Bypassing Windows Attachment Manager

Starting with Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft introduced the “Windows Attachment Manager”. This feature will “block” certain file types from being executed after downloading over the Internet. “If the attachment is in the list of high risk file types and is from the restricted zone, Windows blocks the user from accessing the file. If […]

Phishing Against Bromium

The purpose of this post is to re-iterate that no single solution should be relied upon as a one-stop solution against all attackers. I respect the advances Bromium has made in security however, a defense-in-depth approach should always be taken regarding enterprise security. Note: This information represents a snapshot in time. The Bromium suite has […]

Interacting with MacOS terminal windows for lateral movement

Recently, I had a situation where the possibility of manipulating a MacOS terminal window through Empire might lead to lateral movement to a restricted area. Typically, I may “backdoor” an ssh configuration file as described here in order to “ride” an ssh connection to a high-value target. Sometimes, this may not be possible if time does […]

Redirecting Cobalt Strike DNS Beacons

While conducting a Red Team assessment, many factors come into play that result in success or failure of the operation. One such factor is keeping your Command and Control (C2) infrastructure hidden from the opposing (Blue) team. If your C2 is found and blocked, that may be the end of your assessment. At least, it’ll […]

EmPyre:Engaging Active Directory

This post is part of the ‘EmPyre Series’ with some background and an ongoing list of series posts [kept here]. This post will cover utilizing EmPyre to enumerate and engage Active Directory services. We’ll cover how to find the domain controller, enumerate users and groups, and inject Kerberos tickets into our session. EmPyre provides modules to […]

Bug Hunt: Out of Band Resource Loading

On a recent bug hunt targeting *, I found a small flaw in one of their external-facing web servers. While enumerating publicly available web servers belonging to Adobe, I found a web application labeled “Target DB Browser”. This interface looked to be a front-end application to query a database. Unfortunately, every query I performed resulted […]

Operating with EmPyre

If you’re reading this post, I sincerely hope you’ve already started with reading @harmj0y’s first blog post about EmPyre located here: This post is second in what will be a great series to help user’s understand and operate using EmPyre. Let’s get started! Operating in an OS X environment may seem like a daunting task. […]

Exploiting JBoss with Empire and PowerShell

When Empire was initially launched by @harmj0y and @sixdub at BSidesLV, I was immediately excited about the possibilities that a pure PowerShell RAT would bring to the offensive community. With what little free time I have, I’ve been working to add a few modules that have been inspired by recent engagements I’ve been on. This […]

Leveraging Adobe LiveCycle

Adobe LiveCycle is an enterprise document and form platform that is being widely adopted by businesses and government agencies who are looking to centralize processes and document management capabilities. As with many web-based applications that connect to back-end systems, this provides additional attack surface that may be leveraged to gain a foothold into the target […]


Powershell tools have become a must-have for security professionals in recent years. A few notable tools to mention are PowerSploit, Veil-PowerView, PowerUp and Nishang among others. These tools have each provided value to the Penetration Tester’s arsenal but, they require the tester to utilize some manual practices to employ them on target systems. It is […]