Didier Stevens

Saturday 14 March 2020

Update: cmd.dll Version 0.0.5

Filed under: My Software,Update — Didier Stevens @ 15:24

I noticed that I didn’t post the latest version of my cmd.dll program.

And I looked into moving this code to the new ReactOS builder, but that still does not offer 64-bit builds, thus I’m postponing this migration.

cmd-dll_v0_0_5.zip (https)
MD5: 9BDBB368CDB576BDC05DDE76BC30702F
SHA256: 4757333DD509C77504E3FFCD1B01A2FFC6EC80AE518AE9CD787E80BF1281806D

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Create Your Own CMD.XLS

Filed under: Hacking,My Software — Didier Stevens @ 0:00

For several years now I’ve been using my modified cmd.exe from Excel.


I’m not releasing this spreadsheet with my cmd code, but I release the VBA code. You can create your own spreadsheet (or Word document) with this VBA file. If you don’t know how, here’s a video:

Sunday 13 December 2015

Windows Backup Privilege: CMD.EXE

Filed under: Forensics,My Software — Didier Stevens @ 0:00

You probably encountered the situation where you could not access a file, even as an administrator. For example hiberfil.sys.

There is a way in Windows to read any file regardless of DACLs: the backup privilege.

I updated ReactOS’ cmd.exe shell to use the backup privilege.

I added a new command: privilege. This command enables the backup privilege. To be able to enable a privilege, you need to have the privilege: you have the backup privilege if you’re an administrator and elevate the process (cmd.exe).

And I updated the copy and type command to make use of the enabled backup privilege.

Finally, there’s yet another new command: info. This command gives the MAC timestamps, file attributes and SDDL of the given file/folder.

cmd-dll_v0_0_4.zip (https)
MD5: D9D75A10F2C328B708303F9BD24B9AD3
SHA256: 952CFB833D4F22093D7DF837372239A1199C1738FFFFED76124AF8668F4D3877

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Signed Spreadsheet with cmd.dll & regedit.dll

Filed under: Hacking,My Software — Didier Stevens @ 14:05

Remember my Excel with cmd.dll & regedit.dll?

Paul Craig has a signed version of my spreadsheet on his iKAT site. Download ikat3.zip and look for officekat.xls.

These signed macros are handy when you’re working in a restricted environment that requires Office macros to be signed.

Sunday 4 July 2010

Quickpost: Preventing the /Launch Action “cmd.exe” Bypass

Filed under: PDF,Quickpost — Didier Stevens @ 21:20

Adobe has released a new Adobe Reader version that contains functionality to block my /Launch action PoC, but Bkis found a bypass: just put double quotes around cmd.exe, like this:  “cmd.exe”.

I did some research and discovered that Adobe implemented a blacklist of extensions for the launch action, but that the blacklisting functionality identifies the file type of “cmd.exe” as .exe”, and not .exe

Adobe is aware of the issue, and will evaluate the need to fix the blacklisting functionality.

But meanwhile, you can apply my fix to block launching “cmd.exe”.

You can configure the blacklist of extensions via the registry. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\product\version\FeatureLockDown\cDefaultLaunchAttachmentPerms and open registry value tBuiltInPermList.

This is a list of |-separated extensions, together with the action Adobe Reader should take (3 means block the extension). Add .exe”:3 to block “cmd.exe”:

With this addition, Bkis’ bypass will not work anymore:

Some further testing shows that adding 2 double quotes is also a way to bypass the blacklist: “”cmd.exe””:

So we need to block this too:

I tested 3 and 4 quotes too, but this is not accepted by Adobe Reader. But should there still be other valid characters to append to the extension, you can block them in the same way as I showed here, until Adobe fixes the blacklist functionality.

Quickpost info

Monday 8 February 2010

Excel with cmd.dll & regedit.dll

Filed under: Hacking,My Software — Didier Stevens @ 21:17

I modified the source code of ReactOS‘ cmd and regedit for the following trick:

Let me summarize how I did this, as this is the combined result of several techniques I blogged about before.

You can download regedit.dll here and the new version of cmd.dll with the DLL command here. The DLL command I added allows you to load a DLL with LoadLibrary or directly into memory (/m option). When loaded with LoadLibrary, the library will be unloaded with FreeLibrary unless you use option /k to keep it loaded.

The DLL command assumes that your DLLs execute via the DllMain entry-point when they get loaded.

Thursday 4 February 2010


Filed under: Hacking,My Software — Didier Stevens @ 1:16

This is something I’ve wanted to do for some time: take a command interpreter and transform it from an EXE into a DLL.

Why you ask? Well, because it’s a fun challenge 😉

But also because a DLL is loaded into a process. In a restricted environment, it can be injected into a legitimate process and thus bypass the restriction mechanisms.

Metasploit’s Meterpreter is another example of a command interpreter in DLL form.

cmd.exe from Microsoft is closed source, but there is an open-source variant available from the ReactOS project.

Compiling cmd.exe from ReactOS is simple: download the source-code and the ReactOS build environment. Install it, start the build environment  and issue command make cmd. That’s all you need to do to compile cmd.exe (I used version 0.3.11).

Transforming the source code to generate a DLL in stead of an EXE is simple. You need to change 3 files.

Edit file cmd.rbuild and make these changes to the module element:

<module name="cmd" type="win32dll" installbase="system32" installname="cmd.dll" unicode="yes" crt="msvcrt">

Because I want to use this DLL in GUI-processes without console, I need to create a console. Edit file cmd.c and add AllocConsole(); to function cmd_main:

InputCodePage= 0;
OutputCodePage = 0;



And because a DLL has another entry-function than an EXE, edit file main.c and replace function main with function DllMain:

#include <precomp.h>

 IN PVOID hInstanceDll,
 IN ULONG dwReason,
 IN PVOID reserved)
 switch (dwReason)
 cmd_main(0, NULL);




 return TRUE;

That’s it. Recompile with make cmd to generate cmd.dll

There are still some improvements we can make, but that’s for a later version: error messages are not displayed, exiting the shell terminates the host process, …

You can download the modified source files and compiled cmd.dll here.

This is a screenshot of cmd.dll injected inside Excel with my memory module shellcode:

Saturday 2 January 2021

Overview of Content Published in 2020

Filed under: Announcement — Didier Stevens @ 0:00

Here is an overview of content I published in 2020:

Blog posts:

YouTube videos:

Videoblog posts:

SANS ISC Diary entries:

NVISO blog posts:

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Quickpost: Downloading Files With Windows Defender & User Agent String

Filed under: Quickpost — Didier Stevens @ 7:29

@mohammadaskar2 found out you can use Windows Defender to download arbitrary files. Like this:

"c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18.2008.9-0\mpcmdrun.exe" -DownloadFile -url http://didierstevens.com/index.html -path test.html

This command uses MpCommunication as User Agent String:

Update: this download feature has been disabled.

Quickpost info

Friday 3 April 2020

Overview of Content Published in March

Filed under: Announcement — Didier Stevens @ 0:00

Here is an overview of content I published in March:

Blog posts:

YouTube videos:

Videoblog posts:

SANS ISC Diary entries:

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