Network Share Discovery

Adversaries may look for folders and drives shared on remote systems as a means of identifying sources of information to gather as a precursor for Collection and to identify potential systems of interest for Lateral Movement. Networks often contain shared network drives and folders that enable users to access file directories on various systems across a network.

File sharing over a Windows network occurs over the SMB protocol. [1] [2] Net can be used to query a remote system for available shared drives using the net view \\remotesystem command. It can also be used to query shared drives on the local system using net share.

ID: T1135
Sub-techniques:  No sub-techniques
Tactic: Discovery
Platforms: Linux, Windows, macOS
Permissions Required: User
Data Sources: Command: Command Execution, Process: OS API Execution, Process: Process Creation
Contributors: Praetorian
Version: 3.0
Created: 14 December 2017
Last Modified: 29 December 2020

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
G0006 APT1

APT1 listed connected network shares.[3]

G0050 APT32

APT32 used the net view command to show all shares available, including the administrative shares such as C$ and ADMIN$.[4]

G0087 APT39

APT39 has used the post exploitation tool CrackMapExec to enumerate network shares.[5]

G0096 APT41

APT41 used the net share command as part of network reconnaissance.[6]

S0534 Bazar

Bazar can enumerate shared drives on the domain.[7]

S0570 BitPaymer

BitPaymer can search for network shares on the domain or workgroup using net view .[8]

G0114 Chimera

Chimera has used net share and net view to identify network shares of interest.[9]

S0154 Cobalt Strike

Cobalt Strike can query shared drives on the local system.[10]

S0575 Conti

Conti can enumerate remote open SMB network shares using NetShareEnum().[11]

S0488 CrackMapExec

CrackMapExec can enumerate the shared folders and associated permissions for a targeted network.[12]

G0105 DarkVishnya

DarkVishnya scanned the network for public shared folders.[13]

G0074 Dragonfly 2.0

Dragonfly 2.0 identified and browsed file servers in the victim network, sometimes , viewing files pertaining to ICS or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.[14][15]

S0363 Empire

Empire can find shared drives on the local system.[16]

S0260 InvisiMole

InvisiMole can gather network share information.[17]

S0250 Koadic

Koadic can scan local network for open SMB.[18]

S0236 Kwampirs

Kwampirs collects a list of network shares with the command net share.[19]


MURKYTOP has the capability to retrieve information about shares on remote hosts.[20]

S0039 Net

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.[21]

S0365 Olympic Destroyer

Olympic Destroyer will attempt to enumerate mapped network shares to later attempt to wipe all files on those shares.[22]

G0116 Operation Wocao

Operation Wocao has discovered network disks mounted to the system using netstat.[23]

S0165 OSInfo

OSInfo discovers shares on the network[24]

S0013 PlugX

PlugX has a module to enumerate network shares.[25]

S0192 Pupy

Pupy can list local and remote shared drives and folders over SMB.[26]

S0458 Ramsay

Ramsay can scan for network drives which may contain documents for collection.[27][28]

S0444 ShimRat

ShimRat can enumerate connected drives for infected host machines.[29]

G0054 Sowbug

Sowbug listed remote shared drives that were accessible from a victim.[30]

S0266 TrickBot

TrickBot module shareDll/mshareDll discovers network shares via the WNetOpenEnumA API.[31][32]

G0081 Tropic Trooper

Tropic Trooper used netview to scan target systems for shared resources.[33]

G0102 Wizard Spider

Wizard Spider has used the "net view" command to locate mapped network shares.[34]

S0251 Zebrocy

Zebrocy identifies network drives when they are added to victim systems.[35]


ID Mitigation Description
M1028 Operating System Configuration

Enable Windows Group Policy "Do Not Allow Anonymous Enumeration of SAM Accounts and Shares" security setting to limit users who can enumerate network shares.[36]


System and network discovery techniques normally occur throughout an operation as an adversary learns the environment. Data and events should not be viewed in isolation, but as part of a chain of behavior that could lead to other activities, such as Lateral Movement, based on the information obtained.

Normal, benign system and network events related to legitimate remote system discovery may be uncommon, depending on the environment and how they are used. Monitor processes and command-line arguments for actions that could be taken to gather system and network information. Remote access tools with built-in features may interact directly with the Windows API to gather information. Information may also be acquired through Windows system management tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation and PowerShell.


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