It is possible to use Service Configuration Manager for executing fileless lateral movement, which is explained in SCShell by @MrUn1k0d3r and SharpNoPSExec by @JulioUrena tools repository that were used in this demo to simulate this type of attacks. "So instead of creating a service it simply remotely open a service and modify the binary path name via the
Both tools rely on ChangeServiceConfigA API call to change the Image Path of the service configuration :
result = ChangeServiceConfig(serviceInfo.serviceHandle, SERVICE_NO_CHANGE, SERVICE_DEMAND_START, 0, options.payload, null, IntPtr.Zero, null, null, null, null);
SharpNoPSExec will query all services and randomly pick one with a start type disable or manual, the current status stopped and with LocalSystem privileges to reuse them.
Showing bellow the simulation using SCShell tool where you have to specify the service name you wanna use, in my case I used the default arguments provided with the tool
On the target system we noticed these endpoint events
In this threat hunting lab we used Zeek event logs to observe network events generated such an attack.
To see more details, I provided bellow a PCAP capture of the attack.