Breaking BaDDEr

Created the Monday 26 October 2020. Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago.

Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is a protocol that allows applications to share data with each other. The Dynamic Data Exchange Management Library (DDEML) is a set of functions that facilitate data sharing using the DDE protocol. DDE and DDEML are commonly used in Microsoft Office to enable data to be shared between applications. In October 2017, a vulnerability was discovered in Microsoft Office that could be exploited using DDE to execute arbitrary code. Since then, DDE has been disabled by default in Microsoft Office and is no longer considered a critical component.

This injection method is limited to the explorer.exe process, which is the process that handles graphical user interface (GUI) elements in the Windows operating system.

Featured Windows API's

Below, you will find a list of the most commonly used Windows API's that are currently utilized by malware authors for current evasion technique. This list is meant to provide an overview of the API's that are commonly used for this purpose. If there are any API's that you feel should be included on this list, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to update the list and provide any additional information or documentation that may be helpful.

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External Links

The resources provided below are associated links that will give you even more detailed information and research on current evasion technique. It is important to note that, while these resources may be helpful, it is important to exercise caution when following external links. As always, be careful when clicking on links from unknown sources, as they may lead to malicious content.

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