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Tool for injecting a "TCP Relay" managed assembly into unmanaged processes
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UPDATE : You should check a more recent version of the TCPRelayInjecter that uses a different (simpler) technique of DLLinjection as well as supports 32 and 64 bits target processes TCPRelayInjecter2

Author: Arno0x.

This project is heavily based on SharpNeedle.

The tool is used to inject a "TCP Forwarder" managed assembly (TCPRelay.dll) into an unmanaged 32 bits process.

Note: TCPRelayInjecter only supports 32-bits target processes and only relays TCP connections.

Background and context

I created this tool in order to bypass Windows local firewall rules preventing some inbound connections I needed (in order to perform some relay and/or get a MiTM position). As a non-privileged user, firewall rules could not be modified or added.

The idea is to find a process running as the same standard (non-privileged) user AND allowed to receive any network connection, or at least the ones we need: netsh advfirewall firewall show rule name=all

From there we just have to inject a TCP Forwarder assembly in it, passing it some arguments like a local port to listen to, a destination port and an optionnal destination IP to forward the traffic to.


Open the TCPRelayInjecter.sln file with Visual Studio, compile the solution. Tested and working with Visual Studio Community 2019.


Prior to running the tool, ensure the 3 binary files are in the same path:

  • TcpRelayInjecter.exe
  • Bootstrapper.dll
  • TCPRelay.dll

Then use the following command line:

TcpRelayInjecter.exe <target_process_name> <listening_port> <destination_port> [destination_IP]

  • target_process_name: The name of the executable we want to inject the TCP Forwarder into
  • listening_port: the TCP port to use for listening for inbound connections
  • destination_port: the TCP port to which forward the traffic (typically another process would be listening on that port)
  • destination_IP: Optionnal, the destination IP to which forward the traffic, if not specified, defaults to localhost


Just as requested by the SharpNeedle project, this project is released under the 2-clause BSD license.

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