control.exe

  • File Path: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe
  • Description: Windows Control Panel

Hashes

Type Hash
MD5 1F13E714A0FEA8887707DFF49287996F
SHA1 176B874D0C163C9561E35C0CF7EE4D5A56292877
SHA256 CF19EAFF8AE1D6A4AB70A2E2CE996F49D3AFDC193EE8F69AEF881E5727BC8F38
SHA384 93901F13FBA747693FD5E84E008511137BC5EE719D025F6EC2AE1D18D1EE95B725A27B7F534BCC6800DB322D80AD4A01
SHA512 625221290EBDD98F75022A9FBFED9E4218A13B7F1CF062E9B4BC1FB48678E41B3C6A1FE7BFE9AC882245C86E4471E751765BA1F886BA605E348701E9A5CE09B8
SSDEEP 1536:pDhE4VlBe/qzSpZ3r1q6QkjfkQUk8+k6kawM1x8Dkf8dani25imK:lpzB7Sp5+1k12b/Af885RK
IMP A3EBCFE0050EB5B2420A836D354C33A7
PESHA1 0ED80D5F18920094D365BBC0090175181CCC42C9
PE256 DED6B1CC2903F554CD0427153323658EF9BB4169D736594C7DD2B064726502E5

Runtime Data

Loaded Modules:

Path
C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\Windows\System32\wow64.dll
C:\Windows\System32\wow64cpu.dll
C:\Windows\System32\wow64win.dll
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe

Signature

  • Status: Signature verified.
  • Serial: 33000001C422B2F79B793DACB20000000001C4
  • Thumbprint: AE9C1AE54763822EEC42474983D8B635116C8452
  • Issuer: CN=Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
  • Subject: CN=Microsoft Windows, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US

File Metadata

  • Original Filename: CONTROL.EXE
  • Product Name: Microsoft Windows Operating System
  • Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
  • File Version: 10.0.17763.1 (WinBuild.160101.0800)
  • Product Version: 10.0.17763.1
  • Language: English (United States)
  • Legal Copyright: Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
  • Machine Type: 32-bit

File Scan

  • VirusTotal Detections: 0/71
  • VirusTotal Link: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/cf19eaff8ae1d6a4ab70a2e2ce996f49d3afdc193ee8f69aef881e5727bc8f38/detection/

File Similarity (ssdeep match)

File Score
C:\Windows\system32\control.exe 66
C:\WINDOWS\system32\control.exe 85
C:\windows\system32\control.exe 85
C:\WINDOWS\system32\control.exe 86
C:\Windows\system32\control.exe 85
C:\Windows\system32\control.exe 85
C:\Windows\system32\control.exe 83
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe 85
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe 63
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\control.exe 85
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe 86
C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\control.exe 88
C:\windows\SysWOW64\control.exe 86

Possible Misuse

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

Source Source File Example License
sigma win_susp_control_cve_2021_40444.yml Image\|endswith: '\control.exe' DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_control_cve_2021_40444.yml CommandLine\|endswith: '\control.exe input.dll' DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_control_dll_load.yml description: Detects suspicious Rundll32 execution from control.exe as used by Equation Group and Exploit Kits DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_control_dll_load.yml ParentImage\|endswith: '\System32\control.exe' DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_workfolders.yml description: Detects using WorkFolders.exe to execute an arbitrary control.exe DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_workfolders.yml Image\|endswith: '\control.exe' DRL 1.0
sigma win_susp_workfolders.yml Image: 'C:\Windows\System32\control.exe' DRL 1.0
LOLBAS Control.yml Name: Control.exe  
LOLBAS Control.yml - Command: control.exe c:\windows\tasks\file.txt:evil.dll  
LOLBAS Control.yml - Path: C:\Windows\System32\control.exe  
LOLBAS Control.yml - Path: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\control.exe  
LOLBAS Control.yml - IOC: Control.exe executing files from alternate data streams.  
LOLBAS WorkFolders.yml Description: Execute control.exe in the current working directory  
atomic-red-team T1218.002.md <blockquote>Adversaries may abuse control.exe to proxy execution of malicious payloads. The Windows Control Panel process binary (control.exe) handles execution of Control Panel items, which are utilities that allow users to view and adjust computer settings. MIT License. © 2018 Red Canary
atomic-red-team T1218.002.md This test simulates an adversary leveraging control.exe MIT License. © 2018 Red Canary
atomic-red-team T1218.002.md control.exe #{cpl_file_path} MIT License. © 2018 Red Canary

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