Powershell Profile Persistence

It's possible to use powershell profiles for persistence and/or privilege escalation.


There are four places you can abuse the powershell profile, depending on the privileges you have:

$PROFILE | select *

Let's add the code to a $profile variable (that expands to the current user's profile file) that will get executed the next time the compromised user launches a powershell console:

echo "whoami > c:\temp\whoami.txt" > $PROFILE

Once the compromised user launches powershell, our code gets executed:

If the user is not using profiles, the technique will stick out immediately due to the "loading personal and system profiles..." message at the top.


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