Extracting User Credentials using Memory Forensics
- Alissa Torres
- Tuesday, September 16th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Though Windows credential extraction and password cracking are often categorized as offensive skills, used by pentesters and sophisticated attackers, digital forensic examiners and incident responders can also put these techniques to use to further their investigations. Just by parsing a physical memory image of a Windows system, local and domain user account password hashes can be pulled from the registry hives and plaintext credentials can be extracted from the wdigest in the lsass process for logged on users. For employee or criminal investigations, cracking a user's logon password can allow the examiner access to encrypted files or accounts due to frequent password re-use by users. Likewise, in intrusion cases, being able to dump credentials from a compromised system allows the IR team to assess what accesses the attacker was able to acquire, providing for better scoping of the intrusion. This webcast walks through several practical forensics use cases for Windows credential extraction from memory and includes excerpts from the SANS FOR526: Memory Forensics In-Depth class.
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