Tag Archive: DCSync

Jan 03

How Attackers Dump Active Directory Database Credentials

I previously posted some information on dumping AD database credentials before in a couple of posts: “How Attackers Pull the Active Directory Database (NTDS.dit) from a Domain Controller” and “Attack Methods for Gaining Domain Admin Rights in Active Directory“. This post covers many different ways that an attacker can dump credentials from Active Directory, both …

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Nov 22

Dump Clear-Text Passwords for All Admins in the Domain Using Mimikatz DCSync

The two key goals of any attack is access and persistence. This post covers elements of each. In a post-exploitation scenario where the attacker has compromised the domain or an account with delegated rights, it’s possible to dump the clear-text passwords of admins without being a Domain Admin*. This method requires the Active Directory Domain …

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Sep 25

Sneaky Active Directory Persistence #13: DSRM Persistence v2

The content in this post describes a method by which an attacker could persist administrative access to Active Directory after having Domain Admin level rights for 5 minutes. I presented on this AD persistence method at DerbyCon (2015). I also presented and posted on DSRM as a persistence method previously. Complete list of Sneaky Active …

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Sep 25

Mimikatz DCSync Usage, Exploitation, and Detection

Note: I presented on this AD persistence method at DerbyCon (2015). A major feature added to Mimkatz this summer is “DCSync” which effectively “impersonates” a Domain Controller and requests account password data from the targeted Domain Controller. DCSync was written by Benjamin Delpy and Vincent Le Toux. The exploit method prior to DCSync was to …

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