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Windows 10 UAC Protection Bypass Via Windows Store (WSReset.exe) and Registry

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Windows 10 UAC Protection Bypass Via Windows Store (WSReset.exe) and Registry



This module exploits a flaw in the WSReset.exe file associated with the Windows Store. This binary has autoelevate privs, and it will run a binary file contained in a low-privilege registry location. By placing a link to the binary in the registry location, WSReset.exe will launch the binary as a privileged user.


  • ACTIVELabs
  • sailay1996
  • bwatters-r7




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_windows_store_reg
msf exploit(bypassuac_windows_store_reg) > show targets
msf exploit(bypassuac_windows_store_reg) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(bypassuac_windows_store_reg) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(bypassuac_windows_store_reg) > exploit

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