Author's posts

Aug 10

Beyond Domain Admins – Domain Controller & AD Administration

Active Directory has several levels of administration beyond the Domain Admins group. In a previous post, I explored: “Securing Domain Controllers to Improve Active Directory Security” which explores ways to better secure Domain Controllers and by extension, Active Directory. For more information on Active Directory specific rights and permission review my post “Scanning for Active …

Continue reading »

May 30

AD Reading: Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Features

The following are useful resources for Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Features.   Windows 2016 Features What’s New in Windows 2016 Active Directory Windows Server 2016 AD Functional Level   Privileged Access Management (PAM) Windows 2016 PAM Shadow Security Principals (temporary group membership)   Azure AD Join Windows 2016 Azure AD Join   Microsoft Hello …

Continue reading »

May 01

BSides Charm (2017) Talk Slides Posted – Detecting the Elusive: Active Directory Threat Hunting

I recently presented my talk  “Detecting the Elusive: Active Directory Threat Hunting” at BSides Charm in Baltimore, MD. Slides are now posted in the Presentations section. I cover some of the information I’ve posted here before: PowerShell Security Detecting Kerberoasting: Part 1 and Part 2   On Sunday, April 30th, 2017, I spoke at BSides Charm in …

Continue reading »

May 01

Sp4rkCon (2017) Talk Slides Posted – Active Directory Security: The Good, the Bad, & the UGLY

I recently presented my talk “Active Directory Security: The Good, the Bad, & the UGLY” at Sp4rkCon in Bentonville, AR in April 2017. Slides are now posted in the Presentations section. I cover some of the information I’ve posted here before: PowerShell Security Detecting Kerberoasting: Part 1 and Part 2 Here’s the talk description: Active Directory Security:The Good, the …

Continue reading »

Feb 05

Detecting Kerberoasting Activity

Introduction Kerberoasting can be an effective method for extracting service account credentials from Active Directory as a regular user without sending any packets to the target system. This attack is effective since people tend to create poor passwords. The reason why this attack is successful is that most service account passwords are the same length …

Continue reading »

Jan 29

Sneaky Persistence Active Directory Trick #18: Dropping SPNs on Admin Accounts for Later Kerberoasting

The content in this post describes a method through which an attacker could persist administrative access to Active Directory after having Domain Admin level rights for about 5 minutes. Complete list of Sneaky Active Directory Persistence Tricks posts This post explores how an attacker could leverage existing admin rights and/or over-permissive delegation to gain persistence …

Continue reading »

Nov 03

Securing Domain Controllers to Improve Active Directory Security

Active Directory security effectively begins with ensuring Domain Controllers (DCs) are configured securely. At BlackHat USA this past Summer, I spoke about AD for the security professional and provided tips on how to best secure Active Directory. This post focuses on Domain Controller security with some cross-over into Active Directory security. The blog is called …

Continue reading »