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.

ID: S0039
Associated Software: net.exe
Type: TOOL
Platforms: Windows
Contributors: David Ferguson, CyberSponse
Version: 2.3
Created: 31 May 2017
Last Modified: 15 October 2021

Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
Enterprise T1087 .001 Account Discovery: Local Account

Commands under net user can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate user accounts.[2]

.002 Account Discovery: Domain Account

Net commands used with the /domain flag can be used to gather information about and manipulate user accounts on the current domain.[3]

Enterprise T1136 .001 Create Account: Local Account

The net user username \password commands in Net can be used to create a local account.[2]

.002 Create Account: Domain Account

The net user username \password \domain commands in Net can be used to create a domain account.[2]

Enterprise T1070 .005 Indicator Removal: 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.[4]

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 .001 Permission Groups Discovery: Local Groups

Commands such as net group and net localgroup can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate groups.[2]

.002 Permission Groups Discovery: Domain Groups

Commands such as net group /domain can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate groups.[2]

Enterprise T1021 .002 Remote Services: 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 .002 System Services: 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.[5]

Groups That Use This Software

ID Name References
G0034 Sandworm Team


G0019 Naikon


G0035 Dragonfly


G0082 APT38


G0065 Leviathan


G0102 Wizard Spider


G0007 APT28


G0010 Turla


G0049 OilRig


G0004 Ke3chang


G0045 menuPass


G0009 Deep Panda


G0092 TA505


G0006 APT1


G0064 APT33


G0016 APT29


G0114 Chimera


G0028 Threat Group-1314


G0061 FIN8




G0050 APT32


G0018 admin@338


G0071 Orangeworm


G0059 Magic Hound




G0027 Threat Group-3390


G0096 APT41



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