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Assume the following:

  • An attacker has access to a remote Windows share on a remote host.
  • Attacker manages to bruteforce a local Windows account on the host and can login to it via SMB.
  • Attacker can write files via SMB.
  • Victim is fully patched and attacker does not have any zero days.
  • Victim is not a member of a domain controller, it is just a share with local Windows authen.

Can the attacker force the Windows computer to run an executable? If so, how?

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While psexec or wmiexec (Linux python equivalent) will work, the latest Windows updates do not work with the default installation.

This is because the ADMIN$ and C$ shares are not accessible without explicit registry configuration.

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