My TaskManager spreadsheet provides you with a couple of commands to terminate (malicious) programs. But sometimes these commands can’t terminate a process (for various reasons).
Today I’m adding a new command to our toolkit: injecting and executing shellcode in the target process. I’m providing 32-bit and 64-bit shellcode that calls ExitProcess. When this shellcode is injected and executed inside a process, the process will terminate itself.
Here I’m using the command “e ep64”: this command injects and executes the shellcode found in sheet ep64 (as hex strings) in process notepad:
The result is that notepad will terminate itself.
When using TaskManager on a 64-bit system, you’ll have to pay attention to the following: to terminate a 32-bit process, you inject 32-bit shellcode (ep32) and for a 64-bit process, you use 64-bit shellcode (ep64). And a 32-bit process can’t access a 64-bit process’ memory through the Windows API, so if you are using 32-bit Excel on a 64-bit machine, you won’t be able to inject shellcode into 64-bit processes.
FYI: If you want to know more about 32-bit and 64-bit processes on x64 Windows, I’ll bedoing a workshop at Brucon this year: “Windows x64: The Essentials”.