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Mar 01 2016
ADSecurity.org Now Sponsored by Trimarc!
Sean has founded a new security company called Trimarc focused on providing enterprise security solutions. Launching today, Trimarc’s mission is to identify ways to better protect organizations from modern threats not effectively stopped by traditional security measures. ADSecurity.org will continue thanks to Trimarc! Check out Trimarc’s capabilities at TrimarcSecurity.com.
Feb 24 2016
PowerShell Version 5 is Available for Download (again)
After about two months of Microsoft PowerShell developers working around the clock (probably), the bug that wound up causing the WMF 5.0 RTM installer to be pulled is now fixed. There was an issue with the original release dealing with PSModulePath ($Env:PSModulePath) which was reset to default after installation of the original PowerShell v5 installer. …
Feb 11 2016
Detecting Offensive PowerShell Attack Tools
At DerbyCon V (2015), I presented on Active Directory Attack & Defense and part of this included how to detect & defend against PowerShell attacks. Update: I presented at BSides Charm (Baltimore) on PowerShell attack & defense in April 2016. More information on PowerShell Security: PowerShell Security: PowerShell Attack Tools, Mitigation, & Detection The most …
Feb 11 2016
PowerShell Version 5 Security Enhancements
PowerShell version 5 is RTM (As of 12/18/2015). Prior to this there was a “production preview” available since August which means it was supported, but not final. With the final release of PowerShell v5 now available, I highly recommend you download PowerShell v5 and start testing to prepare for production deployment. While the PowerShell v5 …
Jan 31 2016
Microsoft EMET 5.5 Released – Benefits, New Features, Protection, Logging, & GPO Config
Microsoft recently released Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) version 5.5 (it jumped from 5.2 to 5.5) which includes Windows 10 compatibility and better GPO support (among others). I’ve included information from a variety of Microsoft sources in this post so that others don’t have to search for the data separately. The resources/references are listed at …
Jan 27 2016
Active Directory Recon Without Admin Rights
A fact that is often forgotten (or misunderstood), is that most objects and their attributes can be viewed (read) by authenticated users (most often, domain users). The challenge is that admins may think that since this data is most easily accessible via admin tools such as “Active Directory User and Computers” (dsa.msc) or “Active Directory …
Jan 22 2016
ADSecurity.org in the Press!
IT World Canada reached out to me recently to help with an article on Active Directory attack & defense. Read the article: “IT not doing enough to secure Active Directory, says expert.” IIT World Canada also requested comments for a second story titled: “22 tips for preventing ransomware attacks“.
Jan 18 2016
So You Want to Speak at a Security Conference?
After performing research at the end of 2014 on Microsoft enterprise security, specifically Active Directory, I realized that others may be interested in this information – my customers certainly were! So, I decided to submit a talk to the various security conferences and see what happened. I certainly didn’t expect to be accepted at 5 …
Jan 05 2016
Mimikatz Update Fixes Forged Kerberos Ticket Domain Field Anomaly – Golden Ticket Invalid Domain Field Event Detection No Longer Works
In late 2014, I discovered that the domain field in many events in the Windows security event log are not properly populated when forged Kerberos tickets are used. The key indicator is that the domain field is blank or contains the FQDN instead of the short (netbios) name and depending on the tool used to …