February 2015 archive

Interesting KRBTGT Password Reset Behavior

Following up on Twitter conversations (@passingthehash, @scriptjunkie1, gentilkiwi, etc) on the new KRBTGT Password Reset Script and Skip Duckwall’s (@passingthehash) blog post on how KRBTGT password changes work. Microsoft KB2549833 states that the KRBTGT password is set automatically to a random string when a new password is entered. This occurs because there is special logic …

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MS15-011 & MS15-014: Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy (GPO) Vulnerabilities Patched

On February’s Patch Tuesday (2/11/2015), Microsoft released two patches that fix issues with the way Group Policy is processed by the client. Interestingly enough, one of these vulnerabilities (MS15-014) makes the other one (MS15-011) not only feasible, but quite capable. The Attack Scenario: An attacker leverages the vulnerability described in MS15-014 to prevent/stop Group Policy …

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Configuring Two-Factor Authentication for Web (Cloud) Services

Don’t want your web (cloud) account password to get hacked? Enable Two-Factor Authentication (aka two-step verification)! Google Account: Visit this site and follow the instructions to configure your cell phone as a second factor Step 1:  You’ll enter your password Whenever you sign in to Google, you’ll enter your password as usual. Step 2:  You’ll …

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