In many cases Red Team tools are not written because someone feels like writing a tool, or wakes up one morning thinking, “I want to write a tool today”. Red Teamers generally identify tedious tasks in their methodology and then create tools that automate these tasks for current and future assessments. As my boss likes to say, jokingly: laziness breeds ingenuity!

At Mandiant, we’ve developed (or significantly contributed to) a fair number of tools and scripts to make our lives easier. In order to ensure the broader security community is aware of these tools and where to download them from, we’re going to start releasing a “tool roundup” blog post on a semi-regular basis. The intent of these blog posts is to highlight newly developed tools, or major changes to existing tools. We also make this a fun read by including some case studies to demonstrate tool use.

Our Red Team is frequently introduced to diverse networks, technologies, defenses, and organizational structures. Each network presents new challenges that must be overcome, and with all clients, there is overlap with infrastructure and configuration. Existing public tools might not scale properly in larger environments or might not help the Red Team address specific phases of an attack life cycle. The tools being discussed have all been revised or developed in some form or fashion over the last couple of months. We hope they make your engagements easier and bring awareness to the community.

Domain Enumeration

Tool: ADEnumerator (

Domain enumeration is an essential task during the reconnaissance phase of the attack life cycle. When you compromise a domain-joined system, it is fairly simple to enumerate objects from the domain using Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) or the Windows “net” commands. ADSI works well from non-domain joined systems using the “runas” command with the “netonly” switch, as shown in Figure 1. It can be a hassle to craft detailed LDAP queries for ADSI to perform domain enumeration, so we automated this processing using raw LDAP queries in a tool called ADEnumerator.

Figure 1. Using PowerShell and ADSI for domain enumeration

ADEnumerator is a PowerShell module designed to query Active Directory servers from non-domain systems. The following use cases apply to ADEnumerator:

  1. You harvest domain credentials from a printer, via NBNS spoofing, etc., and want to start performing domain enumeration. Note: Any domain user credential can query LDAP.
  2. You want to gather more information about an account you harvested. Group naming conventions often reveal where you can use those credentials (for example, group name {systemName}_localAdmin).
  3. You are provided with credentials to start an internal penetration test from a known compromise perspective, but not a domain-joined system.
  4. You want to perform Active Directory enumeration from the command line so you can chain commands together.

Figure 2 demonstrates importing the ADEnumerator.psm1 module, establishing an LDAP connection to a domain controller, and executing various domain enumeration methods. There are plenty of additional methods within ADEnumerator – see the header of the script for a full list of methods.

Figure 2. ADEnumertor.psm1 import and enumeration

Alternatively, you can install Remote Server Administration Tools on your attack platform and use “runas” to execute “mmc” and add the Active Directory snap-in. Then you can change the domain to your target domain and view the entire Active Directory structure in a GUI, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Active Directory snap-in running as different user

Privilege Escalation and Lateral Movement

Tools: CredNinja ( & WMIOps (

Have you been in a situation where you have a list of more than 100 credentials, but you are not sure which credentials are valid? Or, you’re not sure which credentials have administrative rights to a target system? CredNinja was created for just that (and it can do more!). Use cases and general functionality are as follows:

  • Leverages SMB access (TCP port 445)
  • Attempts to mount C$ of all provided systems, returns:

        o   Logon Failure – Invalid credentials (protection against locking out accounts included)
        o   Access Denied – Not local admin
        o   File listing – Local admin!

  • Multi-threaded – so you can scale properly in those large environments
  • Fingerprints target operating system version and domain membership
  • If “–users” flag is enabled, it will perform a directory listing of “C:\Users” (or C:\Documents and Settings if its XP), look at the timestamp of all the home folders, and print out the users that have a home folder modified timestamp of within 100 days (this value is customizable, but the default is 100 days).
        o   Provides a quick user-hunting functionality to identify active users on the targeted system.

CredNinja is very useful when performing privilege escalation and lateral movement because you can identify systems for which your credentials have elevated privileges, and continue dumping credentials on those systems. Figure 4 demonstrates the power of CredNinja by identifying various systems where the domain credentials have local administrator rights, and whether or not credentials are invalid. CredNinja can also be run against a single system to clean up your credential list by removing invalid credentials.

Figure 4. CredNinja run against various systems using credential list

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the new hotness in terms of offensive capabilities. WMIOps is a PowerShell script that uses WMI to perform a variety of actions on hosts, local or remote, within a Windows environment. It was designed primarily for use on penetration tests or Red Team engagements. Some existing tools use WMI for offensive tasks; WMIOps was built to combine these techniques into a single tool to accomplish various tasks in the attack life cycle.

Figure 5 shows the Get-ProcessOwnersWMI method in WMIOps to get a list of users from target system Win7-Client02. User “Dick.Grayson” had local administrator privileges on Win7-Client02 and was authorized to execute arbitrary WMI commands. User “Bruce.Wayne” had running processes on Win7-Client02, which indicates that the user potentially has clear text credentials stored in Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS).

To obtain credentials for “Bruce.Wayne”, WMIOps method Invoke-RemoteScriptWithOutput is used in Figure 6 to execute a remote PowerShell process that issues command “Invoke-Expression” to download and execute the “Invoke-Mimikatz” script over HTTPS. The command also instructs the output to be sent to web server listening on HTTPS. Mimikatz output was sent to the web server, as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 5. Get-ProcessOwnersWMI method in WMIOps to get a list of users with running processes

Figure 6. Invoke-RemoteScriptWithOutput method to call Invoke-Mimikatz and send output to the "callbacksite"

Figure 7. Mimikatz output sent from the command executed in Figure 4

Initial Vectors

Tool: EyeWitness (

One of the most common initial vectors into a network is default credentials to known web administrative portals such as Jboss, Apache Tomcat, Jenkins, etc. EyeWitness is known to scale networks by taking screenshots of the web page of each web server identified in your reconnaissance phase. We added an “active-scan” module to EyeWitness that provides the following functionalities:

  • Signature authentication – Checks if the host has a known default credential signature and attempts to login using default credentials stored in a data file.
  • Check for login – Checks to see if the root path is a web login form, or is HTTP basic authentication, and attempts to authenticate to the web application using username and password combinations stored in a data file.
  • Append URLs to check for logins – Appends a list of common login pages to the web root directory. Examples of these pages are “admin”, “login”, “login.php” and more. The list of pages is stored in a data file so that it is easily customizable; feel free to add more and contribute!
        o   If a page receives a HTTP 200 response code, it will check to see if it’s a login form.
        o   EyeWitness will attempt to login to the form using username and password combinations stored in a data file.

The “active-scan” Boolean flag is shown in Figure 8. Example report and console output is shown in Figure 9 and Figure 10. An additional category called “Identified Logins” is also added to the report if EyeWitness identified a login, but was not able to authenticate to it. If you want to learn more about this module, a full blog post on this module was written here:

Figure 8. Active-scan flag in EyeWitness

Figure 9. Successful authentication using the active-scan module

Figure 10. EyeWitness report output

Attacker Simulation

Tool: Egress-Assess (

The combined capabilities of Mandiant, FireEye, and iSIGHT Partners brings unparalleled threat intelligence and technology to every engagement. Clients regularly ask us to identify threat actors targeting their industry specifically and to emulate their TTPs to assess the organization’s current detection capabilities. Egress-Assess is a Python tool that was created to emulate known attacker TTPs, such as IP addresses and Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs) connecting to the Internet. Egress-Assess is publicly available; however, Mandiant maintains a proprietary version of Egress-Assess that contains known network-based indicators (NBIs) that replicate real threat groups.

Egress-Assess modifies the host value in the HTTP(s) header request to be a known-bad IP address or FQDN, and generates web requests to known-bad URIs. Furthermore, the tool can generate fake PII, PHI, or PCI data to emulate data theft. We use Egress-Assess to assess our client’s detection capabilities by emulating real threat group indicators and/or data theft. A list of supported threat actor groups available in the public version of Egress-Assess is shown in Figure 11. If you want to learn more about this Egress-Assess, a full blog post on this module was written here:

Figure 11. List of threat actors available in Egress-Assess


These are just a handful of tools and practical examples of using those tools for Red Team operations. We encourage you to play with these tools and start using them on your assessments or in your labs.

We want to reemphasize that each tool was created or modified as the need was identified. It can be very exciting to identify a need and develop tools and techniques to automate a task or accomplish an objective. Some tools introduce new techniques to accomplish a goal, while other tools simply automate existing tools and techniques to scale better. Whatever your motive, introducing new tools and techniques is an excellent way to provide awareness in our industry and generate higher quality security.