Password Algorithms: Internet Explorer 10 (Windows Vault)

Introduction

Microsoft added a new feature to Windows 7 called ‘Vault’ which you can access through the Credential Manager in control panel or vaultcmd from command line. It works very similar to Gnome Key Ring on Linux or the Apple Keychain on Mac OS.

In versions 7, 8 and 9 of Internet Explorer, passwords were protected using DPAPI and the login URL as entropy before being saved in the registry. The new algorithm in IE10 continues to use DPAPI but the encryption of credentials is now handled by the Vault Service.

Vault System Service

Like most Windows Encryption, the protection of Vault data occurs within a LocalSystem service. vaultsvc.dll contains the service code and is loaded by the Local Security Account Subsystem (lsass.exe) at boot time.

Between 18-24 functions (depending on OS) are exposed to clients over a local RPC end point. On Windows 7 is an additional KeyRing Credential UI application (VaultSysUI.exe) launched by the service if it requires information from the owner of a vault.

For example, you have the ability to lock a vault with a password.
windows_7_lock
You can also configure a vault to require permission from the user when an application attempts to access the password element.
windows_7_prompt
In both situations, VaultSysUI will display a window to the user and then write the response back to heap memory which Vault Service can access. :-)

Although both these features are useful and add further protection to a user’s credentials, they were removed in Windows 8 along with other functionality.

Vault Client Library Access

From the user session, RPC calls are made through API exported by vaultcli.dll
Explorer.exe loads Credui.dll and Vault.dll when accessing the Credential Manager through the Control Panel.
credman
You can also use vaultcmd.exe to add/remove credentials but it doesn’t display passwords on either 7 or 8.
vaultcmd7
On Windows 8 . . .
vaultcmd8
For whatever reasons, there was a pretty significant reduction in Vault features between Windows 7 and 8. Below is a list of what was removed.

  • Creation / Deletion of vaults.
  • Loading / Unloading external vault files.
  • Locking / Unlocking vaults with additional password protection.

Protection Methods

Windows 7 has 2 methods available but Windows 8 only has 1.
DPAPI (Data Protection API) is used by default but on Windows 7, you can also use a password.

The algorithm used to protect passwords is RSA PBKDF2.

Recovery of Web Credentials

As said, there were some changes to Vault service between Windows 7 and 8.
VaultGetItem requires an additional parameter on Windows 8 and the VAULT_ITEM structure has an extra property. Here’s the structure for Windows 7

typedef struct _VAULT_ITEM_W7 {
  GUID SchemaId;
  LPCWSTR pszCredentialFriendlyName;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pResourceElement;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pIdentityElement;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pAuthenticatorElement;
  FILETIME LastModified;
  DWORD dwFlags;
  DWORD dwPropertiesCount;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pPropertyElements;
} VAULT_ITEM_W7, *PVAULT_ITEM_W7;

And for Windows 8 . . .

typedef struct _VAULT_ITEM_W8 {
  GUID SchemaId;
  LPCWSTR pszCredentialFriendlyName;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pResourceElement;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pIdentityElement;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pAuthenticatorElement;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pPackageSid;
  FILETIME LastModified;
  DWORD dwFlags;
  DWORD dwPropertiesCount;
  PVAULT_ITEM_ELEMENT pPropertyElements;
} VAULT_ITEM_W8, *PVAULT_ITEM_W8;

I’ve written a tool to recover IE10 passwords using the Vault API, here’s example of output on Windows 7 machine.
ie10_decode
For those of you that want to know more about recovery process, you can grab source and binary here.
Because the Windows Vault Service remains undocumented, I can’t guarantee the accuracy of information provided. The latest protection of Web Credentials for Internet Explorer is indeed weaker than previous algorithm for 7, 8 and 9 but the upside is that with the Vault you can reliably backup/restore your passwords when needed.

Below is just a list of API available/removed between Windows 7 and 8.

Credential Vault Client Library Function Windows 7 Windows 8
VaultCreateItemType Yes Yes
VaultDeleteItemType Yes Yes
VaultEnumerateItemTypes Yes Yes
VaultAddItem Yes Yes
VaultFindItems Yes Yes
VaultEnumerateItems Yes Yes
VaultGetItem Yes Yes
VaultRemoveItem Yes Yes
VaultGetItemType Yes Yes
VaultOpenVault Yes Yes
VaultCloseVault Yes Yes
VaultGetInformation Yes Yes
VaultEnumerateVaults Yes Yes
VaultSetInformation Yes No
VaultCreateVault Yes No
VaultCopyVault Yes No
VaultDeleteVault Yes No
VaultLoadVaults Yes No
VaultUnloadVaults Yes No
VaultCopyItem Yes No
VaultMoveItem Yes No
VaultLockVault Yes No
VaultUnlockVault Yes No
VaultConfirmVaultAccess Yes No
VaultEnumerateSettingUnits No Yes
VaultGetSettingUnit No Yes
VaultApplySettingUnit No Yes
VaultRemoveSettingUnit No Yes
VaultTriggerSync No Yes

Password Algorithms: Windows System Key (SYSKEY)

I stumbled upon some forum posts related to System Key recently and read something about 1 of the authentication modes available to Administrators that made me wonder if true or not.

Just to note, there are 3 modes.

  1. Generated by passphrase
  2. Stored in registry
  3. Stored on removable storage device

2 is enabled by default, but you can change this with the syskey.exe utility.

The claim was that if you forgot the passphrase or “startup password” there’s no reliable method of recovery. The “only way” to get back into the system is to restore a backup if one is available or disable completely using something like ntpasswd

In most cases, either way is probably sufficient enough, but there are situations where you would need to know the original passphrase and don’t have a backup available or perhaps you can’t even use a backup which could erase some critical information required.

There are a number of ways to recover the passphrase but I’ll just suggest one for now.
Found this short video which shows someone enabling the startup password

One of the the comments is “BOSS HOW WE HACK SYSKEY!!!” :-)

History of SYSKEY

SYSKEY was Microsoft’s response to pwdump and L0phtCrack.
It was provided as an optional security enhancement with Windows NT SP3 and enabled by default since the release of Windows 2000.

The purpose of this feature was to prevent pwdump working without modifications. Open source offline decryption tools didn’t surface until the release of samdump2 by Nicola Cuomo.

What follows is a short timeline of events related to SYSKEY.

March 1997 Samba developer Jeremy Allison publishes pwdump which enables Administrators to dump LM and NTLM hashes stored in the SAM database.
April 1997 L0pht publishes L0phtcrack which allows Administrators to audit password hashes. It had been in development since the release of pwdump.
May 1997 Microsoft publishes Service Pack 3 for Windows NT which added SYSKEY as an optional feature to prevent pwdump working properly.
December 1999 Todd Sabin documents flaw with SYSKEY. Anyone with access to the SAM database can reveal password hashes without the System key.
April 2000 Todd Sabin releases pwdump2 which dumps password hashes with the obfuscation removed. This also dumps hashes from a domain controller.
February 2004 Nicola Cuomo documents SYSKEY, Releases Samdump2 which enables offline decryption of password hashes stored in SAM database.

Password Generation

When the system boots and auth mode 1 is enabled, windows will display a dialog box waiting for you to enter the password. The following text is displayed on an XP system.

“This computer is configured to require a password in order to start up. Please enter the Startup Password below.”

Blank passwords are acceptable so whether you enter something or not, it gets processed with MD5 and authenticated once you hit OK.

#define MAX_SYSKEY_PWD 260

void pwd2key(wchar_t pwd[], uint8_t syskey[]) {
  MD5_CTX ctx;
  size_t pwd_len = wcslen(pwd);
  pwd_len = (pwd_len > MAX_SYSKEY_PWD) ? MAX_SYSKEY_PWD : pwd_len;
 
  MD5_Init(&ctx);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, pwd, pwd_len);
  MD5_Final(syskey, &ctx);
}

Enter the wrong password 3 times and you’ll receive the following error.

“System error: Lsass.exe”
“When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct.”

This message appears because the LSA database key fails to decrypt but I wanted to know how exactly this password was authenticated.

Between XP and Vista, the LSA database got a major upgrade so you may see something else on post-XP systems.

If you were to attempt recovery through the LSA database, it would not only be much slower, it’s more complicated and because there’s a simpler way, I’m not going to cover it.

SAM Database

The SAM database is stored in %SystemRoot%\System32\config\SAM which as you probably know contains local user and group information, including encrypted NTLM/LM hashes.

Windows reads the value of F under SAM\Domains\Account and using the System key, decrypts the Sam key.

The structure of the F value isn’t documented but I’ve put together what I *think* is close enough to the original based on some MSDN documentation and analyzing code in SAMSRV.DLL which is where the decryption occurs.

#define SYSTEM_KEY_LEN   16
 
#define QWERTY "!@#$%^&*()qwertyUIOPAzxcvbnmQQQQQQQQQQQQ)(*@&%"
#define DIGITS "0123456789012345678901234567890123456789"

#define SAM_KEY_LEN      16
#define SAM_SALT_LEN     16
#define SAM_CHECKSUM_LEN 16

typedef struct _SAM_KEY_DATA {
  uint32_t Revision;
  uint32_t Length;
  uint8_t Salt[SAM_SALT_LEN];
  uint8_t Key[SAM_KEY_LEN];
  uint8_t CheckSum[SAM_CHECKSUM_LEN];
  uint32_t Reserved[2];
} SAM_KEY_DATA, *PSAM_KEY_DATA;

typedef enum _DOMAIN_SERVER_ENABLE_STATE {
  DomainServerEnabled = 1,
  DomainServerDisabled
} DOMAIN_SERVER_ENABLE_STATE, *PDOMAIN_SERVER_ENABLE_STATE;

typedef enum _DOMAIN_SERVER_ROLE {
  DomainServerRoleBackup  = 2,
  DomainServerRolePrimary = 3
} DOMAIN_SERVER_ROLE, *PDOMAIN_SERVER_ROLE;

typedef struct _OLD_LARGE_INTEGER {
  unsigned long LowPart;
  long HighPart;
} OLD_LARGE_INTEGER, *POLD_LARGE_INTEGER;

#pragma pack(4)
typedef struct _DOMAIN_ACCOUNT_F {
  uint32_t Revision;
  uint32_t unknown1;
  
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER CreationTime;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER DomainModifiedCount;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER MaxPasswordAge;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER MinPasswordAge;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER ForceLogoff;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER LockoutDuration;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER LockoutObservationWindow;
  OLD_LARGE_INTEGER ModifiedCountAtLastPromotion;
  
  uint32_t NextRid;
  uint32_t PasswordProperties;
  uint16_t MinPasswordLength;
  uint16_t PasswordHistoryLength;
  uint16_t LockoutThreshold;
  uint16_t unknown2;
  
  DOMAIN_SERVER_ENABLE_STATE ServerState;
  DOMAIN_SERVER_ROLE ServerRole;
  
  uint8_t UasCompatibilityRequired;
  uint32_t unknown3[2]; 
  
  SAM_KEY_DATA keys[2];
  uint32_t unknown4;
} DOMAIN_ACCOUNT_F, *PDOMAIN_ACCOUNT_F;
#pragma pack()

NTSTATUS DecryptSamKey(PSAM_KEY_DATA key_data, uint8_t syskey[]) {
  MD5_CTX ctx;
  RC4_KEY key;
  uint8_t dgst[MD5_DIGEST_LEN];
  
  // create key with salt and decrypt data
  MD5_Init(&ctx);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, key_data->Salt, SAM_SALT_LEN);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, QWERTY, strlen(QWERTY) + 1);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, syskey, SYSTEM_KEY_LEN);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, DIGITS, strlen(DIGITS) + 1);
  MD5_Final(dgst, &ctx);
  
  RC4_set_key(&key, MD5_DIGEST_LEN, dgst);
  RC4(&key, SAM_CHECKSUM_LEN + SAM_KEY_LEN, 
      key_data->Key, key_data->Key);
  
  // verify decryption was successful by generating checksum
  MD5_Init(&ctx);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, key_data->Key, SAM_KEY_LEN);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, DIGITS, strlen(DIGITS) + 1);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, key_data->Key, SAM_KEY_LEN);
  MD5_Update(&ctx, QWERTY, strlen(QWERTY) + 1);
  MD5_Final(dgst, &ctx);
  
  // compare with checksum and return status
  if (memcmp(dgst, key_data->CheckSum, SAM_CHECKSUM_LEN) == 0) {
    return STATUS_SUCCESS;
  }
  return STATUS_WRONG_PASSWORD;
}

NOTE: The strings didn’t format well for the blog but if you plan on using, let me know.

As you can see above, the Sam key is decrypted using System key and then a checksum is generated and compared with that stored in SAM_KEY_DATA
If they match, authentication succeeded, return STATUS_SUCCESS else STATUS_WRONG_PASSWORD

That’s pretty much how you can brute force the System Key when auth mode 1 is selected.

Recovery

Assuming you can read the F value from SAM hive, recovery is straight forward enough with the right libraries/code.

Following is just some pseudo code to demonstrate flow of recovery using dictionary attack.

    sam = openfile("offline_system\Windows\config\SAM");
   data = readreg(sam, "SAM\Domains\Account", "F")
 
  words = openfile("dictionary.txt")
 
  while (readfile(words, pwd)) {
    pwd2key(pwd, syskey)
    if (DecryptSamKey(data->keys[0], syskey) == STATUS_SUCCESS) {
      print "Found password: " + pwd
      break;
    }
  }
  closefile(words)
  closefile(sam)

LSA and NTDS algorithms call a hash function 1000 times during creation
of the encryption/decryption key while SAM algorithm doesn’t use any.

It’s not a vulnerability but could be useful to know some day.

Android Application Reverse Engineering. Reversing Angry Birds.

Ok, sick so this article has been a long time coming.

One of my pastimes is reverse engineering Android applications, just to see “what makes them tick”. In this article, in order to really drive this home, I will reverse engineer the popular “Angry Birds” application.

Due to time constraints and basic laziness, sovaldi I went for the first APK I could find – Angry Birds in Space.

Also, before anyone asks, in the following article I will NOT be releasing the Angry Birds source code. I simply am using it as a demo :)

First off, you will want to have the Unix “unzip” utility installed. We will be using this to unpack the .apk file.

Second, grab the following pieces of software:
dex2jar – http://code.google.com/p/dex2jar/ – for converting the .dex file into a .jar file :)
and
jd-gui – http://java.decompiler.free.fr/?q=jdgui – For decompiling the (.jar) Java file into its (.java) source code :)

Now, the idea behind this article is NOT to teach you to crack apps. Instead, this is the skillset needed to reverse engineer Android Malware – as seen in my previous post – http://insecurety.net/?p=637

So. You have your .apk file, the first thing we do is use the GNU Unzip utility to unpackage it!

$ unzip Angry_Birds_Space_Premium_1.3.0.apk

Next, use the d2j-dex2jar.sh utility from dex2jar to convert classes.dex to a JAR file.

$ ./dex2jar-0.0.9.9/d2j-dex2jar.sh classes.dex

Screenshot of the above 2 steps (I piped output to /dev/null to avoid MASSIVE SPAM OF DATA)

unzip and dex2jar

Next, we simply open the .JAR file using jd-gui.

Decompiling the JAR file

Finally we can simply export the source code from jd-gui for our viewing, and editing pleasure :)

So. In conclusion

  • Android applications are trivial to reverse engineer
  • Software for decompiling them is readily available
  • Fun times :D

 

Quick Post: Initial Analysis of “LuckyCat” APT Android Malware

First off, view I have not been writing as often as I like lately. Have a bunch of nice things half written, and no time at present to finish the damn things due to college. Anyway, online on with the show!

So I was browsing the Contagio Mobile Malware Dump and came across this: http://contagiominidump.blogspot.ie/2012/08/luckycata-android-apt-malware.html#more

I was intrigued. The “LuckyCat” APT people had come on my radar before for their elegant use of incredibly low-tech methods (old exploits, sickness very simplistic malware).

So, I decided to dissect this thing. Using Dex2Jar, Unzip and JD-GUI, I was able to quickly reduce the .apk to its source code (Java, ugh) and poke around.

Trend Micro had previously shown it seemed to have file manager functionality, remote command execution, and possibly phonebook theft features. So I decided to go look at its C&C.

I eventually found the following code in the “CMainControl.java” class:
private String strReIP = “greenfuns.3322.org”;
private String strRePort = “54321”;

Now, this lead me to think “So, it connects to that host on that port… Interesting”.

An nslookup shows this no longer seems to exist:
$ nslookup greenfuns.3322.org
Server:        192.168.1.254
Address:    192.168.1.254#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    greenfuns.3322.org
Address: 10.0.0.101

3322.org is, unless I am mistaken, a dynamic DNS provider.  A whois shows it to be China based, as expected.

While going over the source, I noticed a few strings with Chinese characters in them, further giving me the opinion this is another Chinese APT type threat thingy.

I did not, unfortunately, have time for anymore screwing with this, so without further ado, here is the download link to the malware and decompiled source. Password for zip files is “infected”, where needed.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bbj2y6w9zku10vw/LuckyCat-Android-Malware.zip

 

Password Algorithms: Cisco Unified Personal Communicator


This application took some time to acquire online because Cisco prevents you downloading unless you are:

  • Direct Customer
  • Partner-Reseller
  • Service Contract Owners
  • CCIE Professional
  • PICA Customer

I’ve installed on my Windows 7 workstation so results may differ.
There’s a checkbox beneath the username and password fields labelled Automatically Sign In which is disabled by default.

If you check this box, a DAT file will be created in your profile under the following path:

C:\Users\dietrich\AppData\Local\Cisco\Unified Communications\Client Services Framework\Config\Profile

The name of the file is generated by UuidCreate()
The contents are encoded with Base64 and once decoded into binary appears to be DPAPI blob.

  00000000 01 00 00 00 d0 8c 9d df 01 15 d1 11 8c 7a 00 c0      ....ð..¯..Ð..z.+
  00000010 4f c2 97 eb 01 00 00 00 57 4a ac d0 b9 66 a5 4b      O-.Ù....WJ¼ð¦fÑK
  00000020 b3 47 a3 ea 37 85 af 43 00 00 00 00 32 00 00 00      ¦GúÛ7.»C....2...
  00000030 61 00 75 00 74 00 68 00 5f 00 73 00 76 00 6e 00      a.u.t.h._.s.v.n.
  00000040 2e 00 73 00 69 00 6d 00 70 00 6c 00 65 00 2e 00      ..s.i.m.p.l.e...
  00000050 77 00 69 00 6e 00 63 00 72 00 79 00 70 00 74 00      w.i.n.c.r.y.p.t.

What’s interesting about this blob in particular is the description string which is: “auth_svn.simple.wincrypt”

I initially thought this may be part of some library and sure enough it was just that! :) LibSVN to be exact.

Here’s a snippet of the code in win32_crypto.c which uses the same description to encrypt data.

/*-----------------------------------------------------------------------*/
/* Windows simple provider, encrypts the password on Win2k and later.    */
/*-----------------------------------------------------------------------*/

/* The description string that's combined with unencrypted data by the
   Windows CryptoAPI. Used during decryption to verify that the
   encrypted data were valid. */
   
static const WCHAR description[] = L"auth_svn.simple.wincrypt";

/* Implementation of svn_auth__password_set_t that encrypts
   the incoming password using the Windows CryptoAPI. */
static svn_boolean_t
windows_password_encrypter(apr_hash_t *creds,
                           const char *realmstring,
                           const char *username,
                           const char *in,
                           apr_hash_t *parameters,
                           svn_boolean_t non_interactive,
                           apr_pool_t *pool)
{
  DATA_BLOB blobin;
  DATA_BLOB blobout;
  svn_boolean_t crypted;

  blobin.cbData = strlen(in);
  blobin.pbData = (BYTE*) in;
  crypted = CryptProtectData(&blobin, description, NULL, NULL, NULL,
                             CRYPTPROTECT_UI_FORBIDDEN, &blobout);
  if (crypted)
    {
      char *coded = apr_palloc(pool, apr_base64_encode_len(blobout.cbData));
      apr_base64_encode(coded, (const char*)blobout.pbData, blobout.cbData);
      crypted = svn_auth__simple_password_set(creds, realmstring, username,
                                              coded, parameters,
                                              non_interactive, pool);
      LocalFree(blobout.pbData);
    }

  return crypted;
}

Rather than write a decryption tool, I just dumped the contents of output returned by CryptUnprotectData() in debugger.

It’s an XML file which contains plaintext credentials and this is how Personal Communicator Automatically signs in. :)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
  <UserCredentialDetails><profileName>Profile1</profileName>
    <credentials><username>userid</username>
      <password>password</password>
      <credentialsType>PRESENCE_SERVICE</credentialsType>
      <rememberMe>true</rememberMe>
    </credentials>
  </UserCredentialDetails>

It may be possible to have multiple profiles but I didn’t look into it.

Password Algorithms: Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9

Introduction

IE10 on Windows 8 uses a different algorithm for encryption and storage so I might follow up with separate entry later. For now I’m analysing version 9.0.9 on Windows 7.
Everything here should work fine with legacy IE 7 and 8.

Considering customers may avoid migrating to Windows 8, I thought this protection was still worth covering in detail.

Storage

All autocomplete entries for a user are stored in NTUSER.DAT and they consist of a SHA-1 hash and DPAPI blob. Here’s a dump of some hashes from my own system..

C:\>reg query "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2
    6FBD22A243E7F5A0D660199683F52543E80CEB99EC    REG_BINARY    01000000D08C9DDF0115D1118. . .
    DF11F9BE8F0049A2FBFF29C6D49FE77383C2A6783A    REG_BINARY    01000000D08C9DDF0115D1118. . .
    E4CE6B2B79515319A7360D97E3B217F2FC843CC019    REG_BINARY    01000000D08C9DDF0115D1118. . .

The blobs have been truncated to avoid potential offline decryption.
Whenever IE connects to a site which requires login credentials, it will:

  1. Derive SHA-1 checksum of lowercase(URL).
  2. Search for the checksum in autocomplete entries.
  3. If checksum is found, decrypt DPAPI blob using URL and autofill the login fields.

Generation

Take the second hash..

DF11F9BE8F0049A2FBFF29C6D49FE77383C2A678 3A

This is a SHA-1 checksum of the unicode string “https://accounts.google.com/servicelogin”
The last byte 0x3A is a checksum based on addition of each byte in SHA-1 result.
The following function demonstrates this with Windows crypto API

bool GetUrlHash(std::wstring url, std::wstring &result) {

  HCRYPTPROV hProv;
  HCRYPTHASH hHash;
  
  bool bResult = false;
  
  std::transform(url.begin(), url.end(), url.begin(), ::tolower); 
  
  if (CryptAcquireContext(&hProv, NULL, NULL, PROV_RSA_FULL, 
      CRYPT_VERIFYCONTEXT)) {
      
    if (CryptCreateHash(hProv, CALG_SHA1, 0, 0, &hHash)) {
      if (CryptHashData(hHash, (PBYTE)url.c_str(), 
          url.length() * sizeof(wchar_t) + 2, 0)) {

        BYTE bHash[20];
        DWORD dwHashLen = sizeof(bHash);
        
        if ((bResult = CryptGetHashParam(hHash, HP_HASHVAL, bHash, 
            &dwHashLen, 0))) {
            
          BYTE chksum = 0;
          wchar_t ch[4];
          
          for (size_t i = 0;i < 20 + 1;i++) {
            BYTE x;
            
            if (i < 20) {
              x = bHash[i];
              chksum += x;
            } else {
              x = chksum;
            }
            wsprintf(ch, L"%02X", x);
            
            result.push_back(ch[0]);
            result.push_back(ch[1]);
          }
        }
      }
      CryptDestroyHash(hHash);      
    }
    CryptReleaseContext(hProv, 0);
  }
  return bResult;
}

Each username and password is stored in unicode format.
If there’s more than 1 set of credentials for the same URL, these will be added to the existing data.

The problem is that the actual structure for an entry is officially undocumented.
Fortunately, there’s an older revision of the structure online which helps a lot! :)

enum { MAX_STRINGS = 200 };   
enum { INDEX_SIGNATURE=0x4B434957 };
enum { INIT_BUF_SIZE=1024 };
enum { LIST_DATA_PASSWORD = 1 };

struct StringIndex {
  DWORD   dwSignature;
  DWORD   cbStringSize;   // up to not including first StringEntry
  DWORD   dwNumStrings;   // Num of StringEntry present
  INT64   iData;          // Extra data for string list user
  
  struct tagStringEntry {
    union
    {
      DWORD_PTR   dwStringPtr;    // When written to store
      LPWSTR      pwszString;     // When loaded in memory
    };
    FILETIME    ftLastSubmitted;
    DWORD       dwStringLen;        // Length of this string
  }
  StringEntry[];
};

Parsing a decrypted blob using this structure for reference caused a few headaches and required minor changes. In IEFrame.dll, CryptProtectData() is used with URL as entropy to encrypt StringIndex + credentials.

The next problem is discovering the original URL used as entropy and this is what makes IE password algorithm quite good..

Obtaining URLs

There are a number of ways to harvest URLs for the purpose of recovering IE7-IE9 passwords. The Cache normally has a list of websites visited which can be enumerated.
Here’s one such way using COM

void EnumCache1() {
  HRESULT hr = CoInitialize(NULL);
  
  if (SUCCEEDED(hr)) {
    IUrlHistoryStg2 *pHistory = NULL;
    hr = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_CUrlHistory, NULL, 
        CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER, 
        IID_IUrlHistoryStg2,(void**)(&pHistory));
    
    if (SUCCEEDED(hr)) {
      IEnumSTATURL *pUrls = NULL;
      hr = pHistory->EnumUrls(&pUrls);
            
      if (SUCCEEDED(hr)) {
        while (TRUE) {
          STATURL st;
          ULONG result;
          
          hr = pUrls->Next(1, &st, &result);
          
          if (SUCCEEDED(hr) && result == 1) {
           
            AddUrl(st.pwcsUrl);
            
          } else {
            break;
          }
        }
        pUrls->Release();
      }
      pHistory->Release();
    }
    CoUninitialize();
  }  
}

And another using WININET API

void EnumCache2()   
{   
  HANDLE hEntry;   
  DWORD dwSize;
  BYTE buffer[8192];
  LPINTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFO info = (LPINTERNET_CACHE_ENTRY_INFO) buffer;
  
  dwSize = 8192;
  hEntry = FindFirstUrlCacheEntry(NULL, info, &dwSize);
  
  if (hEntry != NULL) {
    do {
      if (info->CacheEntryType != COOKIE_CACHE_ENTRY) {
        AddUrl(info->lpszSourceUrlName);
      }
      dwSize = 8192;    
    } while (FindNextUrlCacheEntry(hEntry, info, &dwSize));   
    FindCloseUrlCache(hEntry);
  }
}

To take things a bit further, you could also parse index.dat files but I won’t go into that here since it’s in the realm of forensics.
A better approach is probably reading a list of URLs harvested from the internet.

Recovery

Recovery is close to how IE7-IE9 process decrypts entries except we’re forcing the decryption process using a list of URL.
The following collects a list of auto complete entries


#define MAX_URL_HASH 255
#define MAX_URL_DATA 8192

typedef struct _IE_STORAGE_ENTRY {
  std::wstring UrlHash;
  DWORD cbData;
  BYTE pbData[MAX_URL_DATA];
} IE_STORAGE_ENTRY, *PIE_STORAGE_ENTRY;

DWORD GetAutocompleteEntries() {

  HKEY hKey;
  DWORD dwResult;
  
  dwResult = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, 
      L"Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\IntelliForms\\Storage2",
      0, KEY_QUERY_VALUE, &hKey);
  
  if (dwResult == ERROR_SUCCESS) {
    DWORD dwIndex = 0;
    
    while (TRUE) {
      IE_STORAGE_ENTRY entry;
      
      DWORD cbUrl = MAX_URL_HASH;
      wchar_t UrlHash[MAX_URL_HASH];
      
      entry.cbData = MAX_URL_DATA;
      
      dwResult = RegEnumValue(hKey, dwIndex, UrlHash, &cbUrl, 
          NULL, 0, entry.pbData, &entry.cbData);
      
      if (dwResult == ERROR_SUCCESS) {
        entry.UrlHash = UrlHash;
        ac_entries.push_back(entry);
      } else if (dwResult == ERROR_NO_MORE_ITEMS) {
        break;
      }
      dwIndex++;
    }
    RegCloseKey(hKey);
  }  
  return ac_entries.size();
}

Now with list of URL strings and autocomplete entries, we can attempt to decrypt using CryptUnprotectData() The decrypted data is then parsed based on the StringIndex structure.

void ParseBlob(PBYTE pInfo, const wchar_t *url) {
  
  StringIndex* pBlob = (StringIndex*)pInfo;

  // get offset of data
  PBYTE pse = (PBYTE)&pInfo[pBlob->cbHdrSize + pBlob->cbStringSize1];
  
  // process 2 entries for each login
  for (DWORD i = 0;i < pBlob->dwNumStrings;i += 2) {
  
    // get username and password
    wchar_t *username = (wchar_t*)&pse[pBlob->StringEntry[i + 0].dwStringPtr];
    wchar_t *password = (wchar_t*)&pse[pBlob->StringEntry[i + 1].dwStringPtr];
    
    bool bTime;
    wchar_t last_logon[MAX_PATH];
    
    if (lstrlen(password) > 0) {
      // get last time this was used
      FILETIME ft;
      SYSTEMTIME st;

      FileTimeToLocalFileTime(&pBlob->StringEntry[i].ftLastSubmitted, &ft);
      FileTimeToSystemTime(&ft, &st);

      bTime = (GetDateFormatW(LOCALE_SYSTEM_DEFAULT, 0, &st, L"MM/dd/yyyy", last_logon, MAX_PATH) > 0);
    } else {
      bTime = false;
    }
    wprintf(L"\n%-30s  %-20s  %-15s %s", username, password, bTime ? last_logon : L"NEVER", url);
  }
}

Conclusion

Because the URL is used as entropy, that can be problemtatic recovering all autocomplete entries.
It would be simple to recover credentials of popular services like Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Hotmail..etc but the less well known services would be problem unless URL was stored in cache.

Password Algorithms: Bomgar Remote Desktop Software

Introduction

This will just be a short write up on something I looked at earlier today out of curiosity.
Bomgar is a Remote Desktop application used mainly by corporations.
I’m not entirely sure why it’s preferred over other Remote Desktop solutions; see comparisons here.

One could speculate it’s due to support of multiple operating systems.
In addition to support for Windows and Linux, there’s also iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Mac OS.
For large corporations and government agencies, Bomgar’s certainly a good choice.

Anyway, I’m not trying to endorse it, just discuss the password algorithm used to protect a technicians credentials.
Just in case there’s any misunderstanding, no corporations were harmed as a result of this research :P

Storage

I’ve installed the trial version on Windows 7 and saved my username and password provided by Bomgar through e-mail.
Depending on where you’ve installed your configuration, this next part may differ for you.
My configuration was stored under:

C:\Users\dietrich\AppData\Local\Bomgar\Representative\<portal domain>\bomgar.ini

I’ve removed the portal domain as it’s not important here.
Inside bomgar.ini there are 2 properties lUsername and lPassword which have 2 strings assigned to them.
The following are just dummy entries to illustrate.

lUsername="@-@-01VGhlcmUgaXMgbm90aGluZyBoZXJl"
lPassword="@-@-01cGFzc3dvcmQgaGVyZQ=="

Note that each entry is padded with random bytes and will be longer than dummy entries above.
The string prefix “@-@-01″ is just an identifier and isn’t important.
You can remove this and pass the string through base64 decoder which leaves you with ciphertext.
At this point, I had to dig into the representative console and anaylse what’s done with the binary once it’s decoded.

Recovery

The encryption/decryption process uses RC4 and a static key which is a little peculiar.

/* just a mishmash of strings */

uint8_t static_key[] = 
{ 0x30, 0x31, 0x32, 0x33, 0x34, 0x35, 0x36, 0x37,
  0x38, 0x39, 0x41, 0x42, 0x43, 0x44, 0x45, 0x46,
  0x01, 0x02, 0x03, 0x30, 0x31, 0x32, 0x33, 0x34,
  0x35, 0x36, 0x37, 0x38, 0x39, 0x61, 0x62, 0x63,
  0x64, 0x65, 0x66, 0x04, 0x77, 0x30, 0x32, 0x6d,
  0x58, 0x30, 0x40, 0x2d, 0x78, 0x31, 0x01, 0x14,
  0x91, 0x0a, 0xd1, 0xb1, 0x52, 0x66, 0x32, 0x39,
  0x31, 0x32, 0x76, 0x6f, 0x69, 0x64, 0x20, 0x2a,
  0x67, 0x65, 0x74, 0x6d, 0x65, 0x6d, 0x28, 0x69,
  0x6e, 0x74, 0x2c, 0x69, 0x6e, 0x74, 0x2c, 0x69,
  0x6e, 0x74, 0x29 };

The decryption/encryption is the same, using RC4

void bomgar_crypt(uint8_t ciphertext[], size_t len) {
  RC4_KEY key;
  uint8_t plaintext[32];
  
  memset(plaintext, 0, sizeof(plaintext));

  RC4_set_key(&key, sizeof(static_key), static_key);
  RC4(&key, len > 32 ? 32 : len, ciphertext, plaintext);

  for (int i = 0;i < 32;i++) {
    printf("%02x ", plaintext[i]);
  }
}

How to determine the exact length of username/password I leave up to you.
Just a note to the authors, I could recommend using CryptProtectData() on Windows and the Gnome-Keyring for Linux as they both provide more security than the existing algorithm.
The recovery demonstrated here isn’t very significant since the attacker needs Administrator privileges.

Enjoy Labor day! ;)

Password Algorithms: Skype (Windows)

Introduction

There’s a fantastic article by Fabrice Desclaux and Kostya Kortchinsky which describes the encryption and structures used but doesn’t provide any code.

The article indicates it isn’t possible to decrypt the password which probably explains the lack of code by other people.

Taken from the article…

If told to, Skype will save in the config.xml file

  • The login MD5 hash (username\nskyper\password)
  • The generated RSA private key
  • The Skype encrypted corresponding RSA public key

Everything is heavily encrypted, but in a symmetric way :)
The following algorithms are used

  • CryptProtectData(), CryptUnprotectData()
  • SHA-1
  • AES-256
  • “FastTrack Cipher”
  • 1024+ bit RSA

Only an MD5 hash of password is stored in the user’s profile and it’s encrypted with AES-256
Once hash is decrypted, the only recovery methods available are dictionary attack or variation of brute force.

The information here applies to version 5.10.0.116 but should also work without hitch on some older versions (4.2 was also tested)

Storage

There are 2 things required in order to dump the MD5 hash.

  1. DPAPI blob :
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Skype\ProtectedStorage

  2. Credentials ciphertext :
    %APPDATA%\Skype\<login id>\config.xml

The DPAPI blob is just stored as binary and can be passed straight to CryptUnprotectData()

C:\>reg query HKCU\Software\Skype\ProtectedStorage

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Skype\ProtectedStorage
    0    REG_BINARY    01000000D08C9DDF0115D1118C7A00C04FC297EB01000

The Credentials are hexadecimal string stored in XML file

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config version="1.0" serial="66" timestamp="1344481520.27">
  <Lib>
    <Account>
      <Credentials3>322EBDF6D922E91F7EB68

As a result of the XML file I ended up using the following libraries from here:

  • libxml2-2.7.8.win32.zip
  • iconv-1.9.2.win32.zip
  • openssl-0.9.8a.win32.zip
  • zlib-1.2.5.win32.zip

Generation

The following demonstrates creation of the MD5 hash using OpenSSL

void GenHash(const char *id, const char *pwd) {
    MD5_CTX ctx;
    const char *skype = "\nskyper\n";
    u_int8_t dgst[32];
    
    MD5_Init(&ctx);
    MD5_Update(&ctx, id, strlen(id));
    MD5_Update(&ctx, skype, strlen(skype));
    MD5_Update(&ctx, pwd, strlen(pwd));
    MD5_Final(dgst, &ctx);

    printf("\n  Login ID = %s"
           "\n  Password = %s"
           "\n  MD5 hash = ", id, pwd);
    
    for (int i = 0;i < 16;i++) {
      printf("%02x", dgst[i]);
    }
    printf("\n");
}
.....
C:\>skype_dump username password
  ...
  Login ID = username
  Password = password
  MD5 hash = 27f6a9d892475e6ce0391de8d2d893f7

Recovery

To extract the Credentials ciphertext, you could read the contents of config.xml and scan for <Credentials3> and </Credentials3>
Here, I’m using LibXML :P

bool GetCredentials(BYTE ciphertext[], std::string config_xml) {    
    bool bFound = false;
    
    // try open config.xml
    xmlTextReaderPtr reader;
    reader = xmlReaderForFile(config_xml.c_str(), NULL, 0);
    
    // tested with Credentials2 or Credentials3
    const xmlChar *credentials; 
    credentials = (const xmlChar*)"Credentials";

    if (reader != NULL) {
    
      // while nodes are available
      while (xmlTextReaderRead(reader) == 1) {
        // get name
        const xmlChar *name;
        name = xmlTextReaderConstName(reader);
        if (name == NULL) continue;

        // equal to credentials we're searching for?
        if (xmlStrncmp(credentials, name, xmlStrlen(credentials)) == 0) {

          // read the next value
          if (xmlTextReaderRead(reader) == 1) {
            const xmlChar *value;
            value = xmlTextReaderConstValue(reader);
            
            for (int i = 0;i < 16;i++) {
              sscanf((const char*)&value[i * 2], "%02x", &ciphertext[i]);
            }
            bFound = true;
            break;
          }
        }
      }
      xmlFreeTextReader(reader);
    }
    xmlCleanupParser();
    return bFound;
}

Obtain the salt which is passed to SHA-1 before being used to create AES key.

PBYTE GetSalt(DWORD &cbSalt) {
    BYTE aBlob[2048];
    DWORD cbSize = sizeof(aBlob);
    const char skype_path[] = "Software\\Skype\\ProtectedStorage";
    
    LSTATUS lStatus = SHGetValue(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, skype_path, 
        "0", 0, aBlob, &cbSize);
      
    if (lStatus != ERROR_SUCCESS) {
      printf("  Unable to open skype key : %08x", lStatus);
      return NULL;
    }

    DATA_BLOB in, out;
    
    in.pbData = aBlob;
    in.cbData = cbSize;
    
    if (CryptUnprotectData(&in, NULL, NULL, NULL, 
        NULL, 0, &out)) {
      cbSalt = out.cbData;
      return out.pbData;
    } else {
      printf("  Unable to decrypt skype entry.");
    }
    return NULL;
}

Then with both the ciphertext and salt, we can decrypt MD5 hash…

void DecryptHash(PBYTE pbCipherText, PBYTE pbSalt, DWORD cbSalt) {
    
    SHA_CTX ctx;
    AES_KEY key;
    
    u_int8_t dgst[40], buffer[AES_BLOCK_SIZE];
    
    memset(&buffer, 0, sizeof(buffer));
    
    // use counter mode + SHA-1 to generate key
    for (ULONG i = 0;i < 2;i++) {
      ULONG ulIndex = _byteswap_ulong(i);
        
      SHA1_Init(&ctx);
      SHA1_Update(&ctx, &ulIndex, sizeof(ulIndex));
      SHA1_Update(&ctx, pbSalt, cbSalt);
      SHA1_Final(&dgst[i*20], &ctx);
    }
    
    AES_set_encrypt_key(dgst, 256, &key);
    AES_encrypt(buffer, buffer, &key);
    
    printf("\n  MD5 hash = ");
    
    // decrypt MD5 hash with XOR
    for (int i = 0;i < 16;i++) {
      printf("%02x", pbCipherText[i] ^ buffer[i]);
    }
    printf("\n");
}

Conclusion

If you want to know more about the internals of Skype, I’d strongly recommend the “Vanilla Skype” papers 1 and 2

It’s safe to say MD5 isn’t a good choice of algorithms for protecting passwords.
Maybe as more recovery tools become available, Microsoft will revise the code to use something stronger.
source code

Password Algorithms: Yahoo Messenger

Introduction

OPSWAT listed Yahoo Messenger as the 3rd most popular IM application in June 2011 with 15.10% of market share.

I read Slicks in-depth analysis already and other claims of recovery being “impossible” so I was interested to see if any progress could be made upon Slicks earlier work.

As Slick indicates in his article, it would appear the only login information stored on the user’s computer is a token, therefore you can certainly transfer the token to another machine but you can’t recover the plaintext password.

Storage

Based on version 11.5.0 which is the latest release, if the user checks “Remember My ID and password”, the application will store some session information in the user’s personal registry file: NTUSER.DAT

C:>reg query "HKCU\Software\Yahoo\pager" /v ETS

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Yahoo\pager
    ETS REG_SZ  eJxjZGBguNAz9z6j6EXBniqGA/6Hpr9mBIq90W3gn8fk6T . . .

The above value is truncated but from analysing the binaries, it’s definitely a Base64 string.

Algorithm

If you pass the ETS string to OpenSSL for decoding, it reveals a ZLib blob which you can tell from the first couple of bytes. 0x78 0x9c

# hexdump ets.bin
00000000: 78 9c 63 64 60 60 b8 d0 - 33 f7 3e a3 e8 45 c1 9e   x.cd.... 3....E..
00000010: 2a 86 03 fe 87 a6 bf 66 - 04 8a bd d1 6d e0 9f c7   .......f ....m...
00000020: e4 e9 3a 6d 8a d0 c7 43 - ba 8d 6b 80 42 0c 4c 20   ...m...C ..k.B.L.
00000030: 82 81 39 8d 81 61 05 90 - 16 00 e2 9a da fe 63 a5   ..9..a.. ......

We can decompress this stream using Zpipe and dump it once again to see the results.

# zpipe -d < ets.bin > unknown.bin
# hexdump unknown.bin
00000000: 01 00 00 00 d0 8c 9d df - 01 15 d1 11 8c 7a 00 c0   ........ .....z..
00000010: 4f c2 97 eb 01 00 00 00 - ec 2d 80 0f 9e 02 49 45   O....... ......IE
00000020: 96 94 12 f1 c2 2d 81 ac - 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00   ........ ........
00000030: 00 00 03 66 00 00 a8 00 - 00 00 10 00 00 00 7c 7d   ...f.... ........

The above binary data is a DPAPI blob and this is passed to CryptUnprotectData using some entropy.

The entropy is the string “MBCS sucks” with the Yahoo id appended, for example.

MBCS suckssomeyahooid@domain.com

The result of the decrypted DPAPI blob is a Yahoo 64 encoded string which Slick discusses in his article.
My own cookie/token looked something like the following:

ALRX7U8E1cicRDzhXXX5vlue_Mg.9BmHv25VeQRdTriqUbw6MccGEg--

The Yahoo 64 algorithm uses same alphabet as standard Base64 except the last 2 bytes are different and padding uses “-” instead of “=”

"ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789._"

Conclusion

We’ve seen how it’s possible to dump the token from the registry which can at least in theory be used to login from another system.

Perhaps in future entry the token generation can be revealed :)

To be continued . . .