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Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2022 20:14:31 -0400
From: malvuln <>
Subject: [FD] / Arbitrary Code Execution

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

Vulnerability: Arbitrary Code Execution
Description: Hive Ransomware will load and execute arbitrary .EXE PE files
if a third-party adversary or defender uses the vulnerable naming
convention of "vssadmin.exe" or "wmic.exe" and the PE file is placed in the
vacinity of Hive Ransomware when it is executed.
Family: Hive
Type: PE64
MD5: 44aba241dd3f0d156c6ed82a0ab3a9e1
Vuln ID: MVID-2022-0636
Disclosure: 09/06/2022

1) Compile to "vssadmin.exe"
2) Supplying Hive CL credentials e.g. -u <login>:<password>


#include "windows.h"
#include "tlhelp32.h"
#include "psapi.h"

//Compiled x64
//By Malvuln - 2022
//Purpose: RCE PWN Hive Ransomware
//MD5: 44aba241dd3f0d156c6ed82a0ab3a9e1
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

DWORD getParentPID(DWORD pid){
    HANDLE h32 = NULL;
    PROCESSENTRY32 pe = {0};
    DWORD ppid = 0;
    pe.dwSize = sizeof(PROCESSENTRY32);
    h32 = CreateToolhelp32Snapshot(TH32CS_SNAPPROCESS, 0);
    if(Process32First(h32, &pe)){
            if (pe.th32ProcessID == pid){
                ppid = pe.th32ParentProcessID;
        } while( Process32Next(h32, &pe));
    return (ppid);

int main(void){
    DWORD ppid = getParentPID(GetCurrentProcessId());
    HANDLE handle = OpenProcess(PROCESS_TERMINATE, FALSE, ppid);
     if (NULL != handle) {
        TerminateProcess(handle, 0);
       MessageBox(NULL, "Not the vssadmin.exe you wanted :(\nHive
Ransomware PWNED!\n\nBy Malvuln", "Code Execution PoC\n", MB_OK);
    return 0;

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