Preparation.exe

  • File Path: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000\packages\wdexpress_full\Preparation.exe
  • Description: Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

Hashes

Type Hash
MD5 4B815231741879D4BDC210D49947F1AC
SHA1 2881C0C707E29C7268CDD3F9D81A6E53C63C1D80
SHA256 9107BB3C06902071F3BB94E6D9986A57D8BED01EF3074A9FCF11CAE66952CBE5
SHA384 C70D92386CE2AC7C34BED3317A1E6FCE2F68E814BFB9779DA6CC2B7AB23FDA7532830203883999F8CD00BFE67F8763C9
SHA512 67DC63BB84F48CE0B70BC8BBEFFA737C82BF7C183AD7937F8172BE53ED307B9A043DECE483BD9020C79A2E32F8A0A57DDC94FEB61EDA4EE5774865C0CBAD5F69
SSDEEP 3072:/3PpKOd0dAeJopCjW+C1dvI8YOOYI0UmpKpu0PaT57qap:sdAeJQCg7Amjgadlp

Signature

  • Status: Signature verified.
  • Serial: 330000010A2C79AED7797BA6AC00010000010A
  • Thumbprint: 3BDA323E552DB1FDE5F4FBEE75D6D5B2B187EEDC
  • Issuer: CN=Microsoft Code Signing PCA, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
  • Subject: CN=Microsoft Corporation, OU=MOPR, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US

File Metadata

  • Original Filename: Preparation.exe
  • Product Name: Microsoft Visual Studio Preparation
  • Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
  • File Version: 14.0.23107.0 built by: D14REL
  • Product Version: 14.0.23107.0
  • Language: English (United States)
  • Legal Copyright: Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

File Similarity (ssdeep match)

File Score
C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000\packages\patch_KB3110221\Preparation.exe 80
C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000\packages\vsupdate_KB3022398\Preparation.exe 85

Possible Misuse

The following table contains possible examples of Preparation.exe being misused. While Preparation.exe is not inherently malicious, its legitimate functionality can be abused for malicious purposes.

Source Source File Example License
sigma lnx_shell_priv_esc_prep.yml title: Privilege Escalation Preparation DRL 1.0
sigma lnx_shell_priv_esc_prep.yml description: Detects suspicious shell commands indicating the information gathering phase as preparation for the Privilege Escalation. DRL 1.0
sigma lnx_shell_priv_esc_prep.yml - https://patrick-bareiss.com/detect-privilege-escalation-preparation-in-linux-with-sigma/ DRL 1.0
sigma win_tap_driver_installation.yml description: Well-known TAP software installation. Possible preparation for data exfiltration using tunnelling techniques DRL 1.0
sigma win_tap_installer_execution.yml description: Well-known TAP software installation. Possible preparation for data exfiltration using tunneling techniques DRL 1.0

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