PowerShell event log xml xpath select not working

By : Taoism
Source: Stackoverflow.com

Would anyone be able to tell my why the selects below don't work? I don't get errors. They just return nothing.

The xml below is the actual event log item converted to xml. I only changed a few values to ensure not private info would be in this post.

$Str represents output from a single event log item. i.e. $event.ToXml().

$str = @"
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing" Guid="{54849625-5478-4994-A5BA-3E3B0328C30D}" />
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2014-06-05T12:41:42.490143500Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="636" ThreadID="2084" />
    <Security />
    <Data Name="SubjectUserSid">S-1-0-0</Data>
    <Data Name="SubjectUserName">-</Data>
    <Data Name="SubjectDomainName">-</Data>
    <Data Name="SubjectLogonId">0x0</Data>
    <Data Name="TargetUserSid">S-1-x-xx</Data>
    <Data Name="TargetUserName">SERVERHOSTNAME$</Data>
    <Data Name="TargetDomainName">TESTDOM</Data>
    <Data Name="TargetLogonId">0x0000000</Data>
    <Data Name="LogonType">3</Data>
    <Data Name="LogonProcessName">Kerberos</Data>
    <Data Name="AuthenticationPackageName">Kerberos</Data>
    <Data Name="WorkstationName"></Data>
    <Data Name="LogonGuid">{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}</Data>
    <Data Name="TransmittedServices">-</Data>
    <Data Name="LmPackageName">-</Data>
    <Data Name="KeyLength">0</Data>
    <Data Name="ProcessId">0x0</Data>
    <Data Name="ProcessName">-</Data>
    <Data Name="IpAddress">::1</Data>
    <Data Name="IpPort">0</Data>
[xml]$x = $str

#Why isn't this select working?

#what I am actually trying to accomplish is selecting the value 
#associated to specific attributes, i.e.
$UserSid = $x.SelectSingleNode("/Event/EventData/Data[@name='TargetUserSid']").Value
$UserName = $x.SelectSingleNode("/Event/EventData/Data[@name='TargetUserName']").Value

I am just not enough of an XML guru to understand why these selects are not working. The xml has a namespace (as an attribute in the <event/> tag and is properly formatted.

Any insight into this would be appreciated.

By : Taoism


This is a classic problem when working with XML; your XML has default namespace (xmlns="...."). The element where the namespace defined and all it's descendants without prefix and without different default namespace declaration considered in the same namespace.

To be able to access elements in a namespace you have to declare a prefix that point to the namespace URI and use that prefix in your XPath query, for example :

$ns = New-Object System.Xml.XmlNamespaceManager($x.NameTable)
$ns.AddNamespace("ns", $x.DocumentElement.NamespaceURI)
$x.SelectNodes("/ns:Event/ns:EventData", $ns)
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