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A Case Study in Attacking KeePass

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A Case Study in Attacking KeePass

  1. 1. A Case Study in Attacking Keepass
  2. 2. @tifkin_ Red Teamer, Hunter, Capability Dev UnmanagedPowerShell | RAT developer | PowerShell Junkie
  3. 3. @harmj0y Offensive Engineer and Red Teamer Co-founder of Empire/EmPyre | PowerTools | Veil-Framework PowerSploit/BloodHound Developer
  4. 4. TL;DR ◈ KeePass Overview ◈ “Attacking” KeePass ⬥ KeePass.config.xml, key files, and more ⬥ Existing Work (KeeFarce) ⬥ KeeThief ⬥ The KeePass Trigger System ◈ Demos ◈ Mitigations
  5. 5. Our Big Point If a password vault is unlocked, the key material likely has to be somewhere in the process space, so we can probably extract it. But this doesn't mean you shouldn’t use a password manager!!! X
  6. 6. KeePass Overview Architectural Background and Offensive Motivations 1
  7. 7. KeePass ◈ A “free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager” ⬥ 1.X is unmanaged C++ code ⬥ 2.X is C#/.NET ◈ Most commonly used password manager we’ve seen in corporate environments ⬥ Self-contained/not hosted ‘in the cloud’
  8. 8. 2.X Key Material Options
  9. 9. KeePass Security Protections ◈ Strong Crypto ⬥ 6000 encryption rounds to prevent dictionary attacks (though KeePass is now in HashCat ;) ◈ Secure Desktop ⬥ Similar to UAC, allows for the entering of a master password on a different desktop to combat keyloggers, but not enabled by default ◈ Process Memory Protection ⬥ RtlEncryptMemory/RtlDecryptMemory
  10. 10. KeePass and DPAPI ◈ The Data Protection API (DPAPI) is used to encrypt key material for the ‘Windows User Account’ setting ⬥ Mixes the current Windows user account in with the master password/or keyfile to create a composite master key ◈ The user’s DPAPI master key is used to encrypt/decrypt a KeePass-specific ‘blob’
  11. 11. Recovering DPAPI Key Material: Restore-UserDPAPI.ps1
  12. 12. Process Memory Protection ◈ Sensitive data chunks (such as the master password) are stored as encrypted blobs in memory by using RtlEncryptMemory() and RtlDecryptMemory() ◈ The “SameProcess” scope is set, so only the KeePass process can decrypt the in-memory strings! ⬥ Encryption keys are in kernel land
  13. 13. “Attacking” KeePass KeePass.config.xml, key files, and more 2
  14. 14. Identifying KeePass ◈ If running: ⬥ Get-WmiObject win32_process | Where-Object {$_.Name -like '*kee*'} | Select-Object -Expand ExecutablePath ◈ If not: ⬥ Get-ChildItem -Path C:Users -Include @("*kee*.exe", "*.kdb*") -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Select-Object -Expand FullName | fl ⬥ ls $env:APPDATAMicrosoftWindowsRecent | ?{$_.FullName -match 'kdb|keepass'}
  15. 15. Identifying KeePass
  16. 16. Cracking a KeePass Database ◈ HashCat 3.0.0 (released 6/29/16) now includes support for KeePass 1.X and 2.X databases (-m 13400) thanks to @Fist0urs ⬥ keepass2john lets you extract a crackable hash (use latest version for key file support)
  17. 17. KeePass.config.xml ◈ Located at C:UsersuserAppDataRoamingKeePas sKeePass.config.xml or in the folder of a roaming installation ◈ The ‘KeySources’ section has some interesting information...
  18. 18. KeePass.config.xml
  19. 19. Finding/Parsing KeePass.config.xml’s ◈ KeePassConfig.ps1 in KeeThief includes Find-KeePassconfig:
  20. 20. Nabbing Key Files With WMI ◈ But what if key files are on a removable USB drive? ◈ We drew inspiration from Matt Graeber’s BlackHat 2015 “Abusing Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to Build a Persistent, Asynchronous, and Fileless Backdoor” presentation
  21. 21. Nabbing Key Files With WMI ◈ The extrinsic WMI event Win32_VolumeChangeEvent fires every time a USB drive is inserted and mounted ◈ Non-reboot persistent option: ⬥ Register-WmiEvent -Query 'SELECT * FROM Win32_VolumeChangeEvent WHERE EventType = 2' -SourceIdentifier 'DriveInserted' -Action {$DriveLetter = $EventArgs.NewEvent.DriveName;if (Test-Path "$DriveLetterkey.jpg") {Copy-Item "$DriveLetterkey.jpg" "C:Temp" -Force}}
  22. 22. New-WMIBackdoorAction Modification
  23. 23. Registering the Trigger Register-WMIBackdoor -Trigger $(New-WMIBackdoorTrigger -DriveInsertion) -Action $(New-WMIBackdoorAction -FileClone)
  24. 24. Existing Work (KeeFarce) 3
  25. 25. KeeFarce Release ◈ Released October 2015 by Denis Andzakovic (denandz) ⬥ https://github.com/denandz/KeeFarce ◈ Allows for the export of an unlocked KeePass database to a .CSV on disk!
  26. 26. “ “KeeFarce is not a threat...” -Dominik Reichl (KeePass Author) https://sourceforge.net/p/keepass/discussion/329220/thread/8e511d96/#e919
  27. 27. KeeFarce Process Part 1 1. Loads a malicious ‘bootstrap’ .DLL from disk into KeePass using VirtualAllocEx()/CreateRemoteThread() to force a call LoadLibraryA() 2. The .DLL loads the .NET CLR and then loads a custom .NET assembly from disk 3. The malicious assembly loads CLR MD and attaches to the current KeePass.exe process
  28. 28. KeeFarce Process Part 2 4. Assembly uses CLR MD to walk the KeePass heap, searching for KeePass.UI.DocumentManagerEx objects 5. Loads the KeePass assembly with reflection and instantiates a KeePass.DataExchange.PwExportInfo object 6. KeePass.DataExchange.Formats.KeePassCsv1x is instantiated, params set, and the export method is invoked to export db to csv
  29. 29. KeeFarce Disadvantages ◈ In KeeFarce’s current state, the following files have to be on disk: ⬥ BootstrapDLL.dll (.DLL that’s loaded), KeeFarce.exe (launcher), KeeFarceDLL.dll (malicious assembly), Microsoft.Diagnostic.Runtime.dll (CLR MD) ◈ No PowerShell weaponization ◈ .NET 4+ (ClrMD) ◈ Only exports DB contents
  30. 30. KeeThief Our Approach 4
  31. 31. KeeThief ◈ PowerShell 2.0-compatible tool to extract the database key material from an opened KeePass database ⬥ Uses a patched version of Microsoft’s CLR MD ⬥ Most of the work is in a C# assembly ⬥ Can be executed without a file touching disk! ◈ Also includes a patched KeePass version to reuse the extracted key material
  32. 32. m_pbData: Decryption key material encrypted by RtlEncryptMemory
  33. 33. 1. PowerShell script loads a custom .NET assembly 2. Custom assembly loads .NET 2.0 backport of ClrMD 3. ClrMD locates CompositeKey object 4. ClrMD locates references to to key classes
  34. 34. 5. ClrMD locates and extracts encrypted key material 6. Assembly injects shellcode to decrypt key material 7. Extracts plaintext key material
  35. 35. The KeePass Trigger System Exfiltration Without Malware ….yes, really 5
  36. 36. KeePass’ Trigger System ◈ Version 2.X of KeePass has an available event-condition-action trigger system ⬥ Specified in the <TriggerSystem>...</TriggerSystem> section of the active KeePass.config.xml, which is nearly always modifiable ◈ We can use this to exfiltrate a database on opening, or when specific entries are copied to the clipboard!
  37. 37. KeePass’ Trigger System ◈ Interesting triggers: ⬥ Opened database file / Copied data to clipboard ◈ Interesting actions: ⬥ Export active database ⬦ Available “KeePass CSV (1.x)” format! ⬦ Accepts UNC paths as well as URLs! ⬥ Execute command line / URL ⬦ Invoke arbitrary .VBS/.PS1/etc.
  38. 38. .VBS Trigger
  39. 39. Auto-backdooring Triggers ◈ KeeThief’s KeePassConfig.ps1 also includes Add-KeePassConfigTrigger to insert malicious triggers into a KeePass.config.xml ◈ Find-KeePassconfig | Add-KeePassConfigTrigger ⬥ -Action <X> : either ‘ExportDatabase’ or ‘ExfilDataCopied’
  40. 40. 7
  41. 41. Mitigations All Is Not Lost 6
  42. 42. The Key Issue ◈ Ultimately, if a database is unlocked, the key material likely has to be somewhere in the process space, so we can probably extract it ◈ Current desktop OS architecture cannot prevent this attack ◈ Can’t protect against features (triggers)
  43. 43. Detection/Things to beware of ◈ Host based monitoring (Sysmon,Carbon Black, etc.) ⬥ Cross-process interaction (OpenProcess, ReadProcessMemory, WriteProcessMemory, CreateRemoteThread) ◈ PowerShell Module/Script Block Logging ◈ WMI Events ◈ Monitor changes to the KeePass config file from non-KeePass processes
  44. 44. Thanks! ◈ Denis Andzakovic - Creator of KeeFarce ◈ Matt Graeber’s PIC_BindShell ⬥ Generating shellcode from C-code in Visual Studio ⬥ https://github.com/mattifestation/PIC_Bindshe ll ◈ Microsoft’s ClrMD - .NET memory analysis ⬥ https://github.com/Microsoft/clrmd
  45. 45. Thanks! Any questions? @tifkin_ and @harmj0y Get KeeThief: https://github.com/HarmJ0y/KeeThief

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