By usiung legitimate development tools we’re able to compile and execute malicious code which may otherwise have been blocked by application whitelisting or AV solutions.
Trusted Developer Utilities Proxy Execution Analysis
RED TEAM: ATTACK
Below we use @subTee’s MSBuild method to spawn calc from the trusted developer utility MSBuild using an XML file. This can be detected using sysmon 1 events which display MSBuild as the parent process (although this can easily be bypassed with a renamed executable). As such you should keep an eye on executables with a similar command line to another file. The end result is that we can use trusted developer utilities such as MSBuild to bypass application whitelisting and AV detections.
BLUE TEAM: DEFEND
In addition to the above this activity leaves behind temporary files used to create the executable being launched which can be seen in Sysmon 11 events.