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Windows credentials phishing using Metasploit

A while ago i came across a blog post from @enigma0x3. In this blog post a method was Untitled2described to perform a phishing attack to gather user credentials using Powershell. It is a great way to get the credentials of a user. This attack can be used if privilege escalation is hard (try harder) or not a option. In real life scenario’s i noticed that privilege escalation can be hard, for example on fully patched terminal servers. With this phishing method, you still can get the (network)credentials of the user. These credentials can be used to pivot into the network. I got some ideas to improve the attack:

  • Built the script into Metasploit, so the script code can be sent through the existing Metasploit connection
  • Popup the script on a certain user activity (starting new processes), if the popup is appearing without any action, it can be suspicious.
  • Also some bugfixes were possible in the existing Powershell script

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Bash data exfiltration through DNS (using bash builtin functions)

After gaining ‘blind’ command execution access to a compromised Linux host, data exfiltration can be difficult when the system ibinbash2s protected by a firewall. Sometimes these firewalls prevent the compromised host to establish connections to the internet. In these cases, data exfiltration through the DNS-protocol can be useful. In a lot of cases DNS-queries are not blocked by a firewall.  I’ve had a real life situation like this, which i will describe later on.

There are several oneliners on the internet available to exfiltrate command output through DNS. However, i noticed that these are using Linux applications (xxd, od, hexdump, etc), which are not always present on a minimalistic target system. I decided to create a oneliner, which is only using Bash builtin functionalities. The oneliner can be used whenever command execution is possible and Bash is installed on the compromised system.

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Reading Outlook using Metasploit

In penetration tests, it sometimes can be hard to escalate privileges on a (WindowsOutlook) target system. In this situation it can be useful to gain access to resources with sensitive information, such as passwords.

Metasploit does not have any module to read email messages from a local Outlook installation. Outlook can however contain a lot of sensitive and useful information in a penetration test, such as networkcredentials. I decided to create a Metasploit module which can read and/or search the local Outlook email messages.


In order to do this, the module is using powershell. The following powershell script is used by the Metasploit module:

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CVE-2014-6332: it’s raining shells

This is a shared post by me (@wez3forsec) and Rik van Duijn (@rikvduijn)

Today @yuange tweeted a proof of concept for CVE-2014-6223. CVE-2014-6332 is a critical Internet Explorer vulnerability that was patched with MS-14-064. The POC was able to execute the application notepad.exe. We wanted to pop some actual shells with this so now the race began to find a way of executing more than just notepad of calc. The “great” thing is this vulnerability affects Windows 95 IE 3.0 until Windows 10 IE 11 from a pentesters perspective this is awesome from a blue team perspective this will make you cry.

We wanted to pop shells that’s why we created a Metasploit module, this allows us to adapt our exploit when needed and gives us the usability of the Metasploit framework. This gives the ability to start lots of different payloads supported by the Metasploit framework. Continue reading