Posts Tagged ‘mod_negotiation’

A while ago I wrote about more efficient brute forcing if mod_negotiation is enabled. Also released a python script to automate this. Well now I’ve written some metasploit auxiliary modules that perform the same task. One module can be used to scan ranges for web servers that have it enabled, the other module can be used to actually brute force files. You can find them on github:

I’ve also made a redmine ticket on metasploit and submitted them, if you are lazy and just want to wait until metasploit includes them. Assuming they do, after all it’s my first attempt at contributing to metasploit and my code might not be up to the standards.

For the ones paying attention to every detail, yes I fucked up and made a typo while submitting the ticket :)

If you want to use them you can place them in the following directory:


After you’ve place them there, just fire up metasploit and perform a search for negotiation, they should show up in the results. If something goes wrong, read the code I didn’t do a lot of error checking. If you are wondering why I choose to make modules for the mod_negotiation issue…like always I wanted to learn something new and I was familiar with it so was more confident I could implement them. If it all went well it should all look like the following:


Or like most people will call it “just another mod_negotiation script”. Well yeah that’s true. I still think it has it’s added value during a brute force if it’s available. I’m not going to waste any space on explaining what the whole mod_negotiation thing is, because there are a number of excellent resources out there:

For the ones that are just curious how this boils down to source you can of course read the source of the module and some documentation about it, which is available over here:

So why did I write “yet another” script for this? Well first because I wanted to keep learning and practicing python. Also because I wanted my brute force attacks to be a little bit more efficient. So with this script instead of trying to guess the entire name(including the extension) of the file, I just guess the name and mod_negotiation will do the rest for me(read the links I provide, because it only works for mime types that are known to apache). So with a bit of luck you need less requests to find more files. For the ones working with w3af, it already has support for mod_negotiation testing.

The way to use this script would be to combine it with the excellent tool DirBuster. Just have DirBuster do a recursive directory brute force. Then take those results and feed them to my script with a decent file name list. This script is kind of an alpha version, just something I quickly whipped up.

[*] DiabloHorn
[*] Mod Negotiate File Brute Force
[*] -t <target> -d <dir list> -f <file list>
[*] -t target to scan
[*] -d directories which will be scanned
[*] -f files which will be scanned
[*] -v verbose
[*] -h this help

You can get the src from here.