Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Lets start using snort.
Snort can be used as a regular sniffer, like tcpdump. See the commands below:
# snort -dev -i eth0
To log the packets to a file, use the -l switch and specify a directory. Snort will create the file for you.
# snort -dev -i eth0 -l /root/snort/
Depending on your defaults, snort may log in Ascii mode or pcap mode. You can use the -K switch to specify (ascii, pcap or none).
# snort -K Ascii -dev -i eth0 -l /root/snort
To log packets in tcpdump format you can use the -b only.
# snort -b -dev -i eth0 -l /root/snort
Using snort as an IDS
This is accomplished by specifying a config file on the command line.
# snort -c snort.conf -i eth0
I always like to use -A for alert mode. Basically a file gets created called alerts, and when bad traffic is seen on the network, snort will make a note of it in this alert file. There are a few options for these, but i like using the fast option (see man snort for more details). Note that two files are created, the alert file and the snort.log file. The alert file will contain syslog like log entires when an attach happens and the snort log file will contain the bad traffic data(in tcpdump format if thats the option you went with) that triggered the alerts.
# snort -A fast -c snort.conf -i eth0
The snort.conf file is well doucmented and easy to configue. Here is a very barebones config file example.
var HOME_NET any
var EXTERNAL_NET any
var DNS_SERVERS $HOME_NET
var SMTP_SERVERS $HOME_NET
var HTTP_SERVERS $HOME_NET
var SQL_SERVERS $HOME_NET
var TELNET_SERVERS $HOME_NET
var HTTP_PORTS 80
var SHELLCODE_PORTS !80
var ORACLE_PORTS 1521
var AIM_SERVERS [22.214.171.124/24,126.96.36.199/24,188.8.131.52/24,184.108.40.206/24,220.127.116.11/24,18.104.22.168/24,22.214.171.124/24,126.96.36.199/24,188.8.131.52/24]
var RULE_PATH $IDS_BASE/rules
The above example snort.conf will look for bad icmp traffic. If you ping your loopback interface, snort will generate some alerts and start logging this traffic.
How swatch can help you.
I blogged about swatch already so you can refer to my posting on that. Swatch can be used to monitor a snort alert file and be configured to send an email to you when a specific alert gets triggered. See the video below for a demonstration.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
DirBuster is a multi threaded java application designed to brute force directories and files names on web/application servers. Often is the case now of what looks like a web server in a state of default installation is actually not, and has pages and applications hidden within. DirBuster attempts to find these.
However tools of this nature are often as only good as the directory and file list they come with. A different approach was taken to generating this. The list was generated from scratch, by crawling the Internet and collecting the directory and files that are actually used by developers! DirBuster comes a total of 9 different lists (Further information can be found below), this makes DirBuster extremely effective at finding those hidden files and directories. And if that was not enough DirBuster also has the option to perform a pure brute force, which leaves the hidden directories and files nowhere to hide! If you have the time ;)Here is a video that i've created illustrating one of the ways DirBuster can be used and why its very important to take the necessary steps to secure your data, rather than just hiding it. Because the webmaster didn't properly configure his webserver for security, it was possible to gain access to some data.
Resources / Good Reading:
Saturday, November 5, 2011
This is the code i used.
# hydra -l admin -P passwords.lst -e ns -vV 192.168.2.10 http-post-form "/phpmyadmin/index.php:pma_username=^USER^&pma_password=^PASS^&server=1:denied"
After a few minutes, i had a smile on my face. Hydra found two usable passwords for the username admin. Just to avoid any spoilers, i wouldn't post the relevant passwords. Out of curiosuty, i decided to run hydra again for the user root.
# hydra -l root -P passwords.lst -f -e ns -vV 192.168.2.10 http-post-form "/phpmyadmin/index.php:pma_username=^USER^&pma_password=^PASS^&server=1:denied"
I decided to use the "-f" switch so hydra would quit immediately when a matching password is found. Indeed, after a few seconds, i had a usable password. In reality, there is nothing to fancy about this as the accounts and their passwords seem to be at their defaults and if you knew what mysql accounts default credentials are, then you know that bruteforcing here was a dead waste of time :). Either way, i had a foot in the door and the point of this was to demonstrate how you can bruteforce html login forms with hydra.
BTW, adding the "-U" switch would give you usage information when using the "http-post-form" service.
Update: It turns out that you can use any username with the password of "0" for some reason :). Now that you have access, to the mysql database, you can snoop around to get information and user logins for web apps like wordpress and joomla.