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Propagate, Ribbonate

December 22, 2020 in Anti-Forensics, Code Injection, Forensic Analysis, Malware Analysis

I thought Propagate technique is a dead horse. Described, implemented, used in malware.


There is perhaps one more possibility, or four.

When you open Windows Explorer and Ribbons are enabled:

the UIRibbon.dll DLL gets loaded into this process address space:

One of the things the DLL does is setting properties of its internal windows using the following methods:

  • HWndContainer::Build(HWND hWnd, char a2, struct HWndContainer **a3)
    • Property:0xA91C
  • OfficeSpace::Root::SetEventLogger(OfficeSpace::Root *this, struct IUIEventLogger *a2)
    • Property: 0xBCDE
  • NetUI::SetCommandManager(HWND hWnd, HWND hData, struct NetUI::ICommandManager *a3)
    • Property:0xBCDF
  • UXHwndEffectsManager::FInitialize@(HANDLE hData@, HWND hWnd@, bool a3, bool a4, bool a5)


So, what do we do with this?

These are all possible targets for a Propagate code injection as all these properties appear to be holding virtual table pointers…

When good URLs are bad for business

November 15, 2020 in Forensic Analysis, Incident Response, Malware Analysis, Proxy Logs Analysis

Analyzing memory dumps comes with a price – ‘good’ information overload. One that annoys me a lot is running URl/domain extraction tools over the memdump and finding tones of legitimate URLs that make it harder to find the juicy stuff I am after. I mean, things like:


There is a lot of ‘good’ URLs embedded in manifests, various resources (e.g. HTML/XML/Json/CSS files), certificates, and many are introduced as a side-effect of linking with static libraries that often include copyright information and URL to author’s page. And of course, there is vendor information either directly in the resources or in binary or its config files.

Not only memory dump analysis suffer from it. The same goes for network log analysis – lots of requests that ‘hide’ the juicy stuff are related to authentication checks, downloads from certificate stores, etc..

In an effort to help with analysis I started building a small repository of these ‘good’ URL (at the moment primarily related to certificates). I extracted these from my ‘good’ sample repository so I believe all of them are legitimate. If you find any error, please let me know.

You can download the repo here.