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Trojan-Ransom.Thanos / Code Execution

2022-05-27 22:40
Discovery / credits: Malvuln (John Page aka hyp3rlinx) (c) 2022
Original source:
Contact: malvuln13 () gmail com
Media: twitter.com/malvuln

Threat: Trojan-Ransom.Thanos
Vulnerability: Code Execution
Description: Thanos looks for and executes DLLs in its current directory.
Therefore, we can potentially hijack a vuln DLL execute our own code,
control and terminate the malware pre-encryption. The exploit dll will
check if the current directory is "C:WindowsSystem32", if not we grab our
process ID and terminate. We do not need to rely on hash signature or
third-party product, the malwares own flaw will do the work for us.
Endpoint protection systems and or antivirus can potentially be killed
prior to executing malware, but this method cannot as theres nothing to
kill the DLL just lives on disk waiting. From 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 environment.
Family: Thanos
Type: PE32
MD5: be60e389a0108b2871dff12dfbb542ac
Vuln ID: MVID-2022-0607
Disclosure: 05/16/2022
Video PoC URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwXnH2EWLZI

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

#include "windows.h"

//By malvuln - 5/2022
//Purpose: Exploit Thanos
//gcc -c CRYPTSP.c -m32
//gcc -shared -o CRYPTSP.dll CRYPTSP.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, "Ransom.ThanosnPWNED by Malvuln", "Code Exec PoC",
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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