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How to define exclusions for Shellcode Injection Protection in a Windows profile

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  • A shellcode injection is an attack which exploits software vulnerabilities to give attackers control of a compromised machine.
  • For example, shellcode attacks are often used to create buffer-overflows on victim machines.
  • By default, Comodo Client Security (CCS) monitors all applications to make sure they do not suffer shellcode attacks.
  • However, you may want to omit certain applications from protection for compatibility reasons.
  • This tutorial explains how to exclude items from shellcode protection on managed Windows devices. 

Process in brief

  • Log into ITarian
  • Click 'Applications’ > ‘Endpoint Manager’
  • Click 'Configuration Templates' > 'Profiles'
  • Open the Windows profile applied to your target devices
    • Open the 'HIPS' tab (if the section has been added to the profile)

    • Click 'Add Profile Section' > 'HIPS' (if it hasn't yet been added)
  • Click the 'HIPS Settings' tab
  • Scroll down to 'Detect shellcode injections' and ensure it is selected
  • Click the 'Exclusions' link
  • Click the 'Add' button. You can exclude applications by path, folder, running process, or filegroup.
  • Click 'Ok' then 'Save' to apply your changes

Process in detail

  • Login to ITarian
  • Click 'Applications' > 'Endpoint Manager'
  • Click 'Configuration Templates' > 'Profiles'
  • Open the Windows profile applied to your target devices
    • Open the 'HIPS' tab (if the section has been added to the profile)

    • Click 'Add Profile Section' > 'HIPS' (if it hasn't yet been added)
  • Click the 'HIPS Settings' tab
  • Scroll down to 'Detect shellcode injections'

  • Ensure that 'Detect shellcode injections' is enabled, then click the 'Exclusions' link:

  • Click the 'Add' button.


    There are four ways you can select the application you want to exclude:

  • File Path -Location of the file you want to exclude. Provide the file path name and click 'OK'.

    • Repeat the process to add more applications
  • Folder - Exclude all applications in a specific folder. Enter the folder path and click 'OK':

  • Running process – Exclude an application by selecting its running process. The parent application of the process is added to exclusions:

    Enter the path of the process and click 'OK'
  • File Groups - Exclude a specific file category.
    • File groups are collections of one or more files. The files in each group usually have similar functionality and characteristics.
    • Example file groups included ‘Executables’, ‘Important Files/Folders’, ‘Email Clients’, and ‘Browser Plugins’.
    • Click 'Settings' > 'System Templates' > 'File Group Variables' to view and create filegroups

    • Select the group you want to exclude then click ‘OK’.
    • Click 'Save' to apply your changes.