Posts tagged Penetration Testing

3 min Incident Detection

Detection Reflection: Analyzing 9 Months of Rapid7 Penetration Testing Engagements

In this post, we’ll review results and trends from Under the Hoodie 2018 as they relate to incident detection, including where our red team found success.

2 min Penetration Testing

Under the Hoodie 2018: Lessons from a Season of Penetration Testing

Today, I’m excited to announce the release of our 2018 edition of Under the Hoodie: Lessons from a Season of Penetration Testing by the Rapid7 Global Services team, along with me, Tod Beardsley and Kwan Lin.

3 min Research

Password Tips from a Pen Tester: What is Your Company’s Default Password?

Welcome back to Password Tips From a Pen Tester. Last time, I exposed common password patterns [/2018/06/12/password-tips-from-a-pen-tester-common-patterns-exposed/] we see when we perform penetration testing service engagements [] for our clients at Rapid7. This month, let’s dig into the amazingly weak default passwords that so many companies use. The first day on the job: We fill out all the requisite paperwork for Human Resources a

5 min Penetration Testing

How to Build Your Own Caller ID Spoofer: Part 2

In Part 1 [/2018/05/24/how-to-build-your-own-caller-id-spoofer-part-1/], we talked about the need for organizations to test their security programs by performing social-engineering campaigns with their employees so they can understand employee susceptibility to these kinds of tactics, the potential impact to the organization of this kind of attack, and develop methods of defending against a real attack. We spoke about the need for accurately simulating threat actors by setting up an Asterisk PBX

7 min Penetration Testing

How to Create a Secure and Portable Kali Installation

The following is a guest post from Rapid7 customer Bo Weaver. Hi, everyone. I’m Bo, a penetration tester at CompliancePoint (and also a customer of Rapid7). If you’re just getting started in penetration testing [], or are simply interested in the basics, this blog is for you. An Intro to Kali Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security [], a provider of inform

3 min Penetration Testing

Password Tips From a Pen Tester: Common Patterns Exposed

Welcome back to Password Tips From a Pen Tester. Last time, I talked about what you can expect to learn from these posts and I also explained the three most common passwords that we see on penetration tests [/2018/05/10/password-tips-from-a-pen-tester-3-passwords-to-eliminate/]. This month, let’s take a look at how that kind of information is helpful on a penetration test [], and correlate what we know to actual data collected. When my co

6 min Penetration Testing

How to Build Your Own Caller ID Spoofer: Part 1

Purpose Organizations with mature security programs often test their own internal awareness programs by performing social engineering campaigns (e.g., telephone pretexting) on their personnel. These may include hiring third-party consulting companies as well as performing internal tests. These tests should strive to be as real-world as possible in order to accurately simulate a malicious actor and learn from employees’ reactions and ascertain the level of risk they pose to the organization. Spoo

4 min Penetration Testing

Password Tips From a Pen Tester: 3 Passwords to Eliminate

Every week, Rapid7 conducts penetration testing services [] for organizations that cracks hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of passwords. Our current password trove has more than 500,000 unique passwords that have been collected over the past two years. Where do these come from? Some of them come from Windows domain controllers and databases such as MySQL or Oracle; some of them are caught on the wire using Responder [

4 min InsightIDR

Attacker Behavior Analytics: How InsightIDR Detects Unknown Threats

InsightIDR customers now have an ever-evolving library of attacker behavior detections automatically matched against their data. Read on to learn how Rapid7 SOC and threat intel teams investigate a constant rumbling of attacker behavior and transform it into actionable threat intelligence.

3 min Haxmas

Hohoho-wned: First Steps Toward a Pen Test Oriented Rootkit

Year after year it seems that Santa is intent on sending me coal, but little does he know that this year I already have access to one of his Linux machines and I'm going to make sure that I at least deserve to get my fair share of black rocks. I decided to dig into the world of Linux rootkits and long-term footholds with evasion techniques; this is an area where lots of previous research has been done, but in traditional bootstrapper fashion I decided to start writing a backdoor from scratch wit

4 min Penetration Testing

Metasploit MinRID Option

We’ve added a new option to the smb_lookupsid Metasploit module []. You can now specify your starting RID. Wait, What Does This Module Do Again? As a penetration tester, one of the first things I try to do on an internal network is enumerate all of the domain users so that I can perform login attacks against them. It would be a noteworthy risk if we could do that anonymously, because that means that any malicious actor who can

2 min UNITED

Keeping it simple at UNITED

The following post is a guest blog by Bo Weaver, Senior Penetration Tester at CompliancePoint []. If you're attending UNITED, you can catch Bo's talk at 11:45 AM on Thursday, September 14 in the Phish, Pwn, and Pivot track. Hi! I’m Bo. I’ll be speaking at Rapid7’s UNITED Summit in Boston [] this week, and Rapid7's community manager [/author/caitlin-condon] asked me to write a little blog about my talk. I marvel how on the net we

4 min Penetration Testing

IoT Security Testing Methodology

By Deral Heiland IoT - IoT Research Lead Rapid7 Nathan Sevier - Senior Consultant Rapid7 Chris Littlebury  - Threat Assessment Manage Rapid7 End-to-end ecosystem methodology When examining IoT technology, the actionable testing focus and methodology is often applied solely to the embedded device. This is short sighted and incomplete. An effective assessment methodology should consider the entire IoT solution or as we refer to it, the IoT Product Ecosystem. Every interactive component that makes

3 min Metasploit

Exploiting Macros via Email with Metasploit Pro Social Engineering

Currently, phishing is seen as one of the largest infiltration points for businesses around the globe, but there is more to social engineering than just phishing. Attackers may use email and USB keys to deliver malicious files to users in the hopes of gaining access to an organization's network. Users that are likely unaware that unsolicited files, such as a Microsoft Word document with a macro, may be malicious and can be a major risk to an organization. Metasploit Pro [

4 min Penetration Testing

Combining Responder and PsExec for Internal Penetration Tests

By Emilie St-Pierre, TJ Byrom, and Eric Sun Ask any pen tester what their top five penetration testing tools [] are for internal engagements, and you will likely get a reply containing nmap, Metasploit, CrackMapExec, SMBRelay and Responder. An essential tool for any whitehat, Responder is a Python script that listens for Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR), Netbios Name Service (NBT-NS) and Multicast Domain Name System (mDNS)