PowerShellGet 3.0 Preview 12 Release

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We are excited to announce that an update to our preview of PowerShellGet 3.0 is now available on the PowerShell Gallery!

This release includes more parameters, additional pipeline support, more wildcard support and a number of other features detailed below.

How to Install PowerShellGet 3.0 Preview 12


Please ensure that you have the latest (non-prerelease) version of PowerShellGet and PackageManagement installed. To check the version you currently have installed run the command: Get-InstalledModule PowerShellGet, PackageManagement

The latest version of PowerShellGet is 2.2.5, and the latest version of PackageManagement is 1.4.7.

To install the latest versions of these modules run the following:

Install-Module PowerShellGet -Force -AllowClobber

Installing the Preview

To install this preview release side-by-side with your existing PowerShellGet version, open any PowerShell console and run:

Install-Module PowerShellGet -Force -AllowPrerelease

What to expect in this update

This update adds wildcard and pipeline support for some cmdlets, adds a number of parameters and parameter sets, and includes many bug fixes. Some of the key features and breaking changes are listed below, for the full list of changes please refer to the Changelog.


  • Wildcard support for Find-PSResource -Name
  • Support searching for and returning packages found across multiple repositories when using wildcard with Repository parameter (i.e Find-PSResource “PackageExistingInMultipleRepos” -Repository “*” will perform an exhaustive search).
  • Parameter set for Find-PSResource -Tag
  • Parameter set for Find-PSResource -Type
  • Parameter set for Find-PSResource -CommandName
  • Parameter set for Find-PSResource -DSCResourceName
  • -DestinationPath parameter for Publish-PSResource
  • -NoClobber functionality to Install-PSResource
  • Pipeline support for Install-PSResourceUninstall-PSResourceSave-PSResourceFind-PSResourceGet-PSResourcePublish-PSResourceGet-PSResourceRepositorySet-PSResourceRepositoryRegister-PSResourceRepositoryUnregister-PSResourceRepository
  • Consistent pre-release version support for cmdlets, including Uninstall-PSResource and Get-PSResource. For example, running Get-PSResource “MyPackage” -Version “2.0.0-beta” would only return MyPackage with version “2.0.0” and prerelease “beta”, NOT MyPackage with version “” (i.e a stable version).
  • -AsNupkg and -IncludeXML parameters for Save-PSResource
  • -PassThru parameter for Install-PSResourceSave-PSResource,Update-PSResource and Unregister-PSResourceRepository
  • -SkipDependencyCheck parameter for Install-PSResourceSave-PSResource and Update-PSResource cmdlets.
  • Progress Bar for Install-PSResourceUpdate-PSResource and Save-PSResource
  • -Quiet parameter for Install-PSResourceSave-PSResource and Update-PSResource (This suppresses the progress bar display when passed in)
  • -AsNupkg and -IncludeXML parameters for Save-PSResource
  • Improved error handling
  • Restore package if installation attempt fails when reinstalling a package.

Breaking Changes

This release reverts the cmdlet name from Get-InstalledPSResource to Get-PSResource.

This release also removes the DSCResource from PowerShellGet, with the intention to continue shipping the DSCResource on the PowerShell Gallery separately from the PowerShellGet module. If the DSCResource is critical for your workload we recommend staying on preview 11 until the resource is available on the Gallery. Currently the DSCResource can also be found in its own GitHub repository. If you are impacted by this change please open an issue in our GitHub repository to ensure your scenario is covered as we move towards GA for this major update.

Features to Expect in Coming Preview Releases

This module is not yet feature complete.
Below is a list of features that we are still in the process of implementing which you can expect to see in future preview releases.

  • We will introduce a New-RequiredResourceFile cmdlet which will create a template file. If the switch -AsPSD1 is used it will create a psd1 file, otherwise it will default to JSON.
  • New-ScriptFileInfo cmdlet
  • Test-ScriptFileInfo cmdlet
  • Update-ScriptFileInfo cmdlet
  • Update-ModuleManifest cmdlet
  • Dependency management. In future releases, Install-PSResource will accept a path to a psd1 or JSON file (using -RequiredResourceFile), or a hash table or JSON (using -RequiredResource) where the key is the module name and the value is either the required version specified using Nuget version range syntax or a hash table where repository is set to the URL of the repository and version contains the Nuget version range syntax.
Install-PSResource -RequiredResource @{
  Configuration = "[1.3.1,2.0]"

  Pester        = @{
    version = "[4.4.2,4.7.0]"
    repository = "https://www.powershellgallery.com"
    credential = $cred
    allowPrerelease = $true

In this case the modules named “Configuration”, and “Pester” will be installed. The JSON format will be the same as if this hashtable is passed to ConvertTo-Json:

  "Configuration": "[1.3.1,2.0]",

  "Pester": {
    "version": "[4.4.2,4.7.0]",
    "credential": null,
    "repository": "https://www.powershellgallery.com",
    "allowPrerelease": true
  • Save-PSResource -Type Library will download nupkgs that have a lib folder in order to make it easier to use arbitrary libraries with PowerShell scripts. The dependent native library in runtimes matching the current system runtime will be copied to the root of the destination specified. An -IncludeAllRuntimes can be used to explicitly retain the runtimes directory hierarchy within the nupkg to the root of the destination.
  • Native credential management/credential persistence for registered PSRepositories
  • For cmdlets with a –URL parameter, the parameter will be renamed to -Uri.

Using the CompatPowerShellGet module

CompatPowerShellGet is a compatibility module that allows use of PowerShellGet 2.x (and below) cmdlet syntax with PowerShellGet 3.0 (and above) functionality by making a best effort mapping between the cmdlet interfaces of both versions of the module. New PowerShell scripts that only leverage PowerShellGet v3 cmdlets do not need to use this compatibility module. For example, if a user has the CompatPowerShellGet module installed and runs the command:

Install-Module PowerShellGet -MinimumVersion 1 -MaximumVersion 2 -AllowPrerelease

the CompatPowerShellGet module will get autoloaded into the PowerShell Session and will map the command to PowerShellGet 3.0 syntax:

Install-PSResource PowerShellGet -Version "[1,2]" -Prerelease" 

The command will then be executed by the PowerShellGet 3.0 implementation. The user will also get a warning to update their script to the new cmdlet interface:

WARNING: The cmdlet 'Install-Module' is deprecated, please use 'Install-PSResource.

This module is designed so that users will not need to immediately update their scripts in order to update to the latest version of PowerShell or to begin taking advantage of the performance improvements already available in PowerShellGet 3.0. We still do recommend that authors begin making the minimal changes required to update their scripts to the new cmdlet interface.

This compatibility module is designed so that it takes precedence over legacy versions of PowerShellGet. If you have this compatibility module installed and would not like it to be used, you can remove it from the PowerShell session using the Remove-Module command.

Please note that this flow is only possible if the user has both the CompatPowerShellGet module installed and the PowerShellGet 3.0 preview module installed. Once PowerShellGet 3.0 is generally available it will be a dependency of CompatPowerShellGet.

Please also note that this compatibility module will not be called if you use fully qualified cmdlets. For example, if you use PowerShellGetInstall-Module this will call a legacy version of PowerShellGet. If this is a common scenario for you, and will be a barrier to migrating to PowerShellGet 3.0 we would appreciate that feedback in our GitHub repository.

Improvements we are Considering post-GA

One important goal of PowerShellGet 3.0 is to improve the supportability of the module. As a result, once this work is complete we will iterate more quickly, and tackle other top customer issues. This list represents issues we are considering tackling, but have not committed to yet.

To track the full list of issues we are considering we are using the vNext milestone in our GitHub Repository.

How to Track the Development of this Module

GitHub is the best place to track the bugs/feature requests related to this module. We have used a combination of projects and labels on our GitHub repo to track issues for this upcoming release. We are using the label Resolved-3.0 to label issues that we plan to release at some point before we release the module as GA (generally available).

To track issues/features for the next release, please refer to this GitHub project.


Expect to see preview releases as new functionality is added and bug fixes are made. User feedback will help us determine when we can have a Release Candidate version of the module which will be supported to be used in production. Based on user feedback, if we believe the 3.0 release is complete, then we will publish a 3.0 version of the module as Generally Available. Since these milestones are driven by quality, rather than date, we cannot offer an exact timeline at this point.

How to Give feedback and Get Support

We cannot overstate how critical user feedback is at this stage in the development of the module. Feedback from preview releases help inform design decisions without incurring a breaking change once generally available and used in production.

In order to help us to make key decisions around the behavior of the module please give us feedback by opening issues in our GitHub repository.

Sydney Smith, Amber Erickson, Anam Navied, Paul Higinbotham, Steven Bucher PowerShell Team

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Announcing PowerShell Crescendo Release Candidate (RC)

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Announcing Crescendo 0.9.0 Release Candidate (RC)

We are pleased to announce the Release Candidate (RC) of PowerShell Crescendo, a framework to
rapidly develop PowerShell cmdlets for native commands, regardless of platform.

The release candidate is now available for download on the
PowerShell Gallery.

To install Microsoft.PowerShell.Crescendo:

Install-Module Microsoft.PowerShell.Crescendo -AllowPrerelease

Crescendo Release Candidate Updates

Crescendo 0.9.0 Release Candidate adds support for a versioned schema and fixes scenarios
suggested by the community.

  • Added versioned schema to support future updates.
    Issue #112
  • Fixed quoting empty string parameter values.
    Issue #100
  • Fixed showing OriginalCommand in help example unless specified.
    Issue #57

Schema versioning

With this release of Crescendo, the JSON schema for the configuration is now versioned. While we
don’t expect there to be any changes, supporting a versioned schema makes is easier to support
changes in future releases.

The URL for the current version of the schema is: https://aka.ms/PowerShell/Crescendo/Schemas/2021-11.

Support for empty string parameter values

Crescendo now supports parameters that accept empty strings as argument values. The proxy cmdlet
created by Crescendo now recognizes an empty string provided as parameter value and ensures that the
empty string is passed as "" to the native executable.

For a more detailed example use case, see
Issue #100.

Displaying OriginalCommand in Help

The OriginalCommand property of a cmdlet definition is intended to contain the original native
command and parameters invoked by the proxy cmdlet. This information is display by Get-Help. With
this release, if the OriginalCommand property is empty, no placeholder is written to the
comment-based help when the module is exported.

More information

For more information about Microsoft.PowerShell.Crescendo, check out the previous posts on the
PowerShell Team blog.

For more information using Microsoft.PowerShell.Crescendo, check out this excellent blog series
by Sean Wheeler on the
PowerShell Community blog.

Future plans

The plans for the general availability (GA) release will be based on community feedback. Our goal is
to make it easier to convert your native commands to PowerShell cmdlets and receive the benefits
that PowerShell provides.

We value your ideas and feedback and hope you will give Crescendo a try. Stop by our
GitHub repository and let us know of any issues you find
or features you would like added.

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Skyline Insights API – Collaborate on Skyline Findings in Slack

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Skyline Insights API – Using Powercli

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Skyline Insights API – Using GraphiQL

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Tweet With VMware Skyline Advisor Pro, GraphiQL has been made available to view the Skyline Insights API structure. While you cannot leverage GraphiQL into any of your automation platforms, you can use it to view the data structure and output. Here are the steps to use GraphiQL.  1 – Create “Access Token” from “API Token”. Please check for more comprehensive writeup (here) 2 – Log into Advisor and select “View API Explorer” 3 – select … Continued

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Skyline Insights API – Getting Started

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AA21-336A: APT Actors Exploiting CVE-2021-44077 in Zoho ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus

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Original release date: December 2, 2021


This joint Cybersecurity Advisory uses the MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK®) framework, Version 9. See the ATT&CK for Enterprise framework for referenced threat actor techniques and for mitigations.

This joint advisory is the result of analytic efforts between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to highlight the cyber threat associated with active exploitation of a newly identified vulnerability (CVE-2021-44077) in Zoho ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus—IT help desk software with asset management.

CVE-2021-44077, which Zoho rated critical, is an unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability affecting all ServiceDesk Plus versions up to, and including, version 11305. This vulnerability was addressed by the update released by Zoho on September 16, 2021 for ServiceDesk Plus versions 11306 and above. The FBI and CISA assess that advanced persistent threat (APT) cyber actors are among those exploiting the vulnerability. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows an attacker to upload executable files and place webshells, which enable the adversary to conduct post-exploitation activities, such as compromising administrator credentials, conducting lateral movement, and exfiltrating registry hives and Active Directory files. 

The Zoho update that patched this vulnerability was released on September 16, 2021, along with a security advisory. Additionally, an email advisory was sent to all ServiceDesk Plus customers with additional information. Zoho released a subsequent security advisory on November 22, 2021, and advised customers to patch immediately.

The FBI and CISA are aware of reports of malicious cyber actors likely using exploits against CVE-2021-44077 to gain access [T1190] to ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus, as early as late October 2021. The actors have been observed using various tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), including:

  • Writing webshells [T1505.003] to disk for initial persistence
  • Obfuscating and Deobfuscating/Decoding Files or Information [T1027 and T1140]
  • Conducting further operations to dump user credentials [T1003]
  • Living off the land by only using signed Windows binaries for follow-on actions [T1218]
  • Adding/deleting user accounts as needed [T1136]
  • Stealing copies of the Active Directory database (NTDS.dit) [T1003.003] or registry hives
  • Using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) for remote execution [T1047]
  • Deleting files to remove indicators from the host [T1070.004]
  • Discovering domain accounts with the net Windows command [T1087.002]
  • Using Windows utilities to collect and archive files for exfiltration [T1560.001]
  • Using custom symmetric encryption for command and control (C2) [T1573.001]

The FBI and CISA are proactively investigating this malicious cyber activity:

  • The FBI leverages specially trained cyber squads in each of its 56 field offices and CyWatch, the FBI’s 24/7 operations center and watch floor, which provides around-the-clock support to track incidents and communicate with field offices across the country and partner agencies. 
  • CISA offers a range of no-cost cyber hygiene services to help organizations assess, identify, and reduce their exposure to threats. By requesting these services, organizations of any size could find ways to reduce their risk and mitigate attack vectors. 

Sharing technical and/or qualitative information with the FBI and CISA helps empower and amplify our capabilities as federal partners to collect and share intelligence and engage with victims, while working to unmask and hold accountable those conducting malicious cyber activities.

A STIX file will be provided when available.

For a downloadable pdf of this CSA, click here

Technical Details

Compromise of the affected systems involves exploitation of CVE-2021-44077 in ServiceDesk Plus, allowing the attacker to:

  1. Achieve an unrestricted file upload through a POST request to the ServiceDesk REST API URL and upload an executable file, C:ManageEngineServicedeskbinmsiexec.exe, with a SHA256 hash of ecd8c9967b0127a12d6db61964a82970ee5d38f82618d5db4d8eddbb3b5726b7. This executable file serves as a dropper and contains an embedded, encoded Godzilla JAR file.
  2. Gain execution for the dropper through a second POST request to a different REST API URL, which will then decode the embedded Godzilla JAR file and drop it to the filepath C:ManageEngineServiceDesklibtomcattomcat-postgres.jar with a SHA256 hash of 67ee552d7c1d46885b91628c603f24b66a9755858e098748f7e7862a71baa015.

Confirming a successful compromise of ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus may be difficult—the attackers are known to run clean-up scripts designed to remove traces of the initial point of compromise and hide any relationship between exploitation of the vulnerability and the webshell.

Targeted Industries 

APT cyber actors have targeted Critical Infrastructure Sector industries, including the healthcare, financial services, electronics and IT consulting industries.

Indicators of Compromise 








NGLite Backdoor:


KDC Sponge:


Malicious IIS Module:


Renamed WinRAR:


Renamed csvde:


Network Indicators

POST requests sent to the following URLs:




Note: the domain seed.nkn[.]org is a New Kind of Network (NKN) domain that provides legitimate peer to peer networking services utilizing blockchain technology for decentralization. It is possible to have false positive hits in a corporate network environment and it should be considered suspicious to see any software-initiated contacts to this domain or any subdomain.

Log File Analysis

  • Check serverOut*.txt log files under C:ManageEngineServiceDesklogs for suspicious log entries matching the following format:
    • [<time>]|[<date>]|[com.adventnet.servicedesk.setup.action.ImportTechniciansAction]|[INFO]|[62]: fileName is : msiexec.exe]



Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures

  • Using WMI for lateral movement and remote code execution (in particular, wmic.exe)
  • Using plaintext credentials for lateral movement
  • Using pg_dump.exe to dump ManageEngine databases
  • Dumping NTDS.dit and SECURITY/SYSTEM/NTUSER registry hives
  • Active credential harvesting through LSASS (KDC Sponge)
  • Exfiltrating through webshells
  • Conducting exploitation activity often through other compromised U.S. infrastructure
  • Dropping multiple webshells and/or implants to maintain persistence
  • Using renamed versions of WinRAR, csvde, and other legitimate third-party tools for reconnaissance and exfiltration

Yara Rules

rule ReportGenerate_jsp {
      $s1 = “decrypt(fpath)”
      $s2 = “decrypt(fcontext)”
      $s3 = “decrypt(commandEnc)”
      $s4 = “upload failed!”
      $s5 = “sevck”
      $s6 = “newid”
      filesize < 15KB and 4 of them


rule EncryptJSP {
      $s1 = “AEScrypt”
      $s2 = “AES/CBC/PKCS5Padding”
      $s3 = “SecretKeySpec”
      $s4 = “FileOutputStream”
      $s5 = “getParameter”
      $s6 = “new ProcessBuilder”
      $s7 = “new BufferedReader”
      $s8 = “readLine()”
      filesize < 15KB and 6 of them


rule ZimbraImplant {
        $u1 = “User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/87.0.4280.88 Safari/537.36”
        $u2 = “Content-Type: application/soap+xml; charset=UTF-8”
        $u3 = “/service/soap”
        $u4 = “Good Luck :::)”
        $s1 = “zimBR”
        $s2 = “log10”
        $s3 = “mymain”
        $s4 = “urn:zimbraAccount”
        $s5 = “/service/upload?fmt=extended,raw”
        $s6 = “<query>(in:”inbox” or in:”junk”) is:unread</query>”
        (uint16(0) == 0x5A4D and uint32(uint32(0x3C)) == 0x00004550) and filesize < 2MB and 1 of ($u*) and 3 of ($s*)


rule GodzillaDropper {
        $s1 = “UEsDBAoAAAAAAI8UXFM” // base64 encoded PK/ZIP header
        $s2 = “../lib/tomcat/tomcat-postgres.jar”
        $s3 = “RunAsManager.exe”
        $s4 = “ServiceDesk”
        $s5 = “C:Userspwndocumentsvisual studio 2015Projectspayloaddll”
        $s6 = “CreateMutexA”
        $s7 = “cplusplus_me”
        (uint16(0) == 0x5A4D and uint32(uint32(0x3C)) == 0x00004550) and filesize < 350KB and 4 of them


rule GodzillaJAR {
        $s1 = “org/apache/tomcat/SSLFilter.class”
        $s2 = “META-INF/services/javax.servlet.ServletContainerInitializer”
        $s3 = “org/apache/tomcat/MainFilterInitializer.class”
        uint32(0) == 0x04034B50 and filesize < 50KB and all of them


rule APT_NGLite {
        $s1 = “/mnt/hgfs/CrossC2-2.2”
        $s2 = “WHATswrongwithU”
        $s3 = “//seed.nkn.org:”
        $s4 = “Preylistener”
        $s5 = “preyid”
        $s6 = “Www-Authenticate”
        (uint16(0) == 0x5A4D and uint32(uint32(0x3C)) == 0x00004550) and filesize < 15MB and 4 of them


rule KDCSponge {
        $k1 = “kdcsvc.dll”
        $k2 = “kdccli.dll”
        $k3 = “kdcsvs.dll”
        $f1 = “KerbHashPasswordEx3”
        $f2 = “KerbFreeKey”
        $f3 = “KdcVerifyEncryptedTimeStamp”
        $s1 = “download//symbols//%S//%S//%S” wide
        $s2 = “KDC Service”
        $s3 = “system.dat”
        (uint16(0) == 0x5A4D and uint32(uint32(0x3C)) == 0x00004550) and filesize < 1MB and 1 of ($k*) and 1 of ($f*) and 1 of ($s*)


Compromise Mitigations

Organizations that identify any activity related to ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus indicators of compromise within their networks should take action immediately. 

Zoho ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus build 11306, or higher, fixes CVE-2021-44077. ManageEngine initially released a patch for this vulnerability on September 16, 2021. A subsequent security advisory was released on November 22, 2021, and advised customers to patch immediately. Additional information can be found in the Zoho security advisory released on November 22, 2021.

In addition, Zoho has set up a security response plan center that provides additional details, a downloadable tool that can be run on potentially affected systems, and a remediation guide.

FBI and CISA also strongly recommend domain-wide password resets and double Kerberos TGT password resets if any indication is found that the NTDS.dit file was compromised. 

Note: Implementing these password resets should not be taken as a comprehensive mitigation in response to this threat; additional steps may be necessary to regain administrative control of your network. Refer to your specific products mitigation guidance for details. 

Actions for Affected Organizations

Immediately report as an incident to CISA or the FBI (refer to Contact information section below) the existence of any of the following:

  • Identification of indicators of compromise as outlined above.
  • Presence of webshell code on compromised ServiceDesk Plus servers.
  • Unauthorized access to or use of accounts.
  • Evidence of lateral movement by malicious actors with access to compromised systems.
  • Other indicators of unauthorized access or compromise.

Contact Information

Recipients of this report are encouraged to contribute any additional information that they may have related to this threat. 

For any questions related to this report or to report an intrusion and request resources for incident response or technical assistance, please contact:


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