Dirty Vanity

Created the Sunday 18 December 2022. Updated 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

Dirty Vanity is a process injection technique that exploits the Windows forking (process reflection and snapshotting) feature to inject code into a new process.

It uses the RtlCreateProcessReflection or NtCreateProcess[Ex] primitives, along with the PROCESS_VM_OPERATION, PROCESS_CREATE_THREAD, and PROCESS_DUP_HANDLE flags to reflect and execute code in a new process.

The technique also makes use of various methods, such as NtCreateSection and NtMapViewOfSection, VirtualAllocEx and WriteProcessMemory, and NtSetContextThread (also known as Ghost Writing), to write the injected code into the new process.

This technique is designed to evade detection by endpoint security solutions, as the injected code appears to have been written to the new process, rather than being injected from an external source.

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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