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Why You Should Implement a Banned Password List

The ntds.dit file from a domain controller contains all password hashes of the domain. In a company with employees around the globe we were allowed to analyze the hashes. Here are the results, and the reason why you should implement a banned password list.

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No Passwords More Problems

Passwordless products promise greater security and convenience by allowing users to log in to Windows systems with only their smartphone. But what is going on behind the scenes and how could a domain’s security stance be worsened by such a solution? In this post I will explain how these products are implemented and detail the vulnerabilities and weaknesses discovered in three tested products.

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BloodHound Inner Workings & Limitations – Part 3: Session Enumeration Through Remote Registry & Summary

BloodHound is the way to go to for finding attack paths in an Active Directory (AD) environment. However, it is not always clear how the data is gathered without looking at the code of SharpHound, the data ingestor for BloodHound. Microsoft hardened their systems over time through updates, which makes enumeration of Active Directory (AD) […]

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BloodHound Inner Workings & Limitations – Part 2: Session Enumeration Through NetWkstaUserEnum & NetSessionEnum

BloodHound is the way to go to for finding attack paths in an Active Directory (AD) environment. However, it is not always clear how the data is gathered without looking at the code of SharpHound, the data ingestor for BloodHound. Microsoft hardened their systems over time through updates, which makes enumeration of Active Directory (AD) […]

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BloodHound Inner Workings & Limitations – Part 1: User Rights Enumeration Through SAMR & GPOLocalGroup

BloodHound is the way to go to for finding attack paths in an Active Directory (AD) environment. However, it is not always clear how the data is gathered without looking at the code of SharpHound, the data ingestor for BloodHound. Microsoft hardened their systems over time through updates, which makes enumeration of Active Directory (AD) […]

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VPN Appliance Forensics

During a DFIR (Digital Forensics and Incident Response) Case, we encountered an ESXi Hypervisor that was encrypted by the Ransomware LockBit 2.0. Suspicious SSH logons on the Hypervisor originated from an End-of-Life VPN Appliance (SonicWall SRA 4600). It turns out, this was the initial entry point for the Ransomware attack. Follow us into the forensics […]

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Weekly penetration tests for agile software – Does it work well?

Agile software development models have become the de-facto standard. They are taught at universities and implemented in practice as far as possible. Anyone who doesn’t develop software using agile processes is on the verge, and already tilting towards that. At least that is how it seems. Consequently, the question is not whether the integration of […]

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A Years Worth of Active Directory Privilege Escalation

The end of the year is a good time to sit back and reflect for a moment on the past year. So let us take a look at the ten most common ways how I got Domain Admin privileges in our Active Directory penetration tests in 2021.

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Swiss Cyber Storm 2021 Wrap Up

On October 12th the Swiss Cyber Storm conference took place in the Kursaal in Bern. Several Compass analysts attended the conference, our security analyst Yves Bieri held a talk and we also had a booth. The conference was great fun, finally a in-person conference with many interesting talks. This blog post wraps up some talks we attended.

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Docker Forensics

Sometimes one goes deep down the rabbit hole, only to notice later that what we were looking for is just under one’s nose.

This is the story of a digital forensic analysis on a Linux system running docker containers. Our customer was informed by a network provider that one of his system was actively attacking other systems on the Internet. The system responsible for the attacks was identified and shut down.

Our DFIR hotline responded to the call and we were provided with a disk image (VMDK) to perform a digital forensic analysis.

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