SMB hash hijacking & user tracking in MS Outlook

Microsoft (MS) Outlook could be abused to send SMB handshakes externally after a victim opened or simply viewed an email. A WebDAV request was sent even when the SMB port was blocked. This could be used to crack a victim’s password when the SMB hash was sent externally, or to receive a notification when an email had been viewed by a victim.

This issue was partially patched in July 2017 (CVE-2017-8572). According to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), CVE-2017-11927 that was released in December 2017 had also patched a number of payloads. This patch was updated in May 2018 to address the remaining issues that were mentioned in this report.

The full article can be viewed in NCC Group’s website: https://www.nccgroup.trust/uk/about-us/newsroom-and-events/blogs/2018/may/smb-hash-hijacking-and-user-tracking-in-ms-outlook/

The GitHub project is accessible at https://github.com/nccgroup/OutlookLeakTest.

PDF version of the blog post published by NCC Group can be downloaded from:

https://soroush.secproject.com/downloadable/outlook_smb_hash_hijacking.pdf

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