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S0039 Net

The Net utility is a component of the Windows operating system. It is used in command-line operations for control of users, groups, services, and network connections. 1

Net has a great deal of functionality, 2 much of which is useful for an adversary, such as gathering system and network information for Discovery, moving laterally through SMB/Windows Admin Shares using net use commands, and interacting with services. The net1.exe utility is executed for certain functionality when net.exe is run and can be used directly in commands such as net1 user.

Item Value
ID S0039
Associated Names
Version 2.3
Created 31 May 2017
Last Modified 15 October 2021
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Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
enterprise T1087 Account Discovery -
enterprise T1087.001 Local Account Commands under net user can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate user accounts.2
enterprise T1087.002 Domain Account Net commands used with the /domain flag can be used to gather information about and manipulate user accounts on the current domain.5
enterprise T1136 Create Account -
enterprise T1136.001 Local Account The net user username \password commands in Net can be used to create a local account.2
enterprise T1136.002 Domain Account The net user username \password \domain commands in Net can be used to create a domain account.2
enterprise T1070 Indicator Removal on Host -
enterprise T1070.005 Network Share Connection Removal The net use \system\share /delete command can be used in Net to remove an established connection to a network share.3
enterprise T1135 Network Share Discovery The net view \remotesystem and net share commands in Net can be used to find shared drives and directories on remote and local systems respectively.2
enterprise T1201 Password Policy Discovery The net accounts and net accounts /domain commands with Net can be used to obtain password policy information.2
enterprise T1069 Permission Groups Discovery -
enterprise T1069.001 Local Groups Commands such as net group and net localgroup can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate groups.2
enterprise T1069.002 Domain Groups Commands such as net group /domain can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate groups.2
enterprise T1021 Remote Services -
enterprise T1021.002 SMB/Windows Admin Shares Lateral movement can be done with Net through net use commands to connect to the on remote systems.2
enterprise T1018 Remote System Discovery Commands such as net view can be used in Net to gather information about available remote systems.2
enterprise T1049 System Network Connections Discovery Commands such as net use and net session can be used in Net to gather information about network connections from a particular host.2
enterprise T1007 System Service Discovery The net start command can be used in Net to find information about Windows services.2
enterprise T1569 System Services -
enterprise T1569.002 Service Execution The net start and net stop commands can be used in Net to execute or stop Windows services.2
enterprise T1124 System Time Discovery The net time command can be used in Net to determine the local or remote system time.4

Groups That Use This Software

ID Name References
G0050 APT32 6
G0035 Dragonfly 8
G0096 APT41 9
G0071 Orangeworm 10
G0007 APT28 11
G0061 FIN8 13
G0064 APT33 14
G0027 Threat Group-3390 15
G0004 Ke3chang 1617
G0045 menuPass 18
G0049 OilRig 1920
G0009 Deep Panda 21
G0092 TA505 22
G0006 APT1 23
G0102 Wizard Spider 24252627282930
G0114 Chimera 31
G0016 APT29 32
G0010 Turla 33
G0028 Threat Group-1314 34
G0019 Naikon 3536
G0065 Leviathan 37
G0082 APT38 38
G0034 Sandworm Team 39
G0018 admin@338 40


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