Six Degrees of Domain Admin - Using Graph Theory to Accelerate Red Team Operations presented at Defcon 2016

by Rohan Vazarkar, Will Schroeder, Andy Robbins,

Summary : Active Directory domain privilege escalation is a critical component of most penetration tests and red team assessments, but standard methodology dictates a manual and often tedious process – gather credentials, analyze new systems we now have admin rights on, pivot, and repeat until we reach our objective. Then -- and only then -- we can look back and see the path we took in its entirety. But that may not be the only, nor shortest path we could have taken. By combining our concept of derivative admin (the chaining or linking of administrative rights), existing tools, and graph theory, we can reveal the hidden and unintended relationships in Active Directory domains.