Last updated at Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:29:26 GMT

Time for your monthly dose of Metasploit exploit trends! Each month we gather this list of the most searched exploit and auxiliary modules from the Metasploit database. To protect users' privacy, the statistics come from analyzing webserver logs of searches, not from monitoring Metasploit usage.

October was a quiet month for exploit headlines, so not a whole lot of action on the list. The high traffic to Java and IE modules from their respective 0-days settled down, so you'll see some shuffling of order from that. Check out October's exploit and auxiliary modules below, annotated with Tod Beardsley's commentary.

1. Microsoft Server Service Relative Path Stack Corruption (CVE-2008-4250, MSB-MS08-067): A four year old vulnerability that tends to give the most reliable shells on Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP. It's also got a great pile of language pack targets. All of Metasploit's exploits provide US English targeted shellcode, a few might provide Chinese, Spanish, French, or other popular languages; this one has targets in pretty much every language you've ever heard of. This exploit is also not ancient, so it's reasonable to expect to find some unpatched systems in a medium to large enterprise vulnerable to it. More on this topic at Microsoft's Security TechCenter. Up three places from #4 last month.

2. MS12-020 Microsoft Remote Desktop Use-After-Free DoS (CVE-2012-0002, MSB-MS12-020): This is the 2012 RDP Bug, where it was implied -- but never proven in public -- that a pre-auth bug in RDP can allow for remote code execution. This is likely the most popular module we have due to both recency bias and because there was an unusual level of spontaneous organization of the Metasploit developer community to search for the correct path to remote code execution. So far, nobody's gotten RCE yet (in public), but the Metasploit module provides the most clues. More on this topic in an article on ZD Net. Up three places from #5 last month.

3.  Java 7 Applet Remote Code Execution: Over a fateful weekend in August, Metasploit exploit devs Wei "sinn3r" Chen, Juan Vazquez, and contributor Josh "jduck" Drake got together on IRC and put together a Metasploit module to take advantage of the vulnerability reported privately to Oracle by Adam Gowdiak and James Forshow. Here's the twist: Nobody at the time knew about Adam's or James's private disclosure to Oracle -- this bug was instead spotted in the wild way before Oracle was planning to release their fix. So, we started the week with a new Java 0-day, and by the end of the week, after much speculation, Oracle did the right thing and accelerated their patch schedule. Interesting times, to say the least. Down one place from #2 last month.

4.  Microsoft RPC DCOM Interface Overflow (CVE-2003-0352, MSB-MS03-026): A nine year old vulnerability that used to be the de-facto standard exploit for Windows machines - this is the RPC DCom bug, and it affects ancient NT machines. It was most notable in that it was used by the Blaster and Nachi worms to transit networks. It's now pretty much a case study in stack buffer overflows in Windows, so it's got a lot of historical value. If memory serves, this was the most reliable exploit in Metasploit v2. More info on that at Windows IT Pro. Up two places from #6 last month.

5. MS12-063 Microsoft Internet Explorer execCommand Use-After-Free Vulnerability: This bug started off with Eric Romang's blog post and ended up with a module being cooked up over a weekend by Eric, @binjo, and the Metasploit exploit dev team. This event, like the Java 0-day, had the net effect of speeding up the vendor's patch schedule. If there was no public, open exploit, would there have been a patch so rapidly? Was it connected with Java 0-day? Who's the primary source for these critical client-side bugs, anyway? These and other questions are still being speculated on and debated in the security industry and security press. Down two places from #3 last month.

6. Microsoft Windows Authenticated User Code Execution (CVE-1999-0504): The PSExec module is a utility module -- given an SMB username and password with sufficient privileges on the target machine, the user can get a shell. It's not sexy, but it's super handy for testing payloads and setup. I'd bet it's the most-used module in classroom and test environments. More on this topic in at the National Vulnerability Database. Up two places from #8 last month.

7. Microsoft Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 SMB Client Infinite Loop: Not sure why this module is still popular -- it's a client side DoS. Historically, it's a neat DoS, since it demos a bug in Windows 7's kernel, but all the module does is crash Windows 7 clients after you get a user to connect to you. Up three places from #10 last month.

8. Microsoft Server Service NetpwPathCanonicalize Overflow (CVE-2006-3439, MSB-MS06-040): A six year old vulnerability that's notable in that there's no official patch from Microsoft for this on Windows NT 4.0. This was discovered after NT went end-of-life, so if you need remote root on an NT machine (and there are still plenty out there), this is going to be your first choice. More on this topic in at Microsoft's Security TechCenter. Down one place from #7 last month.

9. PHP CGI Argument Injection: This exploits CVE-2012-1823, a vulnerability in the way PHP-CGI handles parameters passed on GET requests. The vulnerability was discovered during a capture-the-flag exercise at NullCon in January 2012, and the bug's life cycle is pretty thoroughly documented over at De Eindbazen. Here's the short story: this bug, which allows for command execution via GET requests to PHP-CGI installtions, has been knocking around PHP installations since 2004. It was first reported to PHP in January of 2012 (yes, eight years after it was introduced), subsequently leaked accidentally in May of 2012, and actively exploited shortly thereafter. Back from #8 on August's Exploit Trends.

10. Apache mod_isapi <= 2.2.14 Dangling Pointer: Although this is an exploit in Apache, don't be fooled! It's only exploitable on Windows (so that knocks out the biggest chunk of Apache installs at the time of this module's release), and it's only a DoS. Again, kind of a mystery as to why it's so popular. Down one place from #9 last month.

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