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Phishing: Embedded Internet Explorer

In this phishing lab I am just playing around with the POCs researched, coded and described by Yorick Koster in his blog post Click me if you can, Office social engineering with embedded objects


{% file src="../../../.gitbook/assets/webbrowser.docx" caption="WebBrowser.docx" %}

{% file src="../../../.gitbook/assets/poc.ps1" caption="phishing-iex-embedded.ps1" %}


As with other phishing documents, we can unzip the .docx and do a simple hexdump/strings on the oleObject1.bin to look for any suspicious strings referring to some sort of file/code execution:

The CLSID object that makes this technique work is a Shell.Explorer.1 object, as seen here:

Get-ChildItem 'registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{EAB22AC3-30C1-11CF-A7EB-0000C05BAE0B}'

As an analyst, one should inspect the .bin file and look for the {EAB22AC3-30C1-11CF-A7EB-0000C05BAE0B} bytes inside, signifying the Shell.Explorer.1 object being embedded in the .bin file:


{% embed url="" %}