Hello World! I talked about how to attack the TTLS-PAP network and pivot through it yesterday. What happens, however, if the company uses a challenge-response based authentication method? In this case, the authenticator sends a challenge, and the applicant is in charge of encrypting it with a password and sending it back to the authentication for verification.
Of course, you can capture the challenge and response and do a dictionary attack on them, but what if you were unable to capture the required EAPOLs or your wordlist did not contain that password? In that situation, you can relay the response to the authenticator on behalf of the authenticating user and gain network access. The difference between a legitimate client and an attacker client is not actually made by the authenticator or access point in PEAP security tunnel.
In this post I will share how to setup the hostapd mana, wpa_sycophant and target the GlobalCentralBank WiFi network to break into it and recover the flag kept in the e-mail account of the user. The network settings enforce the user to use PEAP-MSCHAPv2 with very strong passwords.
Capture the Traffic
Let's configure the wlan0 interface in the monitor mode to dump the WiFi traffic before continuing. You can do this by performing the commands listed below in the exact order.
Let's capture the packets from both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands through the wlan0 interface using the following command.
The "GlobalCentralBank" network is transmitting beacon frames on channel 6 as you can see, however it appears that no clients are connected, even though an evil twin attack requires at least one client to be connected.
It is possible that although the client is transmitting the frames, the packets are dropped or the device was unable to record them because airodump is hoping to use a different channel. Let's set the airodump channel to 6 using the
If you would look at the output of stations sections, you will see that a client with MAC 02:00:00:00:09:00 is connected to the WiFi network.
Configure Rogue Access Point
The lab has provided all the necessary certificates in the
/root/certs directory. Since we will be using encrypted tunnel for authentication, certificates are required. I will be using these certificates because creating the certificates is outside the scope of this post.
Except last 2 lines (taken from the official hostapd-mana documentation), all the lines are copied from the Evil Twin using Hostapd-Mana post. You need to save this file in the directory where certs directory is located with any name (here fakenet.conf).
Create a new file with the same name as the one specified in the eap_user_file configuration variable, and place it in the same directory as fakenet.conf. Any user can now connect to the fakenet thanks to this.
Start the hostapd-mana with the configuration file
hostapd-mana fakenet.conf and you will see the traffic details in the airodump output.
Force Associated Client to Connect to Fakenet
You must first set up wpa sycophant's configuration file in the wpa_sycophant directory (this is required). The tool basically acts as a wrapper around the wpa supplicant tool that we have been using for a while and adds the bssid_blacklist configuration to prevent the supplicant from unintentionally connecting to the rogue access point that we created.
Start the supplicant using the wpa sycophant.sh script based on the configuration file provided by the
-c parameter on the wlan2 interface provided by the
The associated client needs to be disassociated from the network in order to establish the connection with our rogue access point. This can be done by replaying the deauthentication attack as shown below.
Wait a few seconds and you should see the client sending the response to the access point in the hostapd-mana output. It also gives commands to bruteforce the response in order to retrieve the password, but this will not work because the password is incredibly strong and we do not have a wordlist for it.
Let's go to the sycophant terminal, where you'll notice there's something going on. It simply takes the response, identification, and other information from the
/tmp/ directory sent by hostapd-mana (to interact inter-process through file) and relays it to the legit network.
Remember that we blacklisted the rogue network's BSSID in the configuration and also inserted targeted deauthentication packets to avoid disrupting the connection formation with our supplicant.
The sycophant automatically request the access point DHCP for IPv4, therefore explicitly calling the dhclient on wlan2 is not required.
The airodump output shows that both clients are now connected to the organization's wifi network, and everything appears to be normal. Isn't it wonderful 😀?
Pivot through WiFi Network
n the lab description it is given that only TCP and UDP traffic can pass through WiFi AP, you can use the
-sT in the nmap to force TCP scan.
The WiFi access point has three services running: SSH, DNS, and HTTP. According to the lab description, the WiFi AP's SSH password is strong and random, therefore it will not be vulnerable to a dictionary attack. As a result, we can only look at HTTP right now.
Curl request on the HTTP service disclosed the internal IP address of the WiFi router to which other devices are linked.
Assuming the target host is the next in the CIDR range 188.8.131.52/24, use nmap to execute a TCP scan on the 184.108.40.206 host.
The assumption was correct, as you can see, that host is currently running an interesting service: POP3.
Let's make a simple wordlist of often used usernames in the mailing domain. You can use the cat command to accomplish this and write to any file (here users.txt)
LAN machines could be subject to the dictionary attack because they frequently use common usernames and passwords. You can use the password dictionary from
/root/wordlists/100-common-passwords.txt in the lab with hydra tool as shown below.
The network is not fast enough to handle the hydra traffic; but, if you wait a little, you will eventually get correct login credentials for the POP3 service, as displayed below.
To retrieve the flag from the mail list, connect to the network using netcat binary and type the following commands.