Preventing Mimikatz Attacks by Panagiotis Gkatziroulis


Mimikatz is playing a vital role in every internal penetration test or red team engagement mainly for its capability to extract passwords from memory in clear-text. It is also known that adversaries are using Mimikatz heavily in their operations. Even though that Microsoft introduced a security patch which can be applied even in older operating systems such as Windows 2008 Server still Mimikatz is effective and in a lot of cases it can lead to lateral movement and domain escalation. It should be noted that Mimikatz can only dump credentials and password hashes if it is executed from the context of a privilege user like local administrator. Debug Privilege The debug privilege according to Microsoft determines which users can attach a debugger to any process or to the kernel. By default this privilege is given to Local Administrators. However it is highly unlikely that a Local Administrator will need this....

February 6, 2019
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