Beyond good ol’ Run key, Part 137

2022-1-22 09:8:59 Author: 阅读量:7 收藏

January 22, 2022 in Autostart (Persistence)

This is a neat persistence trick you can use… if you got access to TrustedInstaller…

The wininet.dll library in Windows 10+ extends the functionality of InternetErrorDlg function to reach out to a configurable Registry location that supports handling of unknown error messages. The function takes the error code as an argument and reaches out to the following location:

CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\LUI\<error>

It then reads the value in a form of an expandable string and extracts library name from it by splitting it from the exported API name using an exclamation mark as a separator. And if a given error code doesn’t have an entry the function defaults to value ‘0’ which by default points to:


I was curious if I could force the loading of my own payload and after launching Process Monitor with a filter on \Lui path I was able to quickly trigger error 12040 (ERROR_INTERNET_HTTPS_TO_HTTP_ON_REDIR). I then added an entry for my own test library and was able to load my DLL 🙂

There are at least two caveats:

  • You need TrustedInstaller rights to add/modify the registry entry
  • User needs to use Internet Explorer (I couldn’t trigger it in Edge)