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Hello aspiring hackers. Welcome back. Previously we have seen how to exploit vulnerabilities in C&C servers of some popular malware like Darkcomet and PoisonIvy RATs. Today we will see how to exploit a vulnerability in another popular RAT named GhostRAT and hack a system.

Gh0st RAT is a remote access trojan designed for the Windows platform which was used by operators of GhostNet to hack into some of the most sensitive computer networks. It is actually a cyber spying computer program. Every RAT has a command & control server also called controller.

This module exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Gh0st Controller when handling a drive list as received by a victim. This vulnerability allows a hacker to execute remote code on the target machine.

Its highly unlikely that you will find a system with Gh0stRAT command and control server installed during a pentest, but we can’t say anything. So imagine a scenario where I am port scanning a network for systems with port 80 open and find this machine.

Then I perform a verbose scan on this machine to know what exactly is running on port 80 and I get this.

In the ensuing research I find out that this is a GhostRAT Command and Control Server and there is a Metasploit module for this RAT. I am not yet sure if my target is running the vulnerable version of this RAT. So I fire up Metasploit and search for the module as shown below.

I load the exploit and check its options as shown below.

I set the target IP and use the “check” command to see if our target is vulnerable to this exploit. The target appears to be vulnerable. I execute the exploit using the “run” command and voila, I get a meterpreter session successfully as shown below.


I check the privileges and system information using “getuid” and “sysinfo” commands respectively.

Hello aspiring hackers. Today we will learn about Windows applications enumeration exploit. This is a POST exploit in Metasploit which means this exploit is only available when we get a meterpreter session on the target system. Once a Windows system is hacked, privilege escalation is the next step. One of the ways to escalate privileges in a Windows system would be to find vulnerabilities in the programs installed in our target Windows system. We can do this manually but Metasploit has a post module to do exactly this. Let us see how to use it.

Send the current meterpreter session to background and load the enum_applications module as shown below. Just like any other POST module, it needs only one option, the session id of the meterpreter session we just sent to background.

Set the session Id and execute the module as shown below.

As you can see, the module successfully gave us the programs installed on our victim’s system. Now we can search for any vulnerabilities in those programs which we could be used in privilege escalation

Hello aspiring hackers. Today we are going to learn about a remote code execution exploit in Microsoft Windows. Its called Microsoft Windows Lnk CVE_2017_8464_lnk_rce exploit. Earlier also we have seen some LNK vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows but this one is special. You know why? A victim need not even click on the file we are creating as part of this exploit. We can host this file on a web server and direct our victim to that site. Otherwise we can save the file to a USB drive and insert it in our target’s system. Both require a bit of social engineering.

This exploit works due to a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Let us see how this exploit works.

Load the exploit as shown below and check the options it requires. using “show options” command.

Type command “info” to see more information about the module.

Set the windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp payload and configure its options as shown below.

Set the LHOST address and run the exploit. It will create a file in the folder as shown below.

Now send the file to our victim using any one of the methods discussed above. We will get a meterpreter session as shown below.

If the exploit got interrupted as shown below, type command “sessions -l” to see the available meterpreter sessions as shown below.


Easy Chat Server is a Windows based software useful to set up a simple chat server. It is considered the simplest solution to set up a community chat room for a group or company. It is considered the simplest because it doesn’t require any other installation like Java. The latest version of Easy Chat server suffers from a buffer overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability is triggered during user registration to the easy chat server. Let’s see how we can exploit this vulnerability. During a pen test, while scanning the network, I happen to find a live system with open ports. Most important of this is that port 80 is open. Port 80 signifies a web server is running.

I decide to take a closer look at the system by running a verbose scan as shown below.

On port 80, a program called Easy Chat Server is running. I check Metasploit to find any exploits related to it. I found one related to versions 2.0 to 3.1 of Easy Chat Server. I am not sure of the version my target system is running. I load the exploit and check its options.

I set the target IP and use the “check” command to see if this exploit will work but unfortunately this exploit doesn’t support check command. I decide to take my chances and execute the exploit using the “run” command.

Voila, I got the meterpreter session on our target.


Vulnerability Assessment is the process of evaluating the weakness of a system or network. It identifies the vulnerabilities in a system or network and helps black hats to devise exploits to get access to a target system or network. For example, imagine I am a black hat who performed a Nmap scan on the target (in this case, Metasploitable). The target has displayed so many banners of the services running.

So the first thing I do is perform a Google search for any exploit or vulnerability for the service displayed. Luckily in the example below, we get an exploit for the aforementioned version o -f ftp server and that happens to be a Metasploit exploit. The only thing hacker has to do is download the exploit and run it.

Here’s another example for another service. Here we have vulnerabilities listed. So we have to write an exploit for that vulnerability.

Displayed banners are like a godsend to hackers who are trying to breach the system or net -work. Searching for vulnerabilities or exploits for that particular service is the only thing hackers have to do. If the hackers are lucky, they might get an exploit or in the worst case a vulnerability. But what do black hats do if they don’t get any vulnerability or exploit for the service running on the target. Will they give up?. Well most probably no. If the service is running a open source version, they will download it and test it for vulnerabilities on their own system. Well if the service is running a commercial version, they will try to grab a pirated version of the software to test it. Once they are successful in finding a vulnerability, they will write an exploit for it. Python, Ruby, C and C++ are some of the common programming languages used to write an exploit.

Hello aspiring hackers. You all know about the meterpreter payload. It is an advanced dynamically extensible payload of Metasploit. Meterpreter architecture migration exploit is a “post” exploit used to migrate from one architecture to another architecture. What is architecture? As we all know there are two main system architectures 32bit and 64bit.

Sometimes we happen to run our exploit from a 32bit machine to hack a 64bit machine or run our exploit from a 64bit machine to hack a 32bit machine. The meterpreter payload spawns a process according to the architecture of the attacking system. If the attacking system is 32bit, the meterpreter process is 32bit and if the attacking system is 64bit the meterpreter process is 64bit.

Sometimes there may be compatibility issues if we get a 32bit meterpreter session on a 64bit machine and vice versa. This is the exact reason why this module has been introduced. For example, in our previous howto, we hacked a 64bit machine from a 32bit Kali Linux. So we have a 32bit meterpreter session on a 64bit target system. To overcome the problems of incompatibility, we need to start a 64bit meterpreter session.

It is exactly in cases like these, this module comes handy. This module checks if the architecture of meterpreter is as same as the architecture of OS and if it is not, spawns a new process with the correct architecture and migrates into that process. Let’s see how this module works.

To use this module, we need to background the current session using command “background”. Then load the exploit as shown below. Type command “show options” to have a look at the options it requires.

We need to only set the session id of the meterpreter session we just sent to background and the exploit is good to go.

If you see in the above image, our exploit failed to run for the first time. This is because in the previous session we had system privileges and if we run this module we may lose the system privileges. But don’t worry we can change the options to overcome this problem.

Set “ignore_system” option to true and you should be fine to go. This time the exploit ran successfully. As you can see in the above image, our target is a 64bit machine and our meterpreter migrated to a 64bit process successfully. Lets check by typing command “session s -l” to see the available sessions. You can see we have a 64bit meterpreter now. Job performed.

Hello aspiring hackers. Today we will learn about an exploit to hack a Serviio media server. This exploit works on Serviio Media Server from versions 1.4.0 to 1.8.0 (1.8 is the present version, by the way). Serviio media server is a free media server which allows users to stream media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices like a TV set, Bluray player, gaming console or mobile phone on your connected home network. It is used by a number of organizations.

This media server has a console component which runs on port 23423 by default. This module exploits an unauthenticated remote command execution vulnerability in this console component. This is possible because the console service exposes a REST API whose endpoint does not sanitize user-supplied data in the ‘VIDEO’ parameter of the ‘checkStreamUrl’ method. This parameter is used in a call to cmd.exe which results in execution of arbitrary commands. Now let’s see how this exploit works.

So imagine a hacker while port scanning a specific port on multiple machines as shown below gets one positive result.

On performing a  verbose scan with OS detection enabled to probe further, it is indeed clear that a Serviio Media Server is running on this specific port and our target OS is Windows, so we can use our exploit.

Start Metasploit and load the module as shown below.

He sets the target IP and checks if the target is vulnerable (Remember we know the target is using Serviio Media server but have no idea if it is a vulnerable version).

Once the “check” command confirms that the target is vulnerable,  the other required options are set and the module is executed with “run” command. We directly get a meterpreter session with system privileges on our target.


The exploit only works when the console of serviio media server is enabled. Just disable it to stay safe.

Hello aspiring hackers. Today we will see an exploit  which helps us in Windows 10 Privilege escalation. Till now, there was no exploit for privilege escalation in Windows 10. Recently we got one. This module will bypass Windows 10 UAC by hijacking a special key in the Registry under the current user hive and inserting a custom command that will get invoked when the Windows fodhelper.exe application is launched.

Once the UAC flag is turned off, this module will spawn a second shell with system privileges. This module modifies a registry key, but cleans up the key once the payload has been invoked. The module does not require the architecture of the payload to match the OS.

Imagine we have a scenario where we got meterpreter access to a Windows 10 system ( See how to hack Windows 10 with Hercules and see how to hack Windows 10 with hta exploit).

To use the fodhelper module to escalate privileges, we need to background the current session.

Search for fodhelper module using the search command.

Load the module and set the session ID as shown below.

Run the module as shown below.

As you can see, we successfully got a meterpreter session. When I check privileges, its still user privileges but when I run “getsystem” command, I get system privileges on Windows 10.

Happy HAcking.


Microsoft had already released patches. Just make sure your system is updated.

Password cracking plays a very important role in hacking. We are not always lucky to get credentials during enumeration. There are two types of password cracking.

  1. Online password cracking
  2. Offline password cracking

In this tutorial we will learn about online password cracking. There are many techniques used in online password cracking. Some of them are,

Dictionary Attack: Dictionary password attack is a password cracking attack where each word in a dictionary (or a file having a lot of words) is tried as password until access is gained. This method will be successful when simple passwords are set. By simple, I mean common passwords which can be found in a dictionary like password, iloveyou etc. This type of attack consumes less time but is not bound to be successful always especially if the password is not present in the dictionary.

Brute force Attack: Brute Force attack is a password cracking attack similar to dictionary attack. The only differ ence is in this attack, each and every possible combination is tried until the password is successfully cracked. For example, if there are two words say “abc” and “123” in a wordlist, other combinations like “abc1”, “abc2” and “abc3” a re also tried. Brute force attack will definitely succeed even if it means it will take years to do that.

Hybrid Attack: As the name suggests, it uses a combination of both dictionary and brute force password attacks to crack the password.

Rainbow Table Attack: Rainbow Table password cracking technique uses pre -computed hashes to crack the encrypted hashes.

Kali Linux has various tools in its arsenal for both online and offline password cracking. Some of the online password cracking tools are Acccheck, John The Ripper, Hydra and Medusa etc.

We have already seen the working of the tool Accheck during SMB enumeration. In this tutorial, we will see how to crack passwords with a tool called Hydra. THC-Hydra is a password cracker which uses brute forcing to crack the passwords of remote authentication services. It can perform rapid dictionary attacks against more than 50 protocols, including telnet, ftp, http, https, smb , several databases and much more.

On our target Metasploitable2, we have many services which allow remote authentication like telnet, ftp and SSH. We also have rlogin available. We will use Hydra on one of these services. Hydra can be accessed from the applications menu of Kali Linux. It is available both in GUI and command line utility. For this tutorial, I’m using the graphical one.

Once opened, Hydra will look like shown below.

Change the target IP to that of Metasploitable’ s IP.There are many protocols to choose from Here I am choosing ftp. Change the port to 21 as ftp is running on port 21. I selected options “Be Verbose” and “show attampts” to see the cracking process.

Click on “passwords” tab. We can give a single username and password or a file containing a number of usernames and passwords. Here I am giving the same dictionary or wordlist for both username and password. This dictionary is big.txt. I selected the options “Try Login as password” , “Try empty password” and “Try reverse login”. These options are self explanatory.

The tuning tab is used to configure proxy and number of simultaneous tries. I left it as default.

I left even “specific” tab to default. When all the settings are set, go to “Start” tab. To start the attack, click on “Start” button.

The attack is displayed as shown below.

The time of the attack depends on the number of words present in the dictionary or the wordlist we specified. The password is cracked if the phrase is present in the dictionary. If the password is not there in the wordlist, we need to use another dictionary. The big.txt dictionary I used failed to crack the password. So I used another wordlist we made during enumeration “pass.txt”. After some time, Hydra found three valid passwords.

Scroll up to see what are those passwords.

Apart from Hydra, Kali Linux also has command line tools to use for password cracking. One such tool is Medusa. Open a terminal and type medusa to see the options of that tool. Below is the command in medusa to crack ftp using a wordlist.

Once medusa cracks a password, it will be sh own as below. Once again we got three credentials we found also with Hydra.

We have used the same dictionary in both methods, but where do we find this dictionary or wordlist. Most wordlists of Kali Linux are present in /usr/share directory. Given below are different dictionaries in the “wordlists” folder.

These wordlists are named accordingly. For example, “common.txt” contains most common passwords used by users. But what if none of the dictionaries are helpless in cracking the password. Kali Linux also has tools to create our own dictionary or wordlist. Crunch is one such tool. The syntax is given below.

Here’s an example of how to create a wordlist with crunch.

We can also save the wordlist to a  file as shown below.


We have performed two types of enumeration till now. Before we perform further enumeration, let us see whether these credentials we acquired can help us in gaining access to the remote system. When we performed a scan with Nmap during scanning and enumeration stage, we have seen that ports 21,22,23 are open and running FTP, Telnet and SSH services respectively.


FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. As the name implies, it is used to share or transfer files. This service runs on port 21 by default. Although not quite popular now, it was the most popular way of sharing files in yesteryears. It was quite popular as torrents now, only that FTP is a client-server architecture. Since FTP is used for sharing files, it has a option to enable anonymous downloads. Anonymous download is a type of download where anyone can download the file by logging in with the username of “anonymous” and password as anything. But it a was courtesy to give your email address as password in those days. Enabling anonymous account on FTP server is considered a high security risk especially if the account given not only read but also write permissions. Another disadvantage with FTP is that it uses clear text authentication. So if any hacker is sniffing on your LAN, he can see the username and password in plain text. Ok, Since our target is running FTP service, let us first check if anonymous account is enabled on the server.We can connect to FTP server through terminal by using commad “ftp target address” as shown below.

I try to login with the anonymous account with anonymous as the password and the login is successful. Good, anonymous account is enabled on the target. It’s time to check the permissions given to anonymous user.

I type command “pwd” to see the current ftp directory. It’s root directory. Next I use “put” command to upload a random file to the FTP server. As you can see in the above image, file could not be created. So anonymous account has only “read” permissions. Enabling write permissions to the anonymous account may result in propagation of malware, pirated software etc. So anonymous account is secure in this case. Next I decided to try the credentials I got during enumeration. I decided to try with “msfadmin” first. Login successful. I first checked the contents of the ftp directory. It seems this account has admin rights on the FTP server.

I once again try to upload the “shell.php” into the FTP directory. This time it’s successful.

Now I can upload any malicious file to the server and can use it for any nefarious purpose. or propagation.


Telnet is a network protocol used to remotely administer a system. It is bi-directional and interactive communication protocol.Using telnet we can remotely communicate with a system far away. It runs on port 23. We can coonect to a telnet server from terminal just as we connected to a FTP server using command “telnet IP address”. Anyone who successfully logs into telnet will get a shell on the remote system. When I connected to the telnet server of our target system, I didn’t even need any enumeration as the username and password were displayed in the banner.

When I logged in with the credentials msfadmin/msfadmin, as you can see in the below image, I got a normal shell.

Although getting a shell on a remote system is good, we can perform limited operations with this type of shells. But don’t worry, we can get a meterpreter session on the remote system with the help of Metasploit, of course by exploiting telnet.

Start Metasploit and load the telnet module as shown below. Set all the options we need and execute the module by typing command “run”.

You can see that we successfully got a shell just like before. Type command “sessions” to display the sessions we have.

Metasploit provides a wonderful option to upgrade a command shell to meterpreter shell. Load the following post module and the set the session id as that of telnet shell. Run the module.

As you can see in the above image, we successfully got a meterpreter session on the metasploitable system. We can see all the sessions we have using command “sessions”.

We can interact with the session we want by using command “sessions -i id” where id is the session id number. We will see more about meterpreter in our later issues. For the first time, we gained access to the metasploitable system, although with limited privileges.


SSH stands for a secure shell. It was designed as a replacement for telnet and intended to be secure unlike telnet. SSH is a cryptographic network protocol which encrypts the data during remote communication. Thus it provides security and authentication also takes in encrypted format. Thus even if any hacker is sniffing on the local LAN, he still can’t any SSh credentials. SSH by default runs on port 22. Just like it has a telnet module, Metasploit also has a SSH login module. We will use the same credentials msfadmin/msfadmin to login. Load the SSH login module as shown below and configure required options.

Once all the options are set, run the module as shown below.

We have a successful login. Same as above, we can use “sessions” command to view the available sessions. We can also upgrade this SSH shell to meterpreter just as we did in the case of telnet. That was about how to hack telnet, ftp and SSH.

What We Achieved:

Using the details we gathered during enumeration, we have hacked some serrvices on the Metasploitable system. We have also gained shell and meterpreter session on the system.