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Event Triggered Execution: Netsh Helper DLL

Description from ATT&CK

Adversaries may establish persistence by executing malicious content triggered by Netsh Helper DLLs. Netsh.exe (also referred to as Netshell) is a command-line scripting utility used to interact with the network configuration of a system. It contains functionality to add helper DLLs for extending functionality of the utility.(Citation: TechNet Netsh) The paths to registered netsh.exe helper DLLs are entered into the Windows Registry at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Netsh.

Adversaries can use netsh.exe helper DLLs to trigger execution of arbitrary code in a persistent manner. This execution would take place anytime netsh.exe is executed, which could happen automatically, with another persistence technique, or if other software (ex: VPN) is present on the system that executes netsh.exe as part of its normal functionality.(Citation: Github Netsh Helper CS Beacon)(Citation: Demaske Netsh Persistence)

Atomic Tests

Atomic Test #1 - Netsh Helper DLL Registration

You can register a "helper dll" with Netsh as a persistance mechanism. The code in the dll is executed every time netsh.exe is called. The NetshHelper.dll provided with the atomic will simply launch notepad when netsh.exe is run.

Blog Sample DLL code

Supported Platforms: windows

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Name Description Type Default Value
helper_file Path to DLL path PathToAtomicsFolder\T1546.007\bin\NetshHelper.dll

Attack Commands: Run with command_prompt! Elevation Required (e.g. root or admin)

netsh.exe add helper "#{helper_file}"
taskkill /im notepad.exe /t /f > NUL 2>&1

Cleanup Commands:

netsh.exe delete helper "#{helper_file}"

Dependencies: Run with powershell!

Description: Helper DLL must exist on disk at specified location (#{helper_file})

Check Prereq Commands:

if (Test-Path "#{helper_file}") { exit 0} else { exit 1}

Get Prereq Commands:

New-Item -Type Directory (split-path "#{helper_file}") -ErrorAction ignore | Out-Null
Invoke-WebRequest "" -OutFile "#{helper_file}"