SMBRelay

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SMBRelay and SMBRelay2 are computer programs that can be used to carry out SMB man-in-the-middle (mitm) attacks on Windows machines. They were written by Sir Dystic of CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) and released March 21, 2001 at the @lantacon convention in Atlanta, Georgia. More than seven years after its release, Microsoft released a patch that fixed the hole exploited by SMBRelay.[1][2] This fix only fixes the vulnerability when the SMB is reflected back to the client. If it is forwarded to another host, the vulnerability can be still exploited. [3][4]

SMBRelay[edit]

SMBrelay receives a connection on UDP port 139 and relays the packets between the client and server of the connecting Windows machine to the originating computer's port 139. It modifies these packets when necessary.

After connecting and authenticating, the target's client is disconnected and SMBRelay binds to port 139 on a new IP address. This relay address can then be connected to directly using "net use \\192.1.1.1" and then used by all of the networking functions built into Windows. The program relays all of the SMB traffic, excluding negotiation and authentication. As long as the target host remains connected, the user can disconnect from and reconnect to this virtual IP.

SMBRelay collects the NTLM password hashes and writes them to hashes.txt in a format usable by L0phtCrack for cracking at a later time.

As port 139 is a privileged port and requires administrator access for use, SMBRelay must run as an administrator access account. However, since port 139 is needed for NetBIOS sessions, it is difficult to block.

According to Sir Dystic, "The problem is that from a marketing standpoint, Microsoft wants their products to have as much backward compatibility as possible; but by continuing to use protocols that have known issues, they continue to leave their customers at risk to exploitation... These are, yet again, known issues that have existed since day one of this protocol. This is not a bug but a fundamental design flaw. To assume that nobody has used this method to exploit people is silly; it took me less than two weeks to write SMBRelay." [5]

SMBRelay2[edit]

SMBRelay2 works at the NetBIOS level across any protocol to which NetBIOS is bound (such as NBF or NBT). It differs from SMBrelay in that it uses NetBIOS names rather than IP addresses.

SMBRelay2 also supports man-in-the-middling to a third host. However, it only supports listening on one name at a time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-068." Microsoft Security Bulletin, November 11, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  2. ^ Fontana, John. "Microsoft patch closes 7-year-old OS hole, expert says." Network World, November 12, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "[1]." NTLM is Dead - 20 DefCon
  4. ^ "[2]." Security Bugs in Protocols are Really Bad!
  5. ^ Greene, Thomas C. "Exploit devastates WinNT/2K security." The Register online edition, April 19, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2005.

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