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Sleeping DLL beauties

February 4, 2020 in Random ideas, Silly, Undocumented Windows Internals

How do we sleep?

We do one of these:

  • kernel32/kernelbase ! Sleep
  • kernel32/kernelbase ! SleepEx
  • ntdll ! ZwDelayExecution

but… not only.

Windows 10 offers more libs with more sleeping goodness:

  • staterepository.core.dll ! sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • winsqlite3.dll ! sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • number of tools e.g. Visual Studio offer access to e_sqlite3.dll ! sqlite3_win32_sleep, Python to sqlite3.dll ! sqlite3_win32_sleep

These are actually identical SQLite functions exported by various libraries.

And then you may have LibreSSL on your system (c:\windows\system32\libcrypto.dll), so you can use:

  • libcrypto.dll, sleep

All of them can be used as a lame anti-sandbox/anti-analysis alternative to traditional delay functions listed at the top of the post. And as a random, but lasting very long delay replacing a never ending loop in batch files, or if lucky, maybe even ping


By executing these APIs via rundll32:

  • start /wait rundll32 kernel32.dll, Sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 kernelbase.dll, Sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 kernel32.dll, SleepEx
  • start /wait rundll32 kernelbase.dll, SleepEx
  • start /wait rundll32 staterepository.core.dll, sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 winsqlite3.dll, sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 sqlite3.dll, sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 e_sqlite3.dll, sqlite3_win32_sleep
  • start /wait rundll32 libcrypto.dll, sleep

In these cases the argument to functions will be pretty high numbers (taken from stack and kinda random), but it’s not about logic, is it? 😉

Less known command line args of MSOHTMED.EXE

January 20, 2020 in Undocumented Windows Internals


After I posted it @0gtweet provided a feedback which I used to update the post. Thanks!

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This is just a blurb about a MSOHTMED cmd line arg I have not seen documented previously. Not sure if it can be used for anything special, but documenting it for the sake of it anyway.


will open <file> with a following program chosen depending on a value of N:

  • 0 – Word
  • 1 – Excel
  • 2 – PowerPoint
  • 3 – Access
  • 4 – Sharepoint Designer
  • 5 – Publisher
  • 6 – Project
  • 7 – Visio
  • 8 – OneNote
  • 9 – ForeFront (not confirmed!)

If a target app is not installed, the file will be opened by Word.