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Brendan Watters

Metasploit Wrapup

Posted by Brendan Watters Jun 16, 2017

A fresh, new UAC bypass module for Windows 10!

Leveraging the behavior of fodhelper.exe and a writable registry key as a normal user, you too can be admin! Unpatched as of last week, this bypass module works on Windows 10 only, but it works like a charm!


Reach out and allocate something

This release offers up a fresh denial/degradation of services exploit against hosts running a vulnerable version of rpcbind. Specifically, you can repeatedly allocate up to four gigabytes of RAM on the remote host with predictably bad results. It becomes worse when you realize that the allocation process is outside tracked memory, so that memory will not be unallocated. As a bonus, the granularity of the module accommodates those who wish to be truly evil by allowing them to simply degrade a host's performance, rather than completely crashing it.


Hardware agnosticism

Thanks to our great community, this release contains a fix for a troublesome bug where a Meterpreter session would crash under a specific set of circumstances when running on an AMD CPU. The exact cause is yet to be determined, but it appears the AMD chip becomes confused about the memory it can access, and inserting an otherwise bogus move instruction causes the chip to recover or somehow right itself, allowing it to execute the originally-offending instruction. If you are a bit of a hardware junkie, feel free to read more.


Improved reporting

There were multiple fixes to help in a less exciting, but still incredibly important, aspect of pen-testing: reporting. We fixed a bug in vulnerability reporting where Metasploit was not correctly tracking the attempted vulnerabilities so reports would be less accurate than they could be. Also, an update to our scanner modules increases the CVE references for each scan to allow better reporting or researching for methods of attack.


Download now supports terrible networks

A new feature allows Metasploit users to control the block size when downloading files. In most cases, this is not important, but on a network that might be slow or laggy, the ability to control block size will result in more reliable downloads. Included is an adaptive flag to drop the block size in half every time a block transfer fails. If you've never had to redteam on a bad network, count yourself lucky; if you have, you'll love this new feature.


It happens to the best of us

In addition to adding functionality and fixing user bugs, this release also includes a security fix reported by our community. The CSRF vulnerability is now patched; we send a hearty thank you to the reporter, @SymbianSyMoh!


New Modules

Exploit modules (2 new)


Auxiliary and post modules (1 new)

* RPC DoS targeting *nix rpcbind/libtirpc by Pearce Barry and guidovranken exploits CVE-2017-8779


Get it

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:

To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.


A vulnerability in Metasploit Pro, Express, and Community was patched in Metasploit v4.14.0 (Update 2017061301). Routes used to stop running tasks (either particular ones or all tasks) allowed GET requests. Only POST requests should have been allowed, as the stop/stop_all routes change the state of the service. This could have allowed an attacker to stop currently-running Metasploit tasks by getting an authenticated user to execute JavaScript (example below). As of Metasploit 4.14.0 (Update 2017061301), the routes for stopping tasks only allow POST requests, which validate the presence of a secret token to prevent CSRF attacks.


CVE-2017-5244 is classified as CWE-352 (Cross-Site Request Forgery), and its CVSSv3 base score is 3.1. This is a lower severity issue due to the complexity of deployment and the lack of data exposure, but we nevertheless strongly encourage Metasploit users to update their instances using the steps outlined under “Remediation” below. In addition, Rapid7 will be doing further review of other important routes to verify they properly restrict access.



Rapid7 warmly thanks Mohamed A. Baset (Founder and Cyber Security Advisor at SAS de C.V. Mexico; @SymbianSyMoh) for reporting this vulnerability to us, as well as providing information to help us resolve the issue and protect Metasploit users. You can read his report on the issue here.


Am I affected?

Versions of Metasploit Pro, Express, and Community editions before 4.14.0 (Update 2017061301) are vulnerable to CVE-2017-5244, regardless of operating system.


Additional details and exploitation

While POST requests go through normal Rails anti-CSRF verification, this doesn’t apply to GET requests. Routes that aren’t idempotent (i.e. they make changes) need to be limited to POST only. Since that was not the case before this patch, and the stop action could be triggered through GET requests, an attacker able to trick an authenticated user to request a URL which runs JavaScript could trigger the same action. It may also be possible to exploit this vulnerability by injecting network traffic impersonating the same request. This video shows the reporter exploiting this vulnerability to stop a running discovery scan.


Example exploitation Javascript calling the affected route after 5 seconds:

setInterval(function(){ window.location.replace(""); }, 5000); 


Regardless of vector, the result of that route being called by an authenticated user would be to stop all running tasks (e.g. discovery scans, report generation). This should show up in UI notifications and task logs. In terms of impact, while some tasks can be replayed (i.e. restarted with the same configuration), there’s no way to resume the stopped tasks; thus data limited to that task may be not be saved to the database, and therefore lost.



We strongly encourage Metasploit users to update their instances to the latest version (Metasploit 4.14.0 (Update 2017061301) or above). You can find detailed update steps here. Release notes and offline installers are available here.


Disclosure Timeline

  • Sat, May 27, 2017: Vulnerability reported to Rapid7 by Mohamed A. Baset
  • Tue, May 30, 2017: Vulnerability confirmed by Rapid7
  • Fri, June 9, 2017: Vulnerability fixed by Rapid7
  • Sun, June 11, 2017: Rapid7 assigned CVE-2017-5244 to this vulnerability
  • Wed, June 14, 2017: Rapid7 released patch; public disclosure
  • Wed, June 14, 2017: Rapid7 reported vulnerability to MITRE
Brendan Watters

Metasploit Wrapup

Posted by Brendan Watters Jun 2, 2017

It has only been one week since the last wrapup, so it's not like much could have happened, right? Wrong!


Misery Loves Company

After last week's excitement with Metasploit's version of ETERNALBLUE (AKA the Wannacry vulnerability), this week SAMBA had its own "Hold My Beer" moment with the disclosure that an authenticated (or anonymous) client can upload a shared library to a SAMBA server, and that server will happily execute the library! The vulnerability is present in all versions of SAMBA since 2010 and was only patched a few days ago. That length of time paired with the number, simplicity, and price points of the devices that run SAMBA mean that this vulnerability will be around for a very, very long time. The always-original internet appears to have dubbed this "Sambacry" whereas we here at Rapid7 have taken a more animated path in our references. In the scant week since the vulnerability was released, we've already landed and improved a module that takes advantage of the vulnerability, and it works on fifteen different computing architectures. Because SAMBA runs on so many different architectures, and we're supporting them, this really is the perfect opportunity to go out and play with the new and improved POSIX Meterpreter!


Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

Just because we had a shiny new exploit does not mean we forgot about our old friend from last week, ETERNALBLUE. This update sees several improvements to last week's module, including:

  • An improved architecture verification when port 135 is blocked
  • Ignoring and continuing if the target does not reply to an SMB request
  • OS Verification


We've Got Your Back

Not too long ago, we added a module to migrate from one architecture to another on Windows hosts. Unfortunately, if you were running as an elevated user, the new session did not maintain those privileges. Now, if you try to migrate as SYSTEM, we'll stop you and make sure you really want to privdesc(?) yourself.


Speaking of Running Metasploit in Strange Places

zombieCraig has extended support for the hardware bridge in Metasploit, squashing bugs and adding two new commands: testerpresent and isotpsend. The first sends keepalive packets in the background to maintain the diagnostic connection, and the second allows communication with ISO-TP compatible modules. We've also added a module to dump credentials on scadaBR systems.


Target your Target

For those who have enjoyed the recent Office Macro exploit, you can now embed it into custom docx templates for that personal touch.


New Modules

Exploit modules (5 new)


Get It

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:

To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.


More Improvements



Metasploit Wrapup

Posted by egypt Employee May 26, 2017

It has been an intense couple of weeks in infosec since the last Wrapup and we've got some cool things for you in the latest update.


Hacking like No Such Agency

I'll admit I was wrong. For several years, I've been saying we'll never see another bug like MS08-067, a full remote hole in a default Windows service. While I'm not yet convinced that MS17-010 will reach the same scale as MS08-067 did, EternalBlue has already done substantial damage to the internet. Rapid7 bloggers covered a bunch of the details last week.

EternalBlue: Metasploit Module for MS17-010


Since the last Wrapup, we've added an exploit for EternalBlue that targets x64 on the Windows 7 kernel (including 2008 R2). Updates are in the works to cover x86 and other kernels. There is also a scanner that can reliably determine exploitability of MS17-010, as well as previous infection with DOUBLEPULSAR, the primary payload used by the original leaked exploit.


While EternalBlue was making all the headlines, we also landed an exploit module for the IIS ScStoragePathFromUrl bug (CVE-2017-7269) for Windows 2003 from the same dump. This one requires the victim to have WebDAV enabled, which isn't default but is really common, especially on webservers of that era. Since 2003 is End of Support, Microsoft is not going to release a patch.


Dance the Samba

In the few days since we spun this release, we also got a shiny new exploit module for Samba, the Unixy SMB daemon that runs on every little file sharing device ever. Expect some more discussion about it in the next wrapup. In the mean time, you can read more about the effects of the bug.


WordPress PHPMailer

WordPress, which powers large swaths of the internet, embeds a thing called PHPMailer for sending email, mostly for stuff like password resets. Earlier this May, security researcher Dawid Golunski published a vulnerability in PHPMailer. The vulnerability is similar to CVE-2016-10033, discovered by the same researcher. Both of these bugs allow you to control arguments to sendmail(1).


Now, vulns in WordPress core are kind of a big deal, since as previously mentioned, WP is deployed everywhere. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately depending on your perspective), there is a big caveat -- Apache since 2.2.32 and 2.4.24 changes a default setting, HttpProtocolOptions to disallow the darker corners of RFC2616, effectively mitigating this bug for most modern installations.


The intrepid @wvu set forth to turn this into a Metasploit module and came out the other side with some shells and interesting discoveries that he'll cover in a more detailed technical post coming soon to a Metasploit Blog near you.



While Meterpreter is a very powerful and flexible tool for post exploitation on its own, sometimes you need the flexibility to go beyond the functionality that it provides directly. There may be a special API that needs to be called to extract a credential, or a certain system call that is required to trigger an exploit. For a long time, Windows Meterpreter users have enjoyed the use of the Railgun extension, which provides a way to do just that, similar to FFI (Foreign Function Interface) that is available in many scripting languages, but operating remotely. Thanks to an enormous effort by Metasploit contributor, zeroSteiner, Linux users can now also take advantage of Railgun, as it is now implemented as part of Python Meterpreter! This functionality opens the door to many new post-exploitation module possibilities, including the ability to steal cleartext passwords from gnome-keyring. See zeroSteiner’s blog and his more technical companion piece for more details.


Steal all the things

This week's update also continues the fine tradition of Stealing All the Things(tm). The aforementioned gnome-keyring dumper allows you to steal passwords from a logged-in user. In a similar vein, if you have a shell on a JBoss server, post/multi/gather/jboss_gather will give you all the passwords. The fun thing about both of these is that they work on the principle that you have permission to read these things -- there is no exploit here, and nothing to be patched.


On the other side of things, auxiliary/admin/scada/moxa_credentials_recovery does take advantage of a vulnerability to grab all the creds from a cute little SCADA device.


New Modules

Exploit modules (10 new)


Auxiliary and post modules (6 new)


Get it

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:



To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.

This week's release of Metasploit includes a scanner and exploit module for the EternalBlue vulnerability, which made headlines a couple of weeks ago when hacking group, the Shadow Brokers, disclosed a trove of alleged NSA exploits. Included among them, EternalBlue, exploits MS17-010, a Windows SMB vulnerability. This week, EternalBlue has been big news again due to attackers using it to devastating effect in a highly widespread ransomware attack, WannaCry. Unless you've been vacationing on a remote island, you probably already know about this; however, if you have somehow managed to miss it, check out Rapid7's resources on it, including guidance on how to scan for MS17-010 with Rapid7 InsightVM or Rapid7 Nexpose.


The Metasploit module - developed by contributors zerosum0x0 and JennaMagius - is designed specifically to enable security professionals to test their organization's vulnerability and susceptibility to attack via EternalBlue. It does not include ransomware like WannaCry does and it won't be worming its merry way around the internet.


Metasploit is built on the premise that security professionals need to have the same tools that attackers do in order to understand what they're up against and how best to defend themselves. The community believes in this, and we have always supported it. This philosophy drove the amazing Metasploit contributor community to take on the challenge of reverse engineering and recreating the EternalBlue exploit as quickly and reliably as possible, so they could arm defenders with the info they need. We want to say a big thanks to JennaMagius and zerosum0x0 for their work on this.


From a vulnerability management perspective, there are a lot things that security practitioners can do to understand their exposure, however, with Metasploit you can go beyond theoretical risk and show the impact of compromise. Access to systems is more concrete evidence of the problem. Metasploit effectively allows security practitioners to test their own systems and dispel the hype and speculation of headlines with facts.


From a penetration testing perspective, research shows that over two thirds of engagements had exploitable vulnerabilities leading to compromise. Metasploit modules such as EternalBlue enable security practitioners to communicate the real impact of not patching to the business.


UPDATE – May 19, 2017: Security researcher, Krypt3ia, wrote a blog post highlighting a possible connection between the process that zerosum0x0 and JennaMagius went through in reversing the EternalBlue exploit, and the WannaCry attack.


Zerosum0x0 and JennaMagius both work at as security researchers at RiskSense, a provider of pro-active cyber risk management solutions. In response to Krypt3ia’s blog, RiskSense provided this clarification of the situation:


The module was developed to enable security professionals to test their organization's vulnerability and susceptibility to attack via EternalBlue. As part of their research, the researchers created a recording of the network traffic that occurs when the Fuzzbunch EternalBlue exploit is run. The purpose of this recording was to help educate other security professionals, and get feedback as they worked through the process. This kind of approach is fairly common in both the security researcher and open source contributor communities, where transparent collaboration enables individuals to pool their expertise and achieve greater results. It’s possible that data from this analysis was copied and rewritten by individuals with malicious intent; we cannot confirm if this is the case or not. Unfortunately, this is a risk that is taken whenever technical information and techniques are shared publicly. None-the-less, we believe the educational and collaborative benefits generally outweigh the risk. To our knowledge, no code from the Metasploit module was ever used in the WannaCry attacks, and once Krypt3ia’s blog pointed out the possibility that some of the information may have been used by the attackers, we removed the recording from the Github repository to ensure no other bad actors would be able to do likewise to create variants of the malware.


Here’s a summary of context and the technical details:


    • Recording the replay and playing it back works against freshly booted boxes because the Tree Connect AndX response will assign TreeID 2048 on the first few connections, after which it will move on to other tree IDs. This is the same for the user login request. The replay would then fail because the rest of the replay is using "2048" for the tree and user IDs, and the server has no idea what the client is talking about.



    • Zerosum0x0x’s research supplemented these findings by outlining that __USERID__PLACEHOLDER__ and __TREEID__PLACEHOLDER__ strings were also present in the malware.


Replaying ANY recording of EternalBlue will produce the same result, so the attackers may have chosen to use that particular recording to throw investigators off track. It is important to note that to our knowledge no code from the Metasploit module was ever used in the WannaCry attacks.


To be successful, the attackers independently implemented sending the network traffic in C; constructed additional code to interact with DoublePulsar (which is a significantly harder undertaking than just replaying the recorded traffic), implemented the rest of their malware (maybe before or after), and then released it on the world.


Again, Rapid7 wants to reiterate how much we appreciate community participants such as zerosum0x0 and JennaMagius, who contribute their time and expertise to better arm organizations to defend themselves against cyberattackers.

The Python Meterpreter has received quite a few improvements this year. In order to generate consistent results, we now use the same technique to determine the Windows version in both the Windows and Python instances of Meterpreter. Additionally, the native system language is now populated in the output of the sysinfo command. This makes it easier to identify and work with international systems.


The largest change to the Python Meterpreter is the addition of Railgun functionality. Railgun - in the context of the Metasploit Framework - refers to a set of features available in the standard API (stdapi) extension of Meterpreter. The intention of the feature set is to allow the Metasploit side to call functions in native libraries on the compromised host. This has some very practical applications when it comes to post exploitation, but is also used in some older local exploit modules. The functionality has been around since 2010, but until recently was only supported by the native Windows Meterpreter.


Recent additions to Metasploit are expanding the scope of this functionality to support non-Windows platforms. Specifically, the Python Meterpreter has received support for these Railgun API functions when on the Windows and Linux platforms. Bringing this functionality to the Linux platform will increase what Metasploit users can do with their sessions.


To demonstrate the functionality, one of the newest Linux post-exploit modules uses Railgun to call functions in as the current user. This is then used to enumerate and extract all plaintext passwords that it holds for the user - all without having to write any files to disk.


Without Railgun, a common practice to call a native library code would be to upload a precompiled binary to perform the necessary tasks, or upload the source to compile one. Most penetration testers want to avoid writing things to disk for obvious reasons. With expanded Railgun support, uploading files such as these isn’t necessary.


For more technical details on how the new Python Meterpreter Railgun implementation works, check out this War Room blog post.

Integrating InsightVM or Nexpose (Rapid7's vulnerability management solutions) with Metasploit (our penetration testing solution) is a lot like Cupid playing “matchmaker” with vulnerabilities and exploit modules. When a vulnerability scan is imported into Metasploit, many things happen under the hood, outside of generating host, service, and vulnerability data in your workspace. In much the same way that Cupid takes into account the qualities of the individuals he is matchmaking, when a host’s service is found to have a vulnerability, Metasploit will check its ever growing store of modules for one that can potentially be run against the host’s vulnerabilities. This is referred to as an Automatic Exploitation Match. Match generation takes into account not only the vulnerability, but attributes of the host like platform, architecture, etc. This special set of criteria leads to the generation of module matches that have a pretty high chance of successfully being run on the host. Of course, just like with Cupid’s matchmaking, given the uncertain nature of networking environments and other factors, the default configuration for a module may not always work without some tweaking of parameters (e.g. using a bind payload for a target that is behind a NAT). Two people may be compatible, but sometimes things just don’t work out.


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The Vuln count is over 9000!! X.X


Modules that have been matched with vulnerable hosts can be viewed at a single vulnerability instance’s related modules tab. This is all well and good, but vulnerability instances are attributed to a single host, which means the same Vulnerability definition will show up in several Vulnerability instances, one for each host that has an instance of that Vulnerability. When dealing with a non-trivial environment containing several hosts, the table of Vulnerabilities quickly explodes in number, becoming difficult to manage and make sense of. This can be similar to the feeling of being overwhelmed by the plenty of fish that are out there in the sea: a lot of noise, when you really just want to know which are even compatible. It is difficult to determine which vulnerability instances actually have modules that can be used against them, requiring iteratively clicking on each Vulnerability instance’s related modules tab to see.  If only there was a way to view the results of matchmaking modules with vulnerabilities in an intuitive and productive way…


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Introducing the Applicable Modules tab: a list of modules that can be run against targets in your workspace.


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Quick visibility into associated hosts and vulnerability instances with aggregated counts.


With the latest release of Metasploit Pro, we introduce the Applicable Modules tab to the workspace analysis view. This view aims to solve the problem of making sense of a massive list of vulnerabilities. Similar to the way a single vulnerability page has a related modules tab, the Applicable Modules tab in workspace analysis aggregates a list of related modules across all vulnerable instances in your workspace. Along with each module entry in this list, relevant metadata related to the module are also quickly viewable, including the affected hosts and associated vulnerabilities. Hover over the various metadata entities to view additional information, such as services on a host or a full vulnerability description, without having to navigate away from the page. You can click on a module to autoconfigure a module run with all affected hosts filled in as targets. This list defaults to being sorted by module release date, so you can quickly see the latest hotness Metasploit has to offer that can target hosts in your environment. The Applicable Modules table densely packs and associates host, vuln, and module-matching information that is relevant to your workspace into a single view, allowing for deeper insight at a glance.

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Handy hover-overs to view further details without having to navigate away from page.


Metasploit generates quite a bit of insightful data regarding the relationship of vulnerabilities found in your workspace and their exploitability via modules. The Applicable Modules workspace analysis tab intuitively presents the relevant information relating hosts, vulnerabilities, and the exploit modules within Metasploit by listing modules that can target assets in your environment. Be sure to also catch the other productivity enhancements included in the latest release: “Single Host’s modules view as a searchable/sortable table” and “Pushing InsightVM and Nexpose Exceptions and Validations from Task Chains”. All is fair in <3 and Infosec. Happy exploiting, friends!


hdm recently provided a new exploit module for a type confusion vulnerability that exists in Ghostscript versions 9.21 and earlier, allowing remote code execution on the target. And to "kick it up a notch", this exploit got itself a snazzy logo which also contains the exploit:


(spoiler alert: it's called GhostButt)

Forever and a day

From mr_me comes a one-two punch in the form of two exploits which target an EOL'd Trend Micro appliance. Certain versions of the Threat Discovery Appliance contain both authentication bypass and command injection vulnerabilities, which can be used to gain access to the appliance and run whatevs, respectively. And because this product is no longer supported by Trend Micro, these vulns are expected to be "forever day".



If you're looking for remote code execution via an MS Office document vuln, nixawk's exploit module might fit the bill nicely. This new addition allows Framework users to easily craft a doc file containing an OLE object which references an HTML Application (HTA). When the target opens this document, the HTA is accessed over the network (Framework acting as the server, of course), and remote code execution is back on the menu.


Feeling constrained?

Mercurial SCM users with ssh access can now move about more freely thanks to a new exploit module from claudijd. By targeting weak repo validation in HG server's customizable hg-ssh script, users can use this module to break out of their restricted shell and execute arbitrary code. Give it a go and enjoy your new-found freedom...!


But wait, there's more!

Rounding out our tech updates, bcook-r7 has given us a polite push forward and "flipped the switch" so that the POSIX Meterpreter used by Framework is now providing Mettle as its payload. Not only does Mettle weigh-in at ~1/2 the size of the old POSIX Meterpreter, it also provides more functionality. Additionally, it's being actively worked on these days, unlike the old POSIX Meterpreter. Yes, plz!


The Summer of Code is upon us!

We are excited to welcome Tabish Imran, B.N. Chandrapal, and Taichi Kotake to the Metasploit community as 2017 Google Summer of Code students. We thank everyone who took the time to participate; it was a fierce competition, with over 30 applicants. Look forward to seeing the great projects these students create this summer!


New Modules

Exploit modules (6 new)


Auxiliary and post modules (1 new)


Get it

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:

To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.

Editor's Note: While this edition of the Metasploit Wrapup is a little late (my fault, sorry), we're super excited that it's our first ever Metasploit Wrapup to be authored by an non-Rapid7 contributor. We'd like to thank claudijd -long-time Metasploit contributor, Mozilla security wrangler, and overall nice guy - for writing this post. If other Metasploit contributors want to get involved with spreading the word, we want to hear from you!


We should be back on track timing-wise with our Wrapup for this week on Friday.  Without any further delay, here's what's new in Metasploit versions 4.14.4 through 4.14.11.

- JE


Here's my number, text me maybe?

Metasploit sessions can happen at any time. Fortunately, you can always be plugged in to what's going on with the new session notifier plugin, compliments of wchen. This plugin allows you to send SMS notifications for Metasploit sessions to a variety of carriers (AllTel, AT&T wireless, Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Google Fi, T-Mobile, Version, and Virgin Mobile) so you'll never miss out on the pwnage.




Text-editors and Programming Languages

If you've ever been cornered by a VIM user around the water cooler and been regaled to exhaustion about why you should also choose VIM, you probably hold your ability to choose in high regard. Recently, acammack extended Metasploit to provide initial support to include more choice in what programming language you can write Metasploit modules in. The idea here would be that instead of being forced to write all modules in Ruby, you could write one in Python, Go, LOLCODE, or whatever your heart desires.


Improve Your Spider Sense

Many of us have had that feeling before that something doesn't add up, you can think of it as your own "hacker spider-sense." This can sometimes happen when you tell yourself, "that seemed way too easy" or "these services don't quite make sense", only to find out later that you've owned a honeypot. To help fight against this, thecarterb recently added an auxillary module to Metasploit, which allows you to check Shodan's honeyscore to see if your target is or is not known to act like a honeypot with a score between 0.0-1.0 (0.0 being not a honeypot and 1.0 being a honeypot). Having this data can be useful both after exploitation (to realize your blunder) or even earlier in the process to avoid an obvious honeypot before you send a single byte in its direction.


Waste Not, Want Not

You never know when a useful bit of information will be the key to another door. In that spirit, it's encouraged to loot as much as you can when you can. Recently, a number of useful modules have been added to help you loot as much as possible and improve your odds of success...


Multi Gather IRSSI IRC Passwords - This post module allows you to steal an IRSSI user's configuration file if it contains useful IRC user/network passwords. This could be helpful if you'd like to mix in a little social engineering, by impersonating your target to get additional people working for you.


Windows Gather DynaZIP Saved Password Extraction - This post module allows you to harvest clear text passwords from dynazip.log files. This can be pretty handy if you have have an encrypted zip file that you need opened in a hurry.


Multiple Cambium Modules - If you find yourself testing Cambium ePMP 1000's, you're in luck, as multiple modules have been added to effectively juice all sorts of information from these devices. These modules allow you to pull a variety of configuration files and password hashes over HTTP and SNMP. This is helpful to identify a shared password or password scheme that's been re-used on other network infrastructure devices to expand your influence.


New Modules

Exploit Modules (5 new)


Auxiliary and post modules (10 new)


Get It

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:


To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.

The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol family is arguably one of the most important network protocols to be conversant in as a security professional. It carries the capability for File and Print Sharing, remote process execution, and an entire system of Named Pipes that serve as access points to any number of services running on a machine, such as Microsoft SQL Server. For users of Metasploit, they will know SMB as the protocol used for PSExec, a remote code execution module that can turn any Administrator credentials into a session on the box. It is also the protocol that has played host to several of the most high-profile vulnerabilities, such MS08-067 (the vulnerability used by the Conficker Worm), and MS03-039 (the vulnerability used by the Blaster Worm).


Additionally, the File and Print Sharing services mean that SMB is the default means of sharing files in a Windows environment. Whenever you create a “network share” in Windows, it is being served up over SMB. I can tell you, from personal experience, that network shares are a gold mine during a penetration test.


Now, armed with some understanding of why this protocol is so important, we must dive into how Metasploit handles SMB. Metasploit’s current “implementation” of SMB has been an ad hoc reverse-engineered effort that started small and was added to with each major SMB vulnerability we wrote modules to target, which turned out to be rather a lot. The implementation is extremely rough, and only supports SMB1. There are some very good reasons for why this is the case.


SMB is complex

SMB, by its very nature is complex. It is a binary protocol, opposed to a text protocol such as HTTP, and is only readable by computers that have been trained to do so. It also has a wide array of capabilities, some of which are interdependent upon each other.


Earlier I called SMB a protocol family, and that’s because it is not really just one protocol, nor is it a group of protocols operating at various layers as is the case with something like RDP. It is a Frankenstein’s Monster of efforts by different groups including IBM, Intel, 3COM, and Microsoft. The formative years of SMB were not governed by a single driving design, and it can be seen in the protocol. What’s worse, is that for a long time there was no available developer documentation for the protocol specification. Anecdotally I have heard the story that Microsoft themselves had lost any documentations on the spec, and had to reverse engineer the protocol to provide said documentation.


This left Metasploit developers and contributors in the position of only being able to look at packet captures to reproduce what they see going on.


The rise of SMB2 and SMB3 and the decline of Metasploit’s SMB

After years of dealing with SMB/CIFS Microsoft finally designed a new protocol, SMB2. They rolled this out for the first time in Windows Vista, and it has since become standard in every Windows OS. SMB2 is a more elegant and more streamlined version of the SMB protocol. Unfortunately, none of Metasploit’s existing code supported the new protocol. For a while this was fine as SMB1 was still enabled by default in the Windows OSes. Over the past few years it has become an increasingly common practice however, to disable SMB1 and only allow SMB2.


This change meant that Metasploit could no longer talk to those boxes. Modules from information gathering, to brute forcing, to exploits all suddenly became ineffective against these boxes. On top of this, Metasploit’s ad hoc implementation of SMB1/CIFS had become very recognizable due to its particular idiosyncrasies. IDS/IPS vendors began to differentiate between Metasploit’s SMB traffic and that of a legitimate SMB client. All of this culminated in our SMB support becoming less and less useful as time went on.


RubySMB to the rescue

We on the Metasploit team knew something had to be done about our aging SMB code. We weighed several options including trying to clean up the existing code. In the end, we decided to create a new library from scratch. This new library would support both SMB1/CIFS as well as SMB2, and be designed with an eye to coming back and adding the even newer SMB3.


We are pleased to announce that, not only have we been working on this new RubySMB gem, but that we have hit the first milestone in its development. The RubySMB Gem can do full client authentication to a remote server. It can communicate over SMB1 or SMB2, and does multi-protocol negotiation so that it can find the correct dialect to speak invisibly to the user.  It handles Extended Security mode for the old SMB1, and can handle security signing for both versions of the protocol.


The gem has also been integrated into Metasploit Framework for the first time. We recently added a new version of the SMB Bruteforce, auxiliary/scanner/smb/smb2_login. This version of the SMB LoginScanner module behaves essentially like the original, except that it seamlessly handles both versions of the protocol, and security signing all without any user configuration. It currently does not support the admin privilege check, which is why it has not replaced the original smb_login module.


This represents Metasploit’s first steps into future proofing our support for the SMB Protocol family.


The Future of RubySMB

We still have a lot of work to do on the RubySMB project, and a lot of important milestones to hit. In the short term, we are shooting for the following goals:


  • In the Gem:
    • Support for Listing, Reading, and Writing Files
    • Support for named pipes
    • Simple SMB File Share Server
  • In Framework:
    • Converting smb_version information gathering module to use the new gem
    • Converting PSExec to use the new gem
    • Building in support for the simple file server that will allow modules to define resources on the server and set callbacks for when something requests those resources, much like how the Rex HTTPServer works today.
    • Look at adding SMB Named Pipe transports for Meterpreter payloads


In the longer term we have several other goals we hope to accomplish with this project:

  • Adding Support for SMB3
  • Adding SMB3 protocol level encryption (potential IDS/IPS evasion capabilities)
  • Begin work on a similar project for DCERPC to integrate with this gem


Creating protocol libraries at this level is not a simple or easy task, but the results will be rewarding for all members of the Metasploit Community. We will be able to not only update compatibility for our existing SMB-based features, but begin expanding those capabilities. If you are interested in joining in on this effort, please check out our starting wiki page for the project.


- David “thelightcosine” Maloney


Metasploit, [REDACTED] Edition

Posted by todb Employee Apr 1, 2017

Why should [REDACTED] have all the fun with spiffy codenames for their exploits? As of today, Metasploit is taking a page from [REDACTED], and equipping all Metasploit modules with equally fear-and-awe-inspiring codenames. Sure, there are catchy names for vulnerabilities -- we remember you fondly, Badblock -- but clearly, unique names for exploits is where the real action is at, especially when you're [REDACTED][REDACTED][REDACTED][REDACTED][REDACTED].


So, instead of running boring old 'exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi', now you can don your onyx tactleneck, and use CRISPYTRUFFLE like the international man of mystery that you are.


Need to scan for telnet banners? Sure, you could use 'auxiliary/scanner/telnet/telnet_version', like some kind of civilian, or you can be a shadowy puppetmaster and unleash the awesome power of HIDDENBOYFRIEND.


Or, maybe you're looking to deploy one of Metasploit's payloads as a standalone executable, given to your operative in the field. Once you've lost your tail and met your contact in a darkened, rain-slicked alley, you can hand off a USB key loaded up with VENGEFULPONY, and trust he'll do what it takes to get back across the border.


In order to enable these ultra-top-secret codenames, you'll need to run a fresh checkout of the development version of the Metasploit Framework. If you're on one of the binary versions of Metasploit, they'll be getting these codenames as well, so you can check if they're available by setting the environment variable DANGERZONE, like so:


$ DANGERZONE=1 ./msfconsole -q



msf exploit(ms08_067_netapi) >


So take a moment today, April 1st, to read yourself into [REDACTED] by visiting Make sure you're behind at least seven proxies when you do so, since [REDACTED] is probably watching.


Metasploit Wrapup

Posted by egypt Employee Mar 24, 2017

Faster, Meterpreter, KILL! KILL!

You can now search for and kill processes by name in Meterpreter with the new pgrep and pkill commands. They both have flags similar to the older ps command, allowing you to filter by architecture (-a), user (-u), or to show only child processes of the current session's process (-c). We've also added a -x flag to find processes with an exact match instead of a regex, if you're into that.


Fun with radiation


Craig Smith has been killing it lately with all his hardware exploitation techniques. Check out his post from earlier this week for details of his latest work on integrating radio reconaissance with Metasploit via the HWBridge, including crafting and examining radio frequency packets, brute force via amplitude modulation, and more!


Java web things


This update includes modules for two fun Java things: Struts2 and WebSphere.


Struts is a Java web application framework often deployed on Tomcat, but it can run on any of the various servlet containers out there. The bug is in an error handler. Basically, if the Content-Type header sent by the client is malformed, it will cause an exception and send a stack trace back to the client. As part of its rendering process, Struts will treat the value of the header as part of a template. Templates can contain Object-Graph Navigation Language (OGNL) expressions meaning we get full code execution as the user running the web process. The exploit for this drops a file and runs it so your shells can strut their stuff.


WebSphere is an application server manager. It is particularly interesting because it is often used to deploy code to clusters of application servers, which means popping one box can potentially give you code execution on dozens more.


You used to pwn me on my cell phone


While MMS messages aren't as common of a phishing vector as email, they can potentially be highly successful late at night when you need those shells. Now you can send SMS and MMS messages with Metasploit, using any SMTP server including GMail or Yahoo servers. Pair this with a malicious attachment such as the one generated by android/fileformat/adobe_reader_pdf_js_interface, or a link to the Stagefright browser exploit (android/browser/stagefright_mp4_tx3g_64bit), and get that holla back.


New Modules


Exploit modules (6 new)

Auxiliary and post modules (10 new)


Get it


As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from GitHub:


To install fresh, check out the open-source-only Nightly Installers, or the binary installers which also include the commercial editions.

Currently, phishing is seen as one of the largest infiltration points for businesses around the globe, but there is more to social engineering than just phishing. Attackers may use email and USB keys to deliver malicious files to users in the hopes of gaining access to an organization’s network. Users that are likely unaware that unsolicited files, such as a Microsoft Word document with a macro, may be malicious and can be a major risk to an organization. Metasploit Pro can assist in the education of employees about these attack vectors.


Metasploit Pro’s Social Engineering functionality is often used for its phishing capabilities, but it has other options - such as USB key drops and emailing of malicious files - that are able to obtain sessions on a target’s device. As part of an internal training engagement or penetration test, these features will give more insight into the organization’s defenses against social engineering attacks. This post will cover emailing malicious files utilizing the current Microsoft Word macro file format module.


To begin, start a new custom campaign and configure your email starting with the email header and target list, similar to a phishing campaign. For Attack Type, select Attach File, give the attachment a name and select File format exploit.


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Search for “macro” and select “Microsoft Office Word Malicious Macro Execution”. This will create a Microsoft Word document with a macro that will deliver a payload and open a shell back to Metasploit Pro. Configure your target settings (I’ll be using the OS X Python target for this example) and payload options. Then use the “BODY” field for the content of the Word document. (You can use plain text or xml formatted data, which will be injected between the <p> and </p> tags of the Word xml document.) And click OK.


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Click “NEXT” and format your email. Save your changes and configure your email server if you haven’t done so already.


Launch your campaign and the email(s) will be sent to all the members of your target list and a listener will be opened for the payload. The recipients will need to enable macros in order for the payload to launch. All those that enable the macro on the specified platform will have a shell that connects back to your Metasploit instance.


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Your campaign findings will list the number of targets, recipients that opened the email and number of sessions opened. If any sessions are opened, you’ll be able to interact with that session as you would any others via the Sessions page.


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And there you have it. Metasploit has successfully sent malicious files and opened sessions on remote targets via the Social Engineering feature without attempting a phish.


For more on the Microsoft Office Word Malicious Macro Execution module, see sinn3r’s post here: osoft-office-openoffice-with-metasploit-macro-exploits


Interested in learning more about Metasploit Pro’s phishing capabilities? Watch the video below to see how easy it is to build a phishing campaign targeting your users to test their ability to detect malicious emails:




The rise of the Internet of Things

We spend a lot of time monitoring our corporate networks. We have many tools to detect strange behaviors. We scan for vulnerabilities. We measure our exposure constantly. However, we often fail to recognize the small (and sometimes big) Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are all around our network, employees, and employees’ homes. Somewhat alarmingly – considering their pervasiveness — these devices aren’t always the easiest to test.


Though often difficult, it is technically possible to find and identify some of these IoT devices via their Ethernet side connection. But that doesn’t always give us a full picture of the risk these devices present to consumers or organizations. When assessing only Ethernet connected devices you can miss the wireless world that can have a major impact on the security of your organization. Wireless systems often control alarm systems, surveillance monitoring, door access, server room HVAC controls, and many other areas.


Which leaves us with one very critical question: how do you really determine the risk of these devices?


Let’s start with the basics:

  • What do these connected devices do?
  • What is the range of exposure of these devices?
  • Does the device have wireless capabilities?


Traditionally, we often perform perimeter scans of our 802.11 wireless networks to ensure our Access Points are secure and the network bleed isn’t too large. We can monitor these Access Points (APs) to create overlap in case one goes down or gets interference from a nearby kitchen microwave.


However, if you’re asking yourself, “but what about the rest of the wireless spectrum?” that’s exactly the position we found ourselves in.


Radio, radio, everywhere

Chances are your company and employees are already using many other radio frequencies (RFs) outside of the standard 802.11 network for various reasons. Perhaps you have a garage door with a wireless opener? Company vehicle key fobs? Not to mention RFID card readers, wireless security systems, Zigbee controlled lights, or HVAC systems.


What are the ranges for these devices? Are they encrypted or protected? What happens when they receive interference? Do they fail in a closed or open state?


The inability to effectively answer these questions (easily or even at all) is the very reason we are releasing the RFTransceiver extension for Metasploit’s Hardware Bridge, and why we think this will be a critical tool for security researchers and penetration testers in understanding the actual attack surface.


Now, security teams will be able to perform a much broader assessment of a company’s true security posture. They will be able to test physical security controls and better understand when foreign IoT and other devices are brought onto the premises.


Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Much of the activity undertaken in the name of security research can be contentious, divisive, or hard to understand. This is certainly true of RF testing, an area of research becoming both more prevalent and increasingly necessary as we see more and more technologies leveraging RF communications.


The most common criticism of any technology created for the purpose of security testing is that bad guys could use it to do bad things. The most common response from the security research community is that the bad guys are already doing bad things, and that it’s only when we understand what they’re doing, can effectively replicate it, and demonstrate the potential impact of attacks, that we can take the necessary steps to stop them. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.


This is the logic behind Metasploit, as well as what drives Rapid7’s extensive vulnerability research efforts. It is also the reasoning behind the RFTransceiver. We strongly believe that RF testing is an incredibly important – though currently often overlooked – component of vulnerability testing. We believe that failing to test the usage of radio frequency in products puts people and organizations at risk. We also believe the importance of RF testing will continue to escalate as the IoT ecosystem further expands.


To provide an example of this kind of testing, in 2016, Rapid7’s Jay Radcliffe disclosed vulnerabilities in Johnson & Johnson’s Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump. The popular pump has a blood glucose meter that serves as a remote control via radio frequency in a proprietary wireless management protocol. Communications between the pump and the remote control are sent in cleartext, rather than being encrypted. This creates an opportunity for an attacker with the right technical skills and resources, opportunity, and motive to spoof the Meter Remote and trigger unauthorized insulin injections.


While Jay considered the likelihood of an attacker exploiting these vulnerabilities in the wild to be quite low, it could seriously harm a patient using the technology. Fortunately, Jay’s research uncovered the problem and he was able to work with Johnson & Johnson to notify patients and advise them of ways to mitigate the risk. Without RF testing, these vulnerabilities would have continued to go unnoticed, and patients would not have the opportunity to make informed choices to protect themselves.


How it works

Just one quick author’s note before we get into the ‘how-to’ portion. Rapid7 does not sell the hardware required to perform RF testing. The required hardware can be found at any number of places, including Hacker Warehouse, Hak5, or any electronics store that carries software defined radios or RF transmitter hobbyist equipment.


With the RFTransceiver, security pros have the ability to craft and monitor different RF packets to properly identify and access a company’s wireless systems beyond Ethernet accessible technologies.


The first RFTransceiver release supports the TI cc11xx Low-Power Sub-1GHz RF Transceiver. The RFTransceiver extension makes it possible to tune your device to identify and demodulate signals. You can even create short bursts of interference to identify failure states. This release provides a full API that is compatible with the popular RfCat python framework for the TI cc11xx chipsets. If you have existing programs that use RfCat you should be able to port those into Metasploit without much difficulty. This release comes with two post modules: an Amplitude Modulation based brute forcer (rfpwnon) and a generic transmitter (transmitter).


How to use RFTransceiver

Using the new RFTransceiver extension requires the purchase of an RfCat-compatible device like the Yard Stick One. Then download the latest RfCat drivers, included with those drivers you will find rfcat_msfrelay. This is the Metasploit Framework relay server for RfCat. Run this on the system with the RfCat compatible device attached.


Then you can connect with the hardware bridge:

RFTranceiver Usage

$ ./msfconsole -q

msf > use auxiliary/client/hwbridge/connect

msf auxiliary(connect) > run


[*] Attempting to connect to

[*] Hardware bridge interface session 1 opened ( -> at 2017-02-16 20:04:57 -0600

[+] HWBridge session established

[*] HW Specialty: {"rftransceiver"=>true}  Capabilities: {"cc11xx"=>true}

[!] NOTICE:  You are about to leave the matrix.  All actions performed on this hardware bridge

[!]          could have real world consequences.  Use this module in a controlled testing

[!]          environment and with equipment you are authorized to perform testing on.

[*] Auxiliary module execution completed

msf auxiliary(connect) > sessions


Active sessions



  Id  Type                   Information    Connection

  --  ----                   -----------    ----------

  1   hwbridge cmd/hardware  rftransceiver -> (


msf auxiliary(connect) > sessions -i 1

[*] Starting interaction with 1...


hwbridge > status

[*] Operational: Yes


[*] FW Version: 450

[*] HW Version: 0348


To learn more about the RFTransceiver, you can download the latest Metasploit here:

Spend the summer with Metasploit


I'm proud to announce that the Metasploit Project has been accepted as a mentor organization in the Google Summer of Code! For those unfamiliar with the program, their about page sums it up nicely:

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. Students work on a 3 month programming project with an open source organization during their break from university.


This is an amazing program that helps remove the financial barriers of contributing to Open Source. Basically how it works is you (a university student) work on an Open Source project over the summer (12 weeks) with a mentor who has experience working on that project. As long as you keep at it and hit your milestones, Google gives you money along the way based on performance. Pay your rent, stock the fridge, get coffee, whatever.


Open Source is the heart of the Metasploit community, but it's more than that to me. It's the means by which we, as programmers, can help improve the world a little bit at a time. We all stand on the shoulders of giants, building greater things because others before us have built great things. Like many OSS contributors, I personally started contributing to an Open Source project because it allowed me to get my work done more efficiently. By working together on Open Source, we can help others get their work done too, and enable them to build greater things. By working on Metasploit in particular, you will be helping to democratize offensive security, improving the world by giving everyone access to the same techniques that bad guys use, so they can be better understood and mitigated.


If Metasploit is not where your heart lies, I encourage you to consider contributing to one of the other GSoC security projects.


We have a list of project ideas that will have you writing some awesome code for great justice. Most everything requires at least a little Ruby, but if you're more comfortable in C or Python, there are options for you as well. Whatever you choose, I'm super excited to see what you will accomplish.


Important dates to know:

  • Student Application Period - March 20, 2017 - April 3, 2017
  • Student Projects Announced - May 4, 2017


If you are interested in participating, you should definitely check out the rest of the GSoC timeline. You will need to apply to us and also through GSoC's application page when it goes live next week on March 20th.


So please come work with us. Be the shoulders others can stand on.

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