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Offensive Techniques by Russ Gideon

In the professional information security world, there has yet to be a course which provides the students the knowledge and skills to carry out a real world attack. Traditional penetration testing courses impart only a limited view of the exposure and vulnerabilities companies suffer from. Traditional classes are generally focused on standard scanner, framework and tool usage as well as techniques for collecting “shells” on target systems. In contrast, this course is designed to teach its students how to plan and execute a successful attack against a target, using the same techniques and mindsets that real attackers use.

Attack Research will bring a unique approach to penetration testing, using deep system knowledge and lesser-known techniques that will arm the student with true offensive capabilities. This class is designed to help students think past the need for known exploits. Alternating between hands-on exercises and lectures the students will walk away with having been given the chance to utilize the new skills that they will learn. A virtual target network will be provided, along with all of the software needed to participate in the labs.

The first day of the class will cover the basic, core skill sets, that are needed to be successful in an offensive operation. These skills are the foundation for being able to handle and evade a large array of technical defensive measures which the student may experience when attacking sophisticated environments. The Metasploit Framework will be used as a development platform for building custom tools and launching specialized attacks.

In the second day, our attention will turn to the initial target exploitation and lateral movement. The students will learn how to gain persistence and deep footholds into an organizations network. We will focus heavily on the persistence and post exploitation techniques that have been perfected by the Attack Research team. At the end of this day students will have a strong understanding of how to get into a network and then stay in. The third day will focus on deeply penetrating a Unix environment which is designed to emulate common corporate setups. Many penetration testing classes focus on Windows based methodologies and attacks, neglecting the wide array of Unix scenarios that may be encountered in the real world. After the third day the students will not only be capable of taking over a Windows domain, but they will also be able to compromise Unix domains as well. Some of the techniques covered in the Unix domain are also applicable to mobile devices.

Students will test all of the skills they have gained in the course against a virtual network specially designed for the class. The labs will be interwoven into the lecture so that students will receive a significant amount of time practically exercising these new skills as they learn. By the end of the class students will have spent roughly 50% of the time in a lab environment.

Who Should Attend

This training is for technical IT security professionals like pentesters, but also for interested hackers.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Deep understanding of the Portable Document Format
  • Analysis of (malicious) PDF files
  • Creation of PDF files from scratch for pentesting purposes and other fun

Technical Requirements

A Windows laptop.

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

  • fluent with the Windows command prompt
  • notions of Python programming
  • notions of shellcode development

Detailed Agenda

Day 1

  • intros
  • schedule & venue
  • class setup
  • class overview / philosophy
  • Metasploit Tutorial
    • msf background / history
    • core components/meterpreter
    • Multihandler
    • auxiliary modules / scanners
    • exploits & payloads
  • recon activities

Day 2

  • Initial Penetration
    • Web / sqli
    • Social Engineering
    • File format attacks
    • Java applet
    • Physical & Hardware
  • Post Exploitation
    • Command & Control
    • Persistence
    • Stealth
    • PSP Evasion
    • Cleanup
    • Data Exfiltration Strategies

Day 3

  • Unix Domain Takeover
    • Unix Intro
    • NFS
    • Authentication Systems
    • Kerberos
    • SSH
  • Windows Domain Takeover
    • Lateral Movement
    • SMB
      • WPAD
      • SMBRELAY
  • Insecure Services
  • Privilege Escalation
  • RDP/VNC/Sethc
  • Authentication Abuse
    • Hashes and Passwords
    • Token Hijacking
  • Domain Enumeration

Trainer Biography

Didier Stevens is 5-to-9 security researcher and Microsoft MVP. Mostly IT security. And programming. And (hardware) hacking. And PDF.

More information about Didier Stevens is available at his blog

300px-twitter-icon.jpg @DidierStevens

24 & 25 September (09:00 - 17:00)


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