Tag Archive: DomainController

Mar 14

Sneaky Active Directory Persistence #17: Group Policy

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 the built-in Active Directory management capability called Group Policy …

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Mar 09

Sneaky Active Directory Persistence #16: Computer Accounts & Domain Controller Silver Tickets

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 about 5 minutes. All posts in my Sneaky Active Directory Persistence Tricks series This post explores how an attacker could leverage computer account credentials to persist in an enterprise …

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Jan 01

Attack Methods for Gaining Domain Admin Rights in Active Directory

There are many ways an attacker can gain Domain Admin rights in Active Directory. This post is meant to describe some of the more popular ones in current use. The techniques described here “assume breach” where an attacker already has a foothold on an internal system and has gained domain user credentials (aka post-exploitation). The …

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Dec 31

Cracking Kerberos TGS Tickets Using Kerberoast – Exploiting Kerberos to Compromise the Active Directory Domain

Microsoft’s Kerberos implementation in Active Directory has been targeted over the past couple of years by security researchers and attackers alike. The issues are primarily related to the legacy support in Kerberos when Active Directory was released in the year 2000 with Windows Server 2000. This legacy support is enabled when using Kerberos RC4 encryption …

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Nov 17

How Attackers Use Kerberos Silver Tickets to Exploit Systems

Usually Golden Tickets (forged Kerberos TGTs) get all the press, but this post is about Silver Tickets and how attackers use them to exploit systems. I have talked about how Silver Tickets can be used to persist and even re-exploit an Active Directory enterprise in presentations at security conferences this year. This post continues this …

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Jan 19

Attackers Can Now Use Mimikatz to Implant Skeleton Key on Domain Controllers & BackDoor Your Active Directory Forest

Once an attacker has gained Domain Admin rights to your Active Directory environment, there are several methods for keeping privileged access. Skeleton Key is an ideal persistence method for the modern attacker. More information on Skeleton Key is in my earlier post. Note that the behavior documented in this post was observed in a lab …

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Jan 16

Active Directory Domain Controller Skeleton Key Malware & Mimikatz

Dell SecureWorks posted about the Skeleton Key malware discovered at a customer site. The Skeleton Key malware is installed on one or multiple Domain Controllers running a supported 64bit OS. The malware “patches” the security system enabling a new master password to be accepted for any domain user, including admins. This enables the attacker to …

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Dec 15

Detecting MS14-068 Kerberos Exploit Packets on the Wire aka How the PyKEK Exploit Works

MS14-068 References: AD Kerberos Privilege Elevation Vulnerability: The Issue Detailed Explanation of MS14-068 MS14-068 Exploit POC with the Python Kerberos Exploitation Kit (aka PyKEK) Exploiting MS14-068 Vulnerable Domain Controllers Successfully with the Python Kerberos Exploitation Kit (PyKEK) This post shows the packet captures I performed using WireShark on the Domain Controllers during stage 1 and …

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Dec 07

Exploiting MS14-068 Vulnerable Domain Controllers Successfully with the Python Kerberos Exploitation Kit (PyKEK)

MS14-068 References: AD Kerberos Privilege Elevation Vulnerability: The Issue Detailed Explanation of MS14-068 MS14-068 Exploit POC with the Python Kerberos Exploitation Kit (aka PyKEK) Detecting PyKEK Kerberos Packets on the Wire aka How the MS14-068 Exploit Works After re-working my lab a bit, I set about testing the MS14-068 POC that Sylvain Monn√© posted to …

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Nov 18

MS14-068: Vulnerability in (Active Directory) Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

Active Directory leverages the Kerberos protocol for authentication. The vulnerability patches an issue with how the Domain Controller validates group membership in Kerberos tickets (hint: the ticket is always validated by the DC if the checksum is set to certain values). Microsoft KB3011780 patches this issue. According to Microsoft: “When this security bulletin was issued, …

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