Dark Reading: New Open Source Tools Launched for Adversary Simulation

On August 10, NetSPI Senior Director Scott Sutherland was featured in the Dark Reading article called New Open Source Tools Launched for Adversary Simulation. Read the preview below or view it online.


Network shares in Active Directory environments configured with excessive permissions pose serious risks to the enterprise in the form of data exposure, privilege escalation, and ransomware attacks. Two new open source adversary simulation tools PowerHuntShares and PowerHunt help enterprise defenders discover vulnerable network shares and manage the attack surface.

The tools will help defense, identity and access management (IAM), and security operations center (SOC) teams streamline share hunting and remediation of excessive SMB share permissions in Active Directory environments, NetSPI’s senior director Scott Sutherland wrote on the company blog. Sutherland developed these tools.

PowerHuntShares inventories, analyzes, and reports excessive privilege assigned to SMB shares on Active Directory domain joined computers. The PowerHuntShares tool addresses the risks of excessive share permissions in Active Directory environments that can lead to data exposure, privilege escalation, and ransomware attacks within enterprise environments.

“PowerHuntShares will inventory SMB share ACLs configured with ‘excessive privileges’ and highlight ‘high risk’ ACLs [access control lists],” Sutherland wrote.

PowerHunt, a modular threat hunting framework, identifies signs of compromise based on artifacts from common MITRE ATT&CK techniques and detects anomalies and outliers specific to the target environment. The tool automates the collection of artifacts at scale using PowerShell remoting and perform initial analysis. 

You can read the full article at Dark Reading!

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