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Hook system calls, context switches, page faults, DPCs and more. InfinityHook works along side Patchguard and VBS/Hyperguard to subtly hook various kernel events. InfinityHook is incredibly portable and stealthy, it works in all versions of Windows 7 to the latest versions of Windows 10.

InfinityHook stands to be one of the best tools in the rootkit arsenal over the last decade.


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The sample in this repository is a kernel driver that will hook system calls for you. It is extremely easy to use and requires you to call a single API. Please read below for usage instructions. We leave it upon the reader to decipher the implementation details and create hooks for other events like context switches, page faults, and DPCs. The comments embedded in the source files can help you toward this task.

To use InfinityHook, simply reference the libinfinityhook library in your kernel driver and include infinityhook.h:

Call IfhInitialize. You will need to pass a function pointer to a user-defined routine:

 NTSTATUS IfhInitialize(_In_ INFINITYHOOKCALLBACK InfinityHookCallback)

Your callback should be of this type:

typedef void (__fastcall* INFINITYHOOKCALLBACK)(_In_ unsigned int SystemCallIndex, _Inout_ void** SystemCallFunction);

Your InfinityHookCallback is invoked before the system executes the actual system call. The first argument passed to your callback handler is the system call index, and the second is a function pointer to the system call that is about to be invoked. You may choose to overwrite this function pointer, and the system will branch to the routine of your choosing instead. This allows you to receive all of its arguments. Ideally, you would save off the original routine pointed to by SystemCallFunction, so your hook can invoke the original at some point allowing you to monitor/filter the data.

How does InfinityHook actually work?

To understand InfinityHook, a little background in ETW (Event Tracing for Windows) is helpful. ETW is a construct within the Windows kernel for logging and consuming a rather enormous amount of possible events. The three main components of this are controllers, providers, and consumers. A controller typically creates and defines a trace session. A trace session consists of a name, an identifier GUID, flags about how the kernel should serialize and prepare the data for consumers, and information about what providers are enabled for that session. A controller can also manage and modify existing built-in trace sessions. The main interface for a controller to do all of the aforementioned work is through the NtTraceControl API.

A provider gives event data to logger sessions. It's typically through the NtTraceEvent API or the kernel equivalent, EtwWrite. Based on how the session is setup by the controller, a consumer, which is previously aware of the event data, either consumes the data in real time, a file, or perhaps occasionally from a circular buffer.

To understand more on ETW internals, please read:

When a session is created, it has the opportunity to collect events from SystemTraceProvider, instead of collecting events from registered providers. A list of these events fired by SystemTraceProvider can be found here:

It should be of note that this is not the complete list. There are plenty of undocumented ones ;).

You'll probably notice that the list of items in EnableFlags is the same that InfinityHook allows you to hook. This is because each active logger session is put into an array of WMI_LOGGER_CONTEXT structures. They look like this:

0: kd> dt nt!_WMI_LOGGER_CONTEXT
   +0x000 LoggerId         : Uint4B
   +0x004 BufferSize       : Uint4B
   +0x008 MaximumEventSize : Uint4B
   +0x00c LoggerMode       : Uint4B
   +0x010 AcceptNewEvents  : Int4B
   +0x014 EventMarker      : [2] Uint4B
   +0x01c ErrorMarker      : Uint4B
   +0x020 SizeMask         : Uint4B
   +0x028 GetCpuClock      : Ptr64     int64 
   +0x030 LoggerThread     : Ptr64 _ETHREAD
   +0x038 LoggerStatus     : Int4B
   +0x03c FailureReason    : Uint4B
   +0x040 BufferQueue      : _ETW_BUFFER_QUEUE
   +0x050 OverflowQueue    : _ETW_BUFFER_QUEUE
   +0x060 GlobalList       : _LIST_ENTRY
   +0x070 DebugIdTrackingList : _LIST_ENTRY
   +0x080 DecodeControlList : Ptr64 _ETW_DECODE_CONTROL_ENTRY
   +0x088 DecodeControlCount : Uint4B
   +0x090 BatchedBufferList : Ptr64 _WMI_BUFFER_HEADER
   +0x090 CurrentBuffer    : _EX_FAST_REF
   +0x098 LoggerName       : _UNICODE_STRING
   +0x0a8 LogFileName      : _UNICODE_STRING
   +0x0b8 LogFilePattern   : _UNICODE_STRING
   +0x0c8 NewLogFileName   : _UNICODE_STRING
   +0x0d8 ClockType        : Uint4B
   +0x0dc LastFlushedBuffer : Uint4B
   +0x0e0 FlushTimer       : Uint4B
   +0x0e4 FlushThreshold   : Uint4B
   +0x0e8 ByteOffset       : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x0f0 MinimumBuffers   : Uint4B
   +0x0f4 BuffersAvailable : Int4B
   +0x0f8 NumberOfBuffers  : Int4B
   +0x0fc MaximumBuffers   : Uint4B
   +0x100 EventsLost       : Uint4B
   +0x104 PeakBuffersCount : Int4B
   +0x108 BuffersWritten   : Uint4B
   +0x10c LogBuffersLost   : Uint4B
   +0x110 RealTimeBuffersDelivered : Uint4B
   +0x114 RealTimeBuffersLost : Uint4B
   +0x118 SequencePtr      : Ptr64 Int4B
   +0x120 LocalSequence    : Uint4B
   +0x124 InstanceGuid     : _GUID
   +0x134 MaximumFileSize  : Uint4B
   +0x138 FileCounter      : Int4B
   +0x13c PoolType         : _POOL_TYPE
   +0x140 ReferenceTime    : _ETW_REF_CLOCK
   +0x150 CollectionOn     : Int4B
   +0x154 ProviderInfoSize : Uint4B
   +0x158 Consumers        : _LIST_ENTRY
   +0x168 NumConsumers     : Uint4B
   +0x170 TransitionConsumer : Ptr64 _ETW_REALTIME_CONSUMER
   +0x178 RealtimeLogfileHandle : Ptr64 Void
   +0x180 RealtimeLogfileName : _UNICODE_STRING
   +0x190 RealtimeWriteOffset : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x198 RealtimeReadOffset : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x1a0 RealtimeLogfileSize : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x1a8 RealtimeLogfileUsage : Uint8B
   +0x1b0 RealtimeMaximumFileSize : Uint8B
   +0x1b8 RealtimeBuffersSaved : Uint4B
   +0x1c0 RealtimeReferenceTime : _ETW_REF_CLOCK
   +0x1d0 NewRTEventsLost  : _ETW_RT_EVENT_LOSS
   +0x1d8 LoggerEvent      : _KEVENT
   +0x1f0 FlushEvent       : _KEVENT
   +0x208 FlushTimeOutTimer : _KTIMER
   +0x248 LoggerDpc        : _KDPC
   +0x288 LoggerMutex      : _KMUTANT
   +0x2c0 LoggerLock       : _EX_PUSH_LOCK
   +0x2c8 BufferListSpinLock : Uint8B
   +0x2c8 BufferListPushLock : _EX_PUSH_LOCK
   +0x2d0 ClientSecurityContext : _SECURITY_CLIENT_CONTEXT
   +0x318 TokenAccessInformation : Ptr64 _TOKEN_ACCESS_INFORMATION
   +0x320 SecurityDescriptor : _EX_FAST_REF
   +0x328 StartTime        : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x330 LogFileHandle    : Ptr64 Void
   +0x338 BufferSequenceNumber : Int8B
   +0x340 Flags            : Uint4B
   +0x340 Persistent       : Pos 0, 1 Bit
   +0x340 AutoLogger       : Pos 1, 1 Bit
   +0x340 FsReady          : Pos 2, 1 Bit
   +0x340 RealTime         : Pos 3, 1 Bit
   +0x340 Wow              : Pos 4, 1 Bit
   +0x340 KernelTrace      : Pos 5, 1 Bit
   +0x340 NoMoreEnable     : Pos 6, 1 Bit
   +0x340 StackTracing     : Pos 7, 1 Bit
   +0x340 ErrorLogged      : Pos 8, 1 Bit
   +0x340 RealtimeLoggerContextFreed : Pos 9, 1 Bit
   +0x340 PebsTracing      : Pos 10, 1 Bit
   +0x340 PmcCounters      : Pos 11, 1 Bit
   +0x340 PageAlignBuffers : Pos 12, 1 Bit
   +0x340 StackLookasideListAllocated : Pos 13, 1 Bit
   +0x340 SecurityTrace    : Pos 14, 1 Bit
   +0x340 LastBranchTracing : Pos 15, 1 Bit
   +0x340 SystemLoggerIndex : Pos 16, 8 Bits
   +0x340 StackCaching     : Pos 24, 1 Bit
   +0x340 ProviderTracking : Pos 25, 1 Bit
   +0x340 ProcessorTrace   : Pos 26, 1 Bit
   +0x340 QpcDeltaTracking : Pos 27, 1 Bit
   +0x340 SpareFlags2      : Pos 28, 4 Bits
   +0x344 RequestFlag      : Uint4B
   +0x344 DbgRequestNewFile : Pos 0, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestUpdateFile : Pos 1, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestFlush  : Pos 2, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestDisableRealtime : Pos 3, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestDisconnectConsumer : Pos 4, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestConnectConsumer : Pos 5, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestNotifyConsumer : Pos 6, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestUpdateHeader : Pos 7, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestDeferredFlush : Pos 8, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestDeferredFlushTimer : Pos 9, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestFlushTimer : Pos 10, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgRequestUpdateDebugger : Pos 11, 1 Bit
   +0x344 DbgSpareRequestFlags : Pos 12, 20 Bits
   +0x350 StackTraceBlock  : _ETW_STACK_TRACE_BLOCK
   +0x3d0 HookIdMap        : _RTL_BITMAP
   +0x3e0 StackCache       : Ptr64 _ETW_STACK_CACHE
   +0x3e8 PmcData          : Ptr64 _ETW_PMC_SUPPORT
   +0x3f0 LbrData          : Ptr64 _ETW_LBR_SUPPORT
   +0x3f8 IptData          : Ptr64 _ETW_IPT_SUPPORT
   +0x400 BinaryTrackingList : _LIST_ENTRY
   +0x410 ScratchArray     : Ptr64 Ptr64 _WMI_BUFFER_HEADER
   +0x418 DisallowedGuids  : _DISALLOWED_GUIDS
   +0x428 RelativeTimerDueTime : Int8B
   +0x430 PeriodicCaptureStateGuids : _PERIODIC_CAPTURE_STATE_GUIDS
   +0x440 PeriodicCaptureStateTimer : Ptr64 _EX_TIMER
   +0x448 PeriodicCaptureStateTimerState : _ETW_PERIODIC_TIMER_STATE
   +0x450 SoftRestartContext : Ptr64 _ETW_SOFT_RESTART_CONTEXT
   +0x458 SiloState        : Ptr64 _ETW_SILODRIVERSTATE
   +0x460 CompressionWorkItem : _WORK_QUEUE_ITEM
   +0x480 CompressionWorkItemState : Int4B
   +0x488 CompressionLock  : _EX_PUSH_LOCK
   +0x490 CompressionTarget : Ptr64 _WMI_BUFFER_HEADER
   +0x498 CompressionWorkspace : Ptr64 Void
   +0x4a0 CompressionOn    : Int4B
   +0x4a4 CompressionRatioGuess : Uint4B
   +0x4a8 PartialBufferCompressionLevel : Uint4B
   +0x4ac CompressionResumptionMode : ETW_COMPRESSION_RESUMPTION_MODE
   +0x4b0 PlaceholderList  : _SINGLE_LIST_ENTRY
   +0x4b8 CompressionDpc   : _KDPC
   +0x4f8 LastBufferSwitchTime : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x500 BufferWriteDuration : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x508 BufferCompressDuration : _LARGE_INTEGER
   +0x510 ReferenceQpcDelta : Int8B
   +0x518 CallbackContext  : Ptr64 _ETW_EVENT_CALLBACK_CONTEXT

Although not exported, this array is easily resolvable because a pointer to it exists right after EtwpDebuggerData, which interestingly enough can be signature scanned for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and all the existing versions of Windows 10, using just a 5 byte signature: 0x2c, 0x08, 0x04, 0x38, 0x0c.

At +0x28 in the _WMI_LOGGER_CONTEXT structure, you can see a member called GetCpuClock. This is a function pointer that can be one of three values based on how the session was configured: EtwGetCycleCount, EtwpGetSystemTime, or PpmQueryTime. We simply overwrite this function pointer with a custom routine, but this is only half the battle.

First, we choose to hijack the circular kernel context logger session because it's always running by default. If not, we turn it on, and we configure it to log syscalls only, in a circular memory buffer.

After this, we walk up the stack to locate magic values, in order to filter out the fact that this is not a syscall exit being logged. We grab SystemCallNumber saved into the current _KTHREAD from logic in KiSystemCall64. The real magic here occurs because prior to KiSystemCall64 invoking PerfInfoLogSyscallEntry, it saves the resolved system call target pointer on the stack. We locate this pointer for you and, if you so choose, you are able to overwrite it in your handler.


Logging syscalls

The sample code provided is for system calls only, and as mentioned above, it's up to the reader to implement it for other events. This sample was also only quickly whipped up and tested for 1903 and 1803. The stack walk function may need to be tweaked for earlier Windows 10 builds and 7.


Hook system calls, context switches, page faults and more.






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