Created the Monday 18 March 2019. Updated 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

NtSetInformationThread can be used to hide threads from debuggers using the ThreadHideFromDebugger ThreadInfoClass (0x11 / 17). This is intended to be used by an external process, but any thread can use it on itself.

After the thread is hidden from the debugger, it will continue running but the debugger won’t receive events related to this thread. This thread can perform anti-debugging checks such as code checksum, debug flags verification, etc.

Technique Identifiers

U0119 B0001.014

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