Skip to content

135,593 - Pentesting MS-RPC

MS-RPC (Microsoft Remote Procedure Call) is a protocol that allows requesting service from a program on another computer without having to understand the details of that computer's network. An MS-RPC service can be accessed through different transport protocols.


sudo nmap -p 135,593 -sC -sV -vv $IP


rpcclient -U '' -N $IP

There are many interesting named pipes that allow various operations from NULL sessions context, to local administrative context.

  • \pipe\lsarpc
  • \pipe\lsarpc
  • \pipe\samr
  • \pipe\atsvc
  • \pipe\winreg
  • \pipe\svcctl
  • \pipe\srvsvc
  • \pipe\epmapper
IFID value Named pipe Description
12345778-1234-abcd-ef00-0123456789ab \pipe\lsarpc LSA interface, used to enumerate users
3919286a-b10c-11d0-9ba8-00c04fd92ef5 \pipe\lsarpc LSA Directory Services (DS) interface, used to enumerate domains and trust relationships
12345778-1234-abcd-ef00-0123456789ac \pipe\samr LSA SAMR interface, used to access public SAM database elements (e.g., usernames) and brute-force user passwords regardless of account lockout policy, enumerate domain users, groups and more through the local SAM database (only works pre Win 10 Anniversary
1ff70682-0a51-30e8-076d-740be8cee98b \pipe\atsvc Task scheduler, used to remotely create scheduled tasks to execute commands (used by Impacket's
338cd001-2244-31f1-aaaa-900038001003 \pipe\winreg Remote registry service, used to access the system registry
367abb81-9844-35f1-ad32-98f038001003 \pipe\svcctl Service control manager and server services, used to remotely start and stop services and execute commands, remotely create scheduled tasks to execute commands (used by Impacket's and
4b324fc8-1670-01d3-1278-5a47bf6ee188 \pipe\srvsvc Service control manager and server services, used to remotely start and stop services and execute commands
4d9f4ab8-7d1c-11cf-861e-0020af6e7c57 \pipe\epmapper DCOM interface, supporting WMI, used by DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model), itself used by WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation), itself abused by attackers for command execution (used by Impacket's DCOM is also used by MMC (Microsoft Management Console), itslef abused by attackers for command execution (Impacket's )
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
/opt/tools/impacket/examples/ DOMAIN/Administrator@$IP whoami -no-pass

Find exposed services

The epmapper (MS-RPC EndPoint Mapper) maps services to ports. It uses port 135/TCP and/or port 593/TCP (for RPC over HTTP). Through epmapper, tools like Impacket's

  • -


/opt/tools/impacket/examples/ -port 135  $IP | tee rpcdump-135.out
/opt/tools/impacket/examples/ -port 593  $IP | tee rpcdump-593.out

Null sessions

NULL sessions are unauthenticated SMB sessions that allow attackers to operate RPC calls through SMB named pipes without being authenticated first. This allows for many recon techniques like the enumeration of domain and local information (users, groups, RIDs, SIDs, policies, etc.).

Recon through interesting named pipes

The Samba utility named rpcclient can be used to operate recon through MS-RPC services behind SMB named pipes. It offers multiple useful commands.

key value
lsaquery get domain name and SID (Security IDentifier)
enumalsgroups builtin list local groups, returns RIDs (Relative IDs)
queryaliasmem <RID> list local group members, returns SIDs
lookupsids <SID> resolve SID to name
lookupnames <NAME> resolve name to SID
enumdomusers list users, equivalent to net user /domain
enumdomgroups list groups equivalent to net group /domain
queryuser <rid/name> obtain info on a user, equivalent to net user <user> /domain
querygroupmem <rid> obtain group members, equivalent to net group <group> /domain
getdompwinfo get password policy
rpcclient -U admin -c "lsaquery" $IP

RID Cycling

RID Cycling is a method that allows attackers to enumerate domain objects by bruteforcing or guessing RIDs and SIDs, based on the fact that RIDs are sequential.

The Python script ridenum can be used to operate that recon technique, with a Null session or with an authenticated one.

  • ridenum -