Currently there are a few ways to dump Active Directory and local password hashes. Until recently, the techniques I had seen used to get the hashes either relied on injecting code in to LSASS or using the Volume Shadow Copy service to obtain copies of the files which contain the hashes. I have created a PowerShell script called Invoke-NinjaCopy that allows any file (including NTDS.dit) to be copied without starting suspicious services, injecting in to processes, or elevating to SYSTEM. But first, a little background.
A few months back I saw this awesome blog post: http://www.josho.org/blog/blog/2013/03/07/samex/. Rather than attempting to read files using the Win32 API (which enforces things such as read handle locks, SACL, DACL, etc.), the author wrote a tool that obtains a read handle to the C volume (something an administrator account can do). This gives him the ability to read the raw bytes of the entire volume. The tool then parses the NTFS structures on the C volume, determines where on the volume the bytes for a particular file reside, scans to the location and copies the files bytes. This allows the tool to get access to files even though LSASS has the file locked, and doesn’t require starting the Volume Shadow Copy service (which might look suspicious if it isn’t normally used).
I wanted something a little more generic (SAMex only dumps files related to password hashes on the C volume): a tool that allows me to copy any file on any volume. I want to be able to make copies of NTDS.dit and registry hives, but also any other file (such as a file protected by a SACL). I also want the tool to be written in PowerShell so it can be run remotely without writing hacker tools to disk.
Initially, I was going to write a parser in PowerShell, but then I realized there are already NTFS parsers written in C++ such as this one: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/81456/An-NTFS-Parser-Lib. Rather than write an NTFS parser in PowerShell, it made a lot more sense to compile an existing NTFS parser as a DLL and load it up in Invoke-ReflectivePEInjection.
I was able to get the NTFS parser loaded up in PowerShell in several hours, which goes to show how easy and fast it is to turn existing native code applications in to sneaky PowerShell tools.
The result is Invoke-NinjaCopy. A PowerShell script capable of copying NTDS.dit, Registry hives, and any other file sitting on an NTFS volume by obtaining a read handle to the volume and parsing NTFS. This does not require elevating to SYSTEM, injecting in to SYSTEM processes, or starting new services/suspicious programs.
.\Invoke-NinjaCopy.ps1 -path c:\windows\system32\config\system -localdestination c:\test\system -verbose -computername workstationvm VERBOSE: PowerShell ProcessID: 3196 VERBOSE: Copied 5242880 bytes. 6553600 Bytes remaining VERBOSE: Copied 10485760 bytes. 1310720 Bytes remaining VERBOSE: Copied 11796480 bytes. 0 Bytes remaining