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Category: Active Directory Attacks

This series details Active Directory attacks you need to know about–how they work, the techniques and tools cyber attackers use to perpetrate these AD attacks, and what you can do to detect, block, and mitigate them.

Domain Persistence with Subauthentication Packages

Domain Persistence with Subauthentication Packages

A lot of my posts have covered Mimikatz and how it can be used to explore Active Directory and Windows security to learn how various attacks work.  Recently, the author of Mimikatz released a new feature which exposes a new attack surface that could be used to create persistence within AD.  This feature uses a subauthentication package to manipulate the Active Directory login process and escalate user privileges based on arbitrary conditions.  Basically, an attacker with access to your domain…

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What is DCSync? An Introduction

What is DCSync? An Introduction

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about the DCSync attack and how we can use StealthDEFEND to detect and respond to this type of attack. DCSync was the topic of previous STEALTHbits Blog post, so we’ll start this post with a review of DCSync and then cover what we can do about this attack with StealthDEFEND. What is DCSync? DCSync is a late stage kill chain attack that allows an attacker to simulate the behavior of Domain Controller (DC) in order to retrieve password…

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How to Detect Overpass-the-Hash Attacks

How to Detect Overpass-the-Hash Attacks

Now that we’ve looked at how pass-the-hash and pass-the-ticket attacks work and what to do to detect them, let’s take a look at overpass-the-hash.  Basically, this is a combination of both attacks. The idea of overpass-the-hash is for an attacker to leverage the NTLM hash of another user account to obtain a Kerberos ticket which can be used to access network resources. This can come in handy if you are only able to obtain the NTLM hash for an account,…

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How to Detect Pass-the-Ticket Attacks

How to Detect Pass-the-Ticket Attacks

In our first post of the series, we looked at some interesting ways to detect the pass-the-hash attack. Pass-the-hash is an effective approach for exploiting NTLM authentication within an Active Directory domain. Pass-the-ticket is an alternate approach which leverages Kerberos authentication to perform lateral movement.  In this post we will dive into how this attack works and what you can do to detect it. How Pass-the-Ticket Works In a pass-the-ticket attack, an attacker is able to extract a Kerberos Ticket Granting Ticket…

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How to Detect Pass-the-Hash Attacks

How to Detect Pass-the-Hash Attacks

This is the first in a 3-part blog series, that will be followed by a webinar February 28th. Lateral movement techniques are one of the most common approaches attackers can use to infiltrate your network and obtain privileged access to your credentials and data. This has been seen recently with modern ransomware such as SamSam and Ryuk. We’ve looked recently at how to detect pass-the-hash attacks using honeypots and in doing research into the most effective ways to detect this type…

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New Exchange Authentication Vulnerability uses AD Admin to Gain Privileges

New Exchange Authentication Vulnerability uses AD Admin to Gain Privileges

STEALTHbits mitigates a new vulnerability that uses Exchange Authentication to gain AD Admin privileges A new attack has been posted by Dirk-jan Mollemma, an independent security researcher that exploits how Exchange uses NTLM over HTTP to authenticate to the Active Directory Domain. Read the complete details. This attack combines known vulnerabilities in a new way to achieve privilege escalation that can be used to attack AD. Here is how the attack works. An attacker sends a request to Exchange that causes…

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ProTip – Enterprise Password Enforcer Complex Policies

ProTip – Enterprise Password Enforcer Complex Policies

StealthINTERCEPT Enterprise Password Enforcer Safeguards from Authentication-Based Attacks Using a curated dictionary of known compromised passwords and dozens of password filters, StealthINTERCEPT Enterprise Password Enforcer (EPE) safeguards your organization from authentication-based attacks. This is accomplished by proactively preventing these weak and compromised passwords from being used – regardless of whether or not they meet complexity requirements – further enforcing password hygiene and reducing the opportunity for attackers to crack or guess passwords in automated or manual fashions.     Our…

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Deploying Pass-the-Hash Honeypots

Deploying Pass-the-Hash Honeypots

So far in this series, we’ve learned about the HoneyHash, a useful honeypot technique for detecting Pass-the-Hash and credential theft within a Windows environment.  We then looked into how to monitor for an attacker triggering the honeypot, and how to gather the necessary forensic details to investigate the attack.  Now let’s look at what you need to do to roll out the honeypot across multiple endpoints in your environment. There are some basic challenges we need to consider.  First, we…

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Implementing Detections for the Honeyhash

Implementing Detections for the Honeyhash

In our first post of this series, we explored the Honeyhash, and how it can be used to create a honeypot to catch attackers performing credential theft and pass-the-hash attacks.  Now that our trap is set, we need to make sure we can catch any attacker in the act who may fall for it. The concept of detection for the Honeyhash is simple.  We put a fake account in memory on a system, so let’s see if anybody tries to…

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Detecting Pass-the-Hash with Honeypots

Detecting Pass-the-Hash with Honeypots

Credential theft within Windows and Active Directory continues to be one of the most difficult security problems to solve.  This is made clear in the Verizon DBIR where it is reported that the use of stolen credentials is the #1 action identified across data breaches. Microsoft has acknowledged this challenge and responded with a guide on how to mitigate the Pass-the-Hash attack.  They have expanded on their recommendations and outlined steps to set up a tiered Active Directory environment and…

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