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Good afternoon friends. Recently we have seen about windows hacking with Arcanus framework. Today we will learn about another payload generator that helps us in bypassing antivirus ( till date) during pentest of Windows machines. That is Hercules framework.

Let’s start by cloning Hercules framework from github as shown below.

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After cloning, a new directory with name HERCULES will be created. Move into that directory and do a “ls”. We should see a file named “Setup”. First change the permissions of this file using chmod as shown below. Once we get execute permissions on the Setup file, execute the file using command “./Setup“.

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The setup automatically installs Hercules as shown below and

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successfully ends as shown below. You have successfully installed Hercules framework in Kali Linux.

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Type command “HERCULES” to start the framework. It’s interface looks like below. In this part, let’s generate a payload. Enter option “1”.

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Select what type of payload you want to create. There are four payloads as shown below. I am choosing the first one. You can choose appropriately.

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After we select the type of payload we want to create, we need to enter some options. Let us see the options it provides. LHOST and LPORT are self explanatory.  Choosing Persistence function adds our running binary to Windows startup registry so that we can have persistent access to the target.  Since we have already know how to create a persistent backdoor we will not enable it here.

Migration function triggers a loop that tries to migrate to a remote process. UPX ( Ultimate Packer for executables ) is an open source executable packer. To those newbies who have no idea what packers are, they are used to compress the executables. Software vendors also use them to obfuscate the code. We will see more about packers in our future howtos.

Concerning this howto, remember that enabling migration, persistence and UPX functions may increase the chances of your payload being detected by Antivirus.

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Here I have only enabled the UPX function so the packing process begins as shown below.

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Once the packing process is over, your final binary file is stored with the name you have given to it. I named it as “res”.

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Next start the listener on Metasploit as shown below and send the  binary file to our target. Once he clicks on our executable file, we will get the meterpreter session as shown below.

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In our part2 of this howto, we will see how to bind our payload to other executables.

WARNING: This post is for education purpose only. Misuse this post at your own  risk.

Hello aspiring hackers. Today we will learn how to do Windows hacking with Arcanus Framework. Arcanus is a customized payload generator that can generate payloads which are undetectable by almost all of the antiviruses (till date ). This could be very useful in penetration testing.

Today we will see how to get a shell on a remote Windows system with this tool. Before we do anything, we need to install golang. Install Golang and then clone the Arcanus git as shown below.

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Navigate to the ARCANUS directory created and view its contents. We should see a file ARCANUS_x86. We will generate a x_86 payload. First change its permissions as shown below.

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Next run this file. You should see an ARCANUS logo as shown below.

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You will see five options as shown below. Since we are about to hack windows, we will generate a windows payload by choosing option 2.

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It will prompt you for the attacker IP address ( in our case the address of Kali Linux ) and a port on which you to listen for the reverse shell. Enter the values and hit “Enter”.

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It will generate the payload and automatically start a listener as shown below.

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The payload will be generated with the name “payload.exe” as shown below in the ARCANUS directory.

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Next we need to send this payload to the victim. When the victim clicks on the payload we sent, we will get a shell of the victim as shown below. Happy hacking.

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Good morning aspiring hackers. Today we will see Windows hacking with Cypher. Cypher is a simple tool to automatically add shellcode to PE files. PE files means portable executable files.

But what is shellcode? It is a list of carefully crafted instructions that can be executed once the code is injected into a running application. So in simple terms, Cypher allows us to add shellcode to portable executable files like…. well it can be any Windows executable. Usually we use shellcode to get a remote shell or create a backdoor shell on our target system.  Cypher even allows us to get the powerful meterpreter shell.

Now let us see how to perform Windows hacking with this tool. First, let us git clone this tool into Kali Linux using commands as shown below.

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Make sure you are in the same directory where cypher is cloned. It gives information on how to create different types of payloads. Let us add a reverse meterpreter shell  using the command shown below.

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Now let us see all the options we specified.

addShell.py  : syntax of Cypher

-f                   :  the ‘f’ option stands for file. This is to specify the portable executable into which we want to create our                            backdoor. Remember that some executables are packed and don’t allow writing shell code. Test and                                use accordingly. Here, I’m using plink.exe located on my Desktop.

-t                   : the target OS for which you want to create this backdoor for. These include four options: 0,1,2,3. These                           are for Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7  64 bit, Windows 8.1 64bit and Windows 10 64bit respectively.                                 Here I have specified it as 1 since I’m testing it on Windows 7 64bit OS.

-d                  : offset. This is nothing but distance between the point where we are trying to enter our shellcode to the                           point where we are exactly placing our shellcode. Even if you don’t understand that sentence above, let                           me tell you why it’s important. The success of injecting our shellcode into an executable is that the                                   executable should work fine even after we inject our backdoor. The exe shouldn’t crash. By default, this                           value is set to four. But if your exe is crashing, set it to a greater value( I set it to 10) as I did above.

-H                : attacker’s IP address. In our case, IP address of Kali Linux.

-P                 : the port on which we want our shell back.

-p                 : Mind the lowercase. This stands for payload we want to set. ‘1’ stands for                                                                                  Windows/meterpreter/reverse_http.  The other options are,  

                        0 – windows/shell/reverse_tcp, 2- Windows/meterpreter/reverse_http + PrependMigrate,                                                3-  Windows/meterpreter/reverse_https, 4- Windows/meterpreter/reverse_https + PrependMigrate

After setting all the options, hit on Enter. The payload will be created with the same name but end with _evil as shown below. I leave sending the package to our intended victim to you but remember almost every antivirus can detect our file as malicious.

Since my blog is committed to make hacking as close to reality as possible, I have a solution. Google for “making Finfisher undetectable”. Open the first link Google search finds and follow some of the steps shown there. Trust me this works. Now send the package to the victim.

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Now to listen to our reverse shell, we need a listener. Open Metasploit and create a reverse_http listener as shown below.

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Set the required options like IP address and port. Note that they should be same as we specified while we added shell code to the file. Type run command. The exploit should hang on as shown below.

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Now when our victim clicks on the file we sent, we should get a meterpreter reverse shell as shown below.

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See how to hack Windows 10 with Hercules