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CyberSecLabs Zero Write-up

Zero is an Active Directory beginner box from which exploits a recently released critical vulnerability for Active Directory environments dubbed “zerologon” which allows for instant escalating to Domain Admin. Let’s try this one out!

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A quick nmap scan should do the job for this box, the only information we need is RPC, but it’s always a good idea to run a full scan just to get an idea of what else is on the box.

nmap -sCV -p-
PORT      STATE    SERVICE       VERSION                                                                                                                                                                                                      
53/tcp    open     domain?                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
88/tcp    open     kerberos-sec  Microsoft Windows Kerberos (server time: 2020-09-25 02:51:16Z)                                                                                                                                               
135/tcp   open     msrpc         Microsoft Windows RPC                                                                                                                                                                                        
139/tcp   open     netbios-ssn   Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn                                                                                                                                                                                
389/tcp   open     ldap          Microsoft Windows Active Directory LDAP (Domain: Zero.csl0., Site: Default-First-Site-Name)                                                                                                                  
445/tcp   open     microsoft-ds?                                                                                                                                                                                                              
464/tcp   open     kpasswd5?                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
593/tcp   open     ncacn_http    Microsoft Windows RPC over HTTP 1.0                                                                                                                                                                          
636/tcp   open     tcpwrapped                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
3268/tcp  open     ldap          Microsoft Windows Active Directory LDAP (Domain: Zero.csl0., Site: Default-First-Site-Name)
3269/tcp  open     tcpwrapped
3389/tcp  open     ms-wbt-server Microsoft Terminal Services
| rdp-ntlm-info: 
|   Target_Name: ZERO
|   NetBIOS_Domain_Name: ZERO
|   NetBIOS_Computer_Name: ZERO-DC
|   DNS_Domain_Name: Zero.csl
|   DNS_Computer_Name: Zero-DC.Zero.csl
|   Product_Version: 10.0.17763
|_  System_Time: 2020-09-25T02:53:53+00:00
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=Zero-DC.Zero.csl
| Issuer: commonName=Zero-DC.Zero.csl
| Public Key type: rsa
| Public Key bits: 2048
| Signature Algorithm: sha256WithRSAEncryption
| Not valid before: 2020-09-23T21:38:22
| Not valid after:  2021-03-25T21:38:22
| MD5:   3683 bd36 cdde dee0 bdc9 5126 3f19 8933
|_SHA-1: 35a8 b567 26fc c755 4ed9 b35d 693a 2d44 aa8c 5bc7
|_ssl-date: 2020-09-25T02:54:07+00:00; -1s from scanner time.
5985/tcp  open     http          Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_http-title: Not Found
9389/tcp  open     mc-nmf        .NET Message Framing
21837/tcp filtered unknown
35084/tcp filtered unknown
47001/tcp open     http          Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_http-title: Not Found

The only thing of interest to us here is the RPC script info the nmap got for us as this is the information we’ll need to exploit ZeroLogon (There isn’t anything that points to this vuln aside from the machine being a DC, if you don’t have previous knowledge concerning ZeroLogon, this box is going to be rather perplexing).

Exploiting ZeroLogon

The exploit for this box, dubbed “ZeroLogon”, allows us to instantly take over a Domain Controller by changing the machine password to an empty string. For a detailed explanation on the interworkings of this exploit, I found this. This exploit requires us to have the latest version of impacket and even then it might throw issues. The easiest way to do this is to set up virtualenv and install and run the exploit inside the virtualenv. This can be done by running the following commands (the installing line can be ignored if virtualenv is already installed):

python3 -m pip install virtualenv
python3 -m virtualenv impkt
source impkt/bin/activate
pip install git+

Now that impacket is properly installed, we can pull down the ZeroLogon PoC which can be found here. Let’s try running the PoC and see if the box is vulnerable to ZeroLogon. For this we need the name of the Domain Controller (Zero-DC) and the IP of the box (

And it worked! Now that we’ve changed the machine password to an empty string, we can use an impacket tool called to dump the hashes on the machine.

We now have the hashes of the machine! We can use, another impacket tool to gain a system level shell on the box using the hashes we dumped.

We are system!

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