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Last Update:

02 Jun 2021

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Software Author(s):

  • Neo23x0


ransomware vaccine shadow copy service vssadmin protection malware yara security


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1.4.4 | Updated: 02 Jun 2021



Downloads of v 1.4.4:



Software Author(s):

  • Neo23x0

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Raccine 1.4.4

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

Dependency installation times out test


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files


To install Raccine, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Raccine, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Raccine, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade raccine -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade raccine -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure raccine installed
    name: raccine
    state: present
    version: 1.4.4
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'raccine' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.4.4'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: raccine,
    Version: 1.4.4,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller raccine
   Name     = 'raccine'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.4.4'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'raccine':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.4.4',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install raccine version="1.4.4" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator mwallner on 13 Jul 2021.




A Simple Ransomware Protection


We see ransomware delete all shadow copies using vssadmin pretty often. What if we could just intercept that request and kill the invoking process? Let's try to create a simple vaccine.

Ransomware Process Tree

How it works

We register a debugger for vssadmin.exe (and wmic.exe), which is our compiled raccine.exe. Raccine is a binary, that first collects all PIDs of the parent processes and then tries to kill all parent processes.


  • The method is rather generic
  • We don't have to replace a system file (vssadmin.exe or wmic.exe), which could lead to integrity problems and could break our raccination on each patch day
  • Flexible YARA rule scanning of command line params for malicious activity
  • The changes are easy to undo
  • Runs on Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 or higher
  • No running executable or additional service required (agent-less)

Disadvantages / Blind Spots:

  • The legitimate use of vssadmin.exe delete shadows (or any other blacklisted combination) isn't possible anymore
  • It even kills the processes that tried to invoke vssadmin.exe delete shadows, which could be a backup process
  • This won't catch methods in which the malicious process isn't one of the processes in the tree that has invoked vssadmin.exe (e.g. via schtasks)


Emotet without Raccine - Link

Emotet wihtout Raccine

Emotet with Raccine - Link (ignore the process activity that is related to the Raccine installation)

Emotet wihtout Raccine

The infection gets nipped in the bud.

Warning !!!


You won't be able to run commands that use the blacklisted commands on a raccinated machine anymore until your apply the uninstall patch raccine-reg-patch-uninstall.reg. This could break various backup solutions that run that specific command during their work. It will not only block that request but kills all processes in that tree including the backup solution and its invoking process.

If you have a solid security monitoring that logs all process executions, you could check your logs to see if vssadmin.exe delete shadows, vssadmin.exe resize shadowstorage ... or the other blocked command lines are frequently or sporadically used for legitimate purposes in which case you should refrain from using Raccine.

Please Note This is an automatically updated package. If the package is outdated for more than two days, please let me know.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';

$packageName = $env:chocolateyPackageName

$packageArgs = @{
    packageName    = $packageName
    unzipLocation  = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    url            = ''
    checksum       = '8b8524d99c41e32912669ff4be7aba713495ad3fc03e345c5a7e16d473718e48'
    checksumType   = 'sha256'

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

$installer = "\tools\Raccine\install-raccine.bat"
# It is recommended to completely uninstall first
Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin -FilePath "$env:ChocolateyPackageFolder$installer" -ArgumentList @("UNINSTALL") -Wait
# And only install afterwards
Start-ChocolateyProcessAsAdmin -FilePath "$env:ChocolateyPackageFolder$installer" -ArgumentList @("FULL")
$installer = "\tools\Raccine\install-raccine.bat"
Start-Process -FilePath "$env:ChocolateyPackageFolder$installer" -ArgumentList @("UNINSTALL")

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Raccine 1.4.3 20 Saturday, May 29, 2021 Approved
Raccine 1.4.1 43 Friday, March 19, 2021 Approved
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