Hunting With Active Directory Replication Metadata

With the recent release of BloodHound’s ACL Attack Path Update as well as the work on Active Directory DACL backdooring by @_wald0 and myself (whitepaper here), I started to investigate ACL-based attack paths from a defensive perspective. Sean Metcalf has done some great work concerning Active Directory threat hunting (see his 2017 BSides Charm “Detecting …

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Offensive Encrypted Data Storage (DPAPI edition)

Last September I wrote a post titled “Offensive Encrypted Data Storage” that detailed an approach to securely storing data on disk during offensive engagements. I recently revisited the idea a bit while once again thinking about disk artifacts, and remembered about DPAPI. The Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) provides a simplified set of cryptographic functions …

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Pass-the-Hash Is Dead: Long Live LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post named “Pass-the-Hash is Dead: Long Live Pass-the-Hash” that detailed some operational implications of Microsoft’s KB2871997 patch. A specific sentence in the security advisory, “Changes to this feature include: prevent network logon and remote interactive logon to domain-joined machine using local accounts…” led me to believe (for the …

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