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Windows Escalate UAC Protection Bypass (In Memory Injection)

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Windows Escalate UAC Protection Bypass (In Memory Injection)



This module will bypass Windows UAC by utilizing the trusted publisher certificate through process injection. It will spawn a second shell that has the UAC flag turned off. This module uses the Reflective DLL Injection technique to drop only the DLL payload binary instead of three separate binaries in the standard technique. However, it requires the correct architecture to be selected, (use x64 for SYSWOW64 systems also). If specifying EXE::Custom your DLL should call ExitProcess() after starting your payload in a separate process.


  • David Kennedy "ReL1K" <kennedyd013@gmail.com>
  • mitnick
  • mubix <mubix@hak5.org>
  • Ben Campbell <eat_meatballs@hotmail.co.uk>
  • Lesage
  • OJ Reeves




Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/local/bypassuac_injection
msf exploit(bypassuac_injection) > show targets
msf exploit(bypassuac_injection) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(bypassuac_injection) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(bypassuac_injection) > exploit

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