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Date: Thu, 5 May 2022 14:21:40 -0400
From: malvuln <>
Subject: [FD] Trojan.Ransom.Cryptowall / Code Execution

Discovery / credits: Malvuln - (John Page - aka hyp3rlinx) (c) 2022
Original source:

Threat: Trojan.Ransom.Cryptowall
Vulnerability: Code Execution
Description: Cryptowall looks for and executes DLLs in its current
directory. Therefore, we can hijack a vuln DLL, execute our own code,
control and terminate the malware pre-encryption. The exploit dll checks if
the current directory is "C:\Windows\System32", if not we grab our process
ID and terminate. We do not need to rely on hash signatures or third-party
products, the malwares flaw does the work for us. Endpoint protection
systems and or antivirus can potentially be killed prior to executing
malware, but this method cannot as there's nothing to kill the DLL just
lives on disk waiting. From a defensive perspective you can add the DLLs to
a specific network share containing important data as a layered approach.
All basic tests were conducted successfully in a virtual machine
Family: Cryptowall
Type: PE32
MD5: 0CFFEE266A8F14103158465E2ECDD2C1
Vuln ID: MVID-2022-0584
Disclosure: 05/05/2022
Video PoC URL:

1) Compile the following C code as "urlmon.dll" 32bit
2) Place the DLL in same directory as the ransomware
3) Optional - Hide it: attrib +s +h "urlmon.dll"
4) Run the malware

#include "windows.h"

//By malvuln - 5/5/2022
//gcc -c urlmon.c -m32
//gcc -shared -o urlmon.dll urlmon.o -m32

Author is NOT responsible for any damages whatsoever by using this software
or improper malware
handling. By using this code you assume and accept all risk implied or

BOOL APIENTRY DllMain(HINSTANCE hInst, DWORD reason, LPVOID reserved){
  switch (reason) {
   MessageBox(NULL, "Code Exec", "by malvuln", MB_OK);
   if(GetCurrentDirectory(MAX_PATH, buf))
   if(strcmp("c:\\Windows\\system32", buf) != 0){
    HANDLE handle = OpenProcess(PROCESS_TERMINATE, FALSE, getpid());
     if (NULL != handle) {
        TerminateProcess(handle, 0);
  return TRUE;

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