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Extracting VBA Macros From .DWG Files

I updated my tool to help with the analysis of files that embed OLE files, like AutoCAD's .dwg files with VBA macros.

A .dwg file is not an OLE file, and you get a warning when you try to analyze it with oledump:

I added a new option to oledump: -f (--find). You use this option to find and select embedded OLE files inside any file.

A .dwg file with embedded VBA macros contains an OLE file. You can now search for embedded OLE files using option "-f l" (letter l, for list), like this:

From this output, we can tell that the .dwg file contains an OLE file at position 0x8090.

We can select this embedded file for analysis using option "-f 1" (number 1), like this:

And then you can just use familiar options, like -s -v, to analyze the macros.

I also produced a video on .dwg files with embedded VBA macros:


Didier Stevens
Senior handler
Microsoft MVP


573 Posts
ISC Handler
Dec 22nd 2019

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