; Registry; Other Object Access Events
Type Success Audit
Description A handle to an object was requested with intent to delete.

Event ID 4659 is logged when an object handle has been requested with the intent of deletion. If a file is opened exclusively by another program, raising this flag is the only way to delete the file. This is event is classified under multiple sub-categories, to accomodate for the different object types it has to deal with.

This log data provides the following information:

  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Logon ID
  • Object Server
  • Object Type
  • Object Name
  • Handle ID
  • Process ID
  • Transaction ID
  • Accesses
  • Access Mask
  • Privileges Used For Access Check

Why does event ID 4659 need to be monitored?

  • To track attempts to delete files and other Windows objects
  • To prevent privilege abuse
  • To detect abnormal and potentially malicious activity
  • To ensure compliance with regulatory mandates

Pro Tip:

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Event 4659 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2008 R2 and 7
  • Windows 2012 R2 and 8.1
  • Windows 2016 and 10

Corresponding event in Windows 2003 and before: 563