Beyond good ol’ Run key, Part 135

January 16, 2022 in Autostart (Persistence)

These days I post most of the new stuff on Twitter as no one reads blogs anymore, right? 🙂

Still, good to document some of it in a more permanent way so this is the persistence bit I posted about yesterday:

A number of tools inside the c:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\ folder:

  • audit.exe
  • oobeldr.exe
  • Setup.exe
  • windeploy.exe
  • winsetup.dll

include references to c:\WINDOWS\Setup\Scripts\ErrorHandler.cmd.

Turns out, if you drop your payload to c:\WINDOWS\Setup\Scripts\ErrorHandler.cmd the c:\WINDOWS\system32\oobe\Setup.exe will load it anytime there is an error. The most trivial way to trigger it is by running setup.exe w/o any arguments.

I have not checked the other executables, but it’s most likely the case as well.

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