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Credential Dumping


MITRE has reported that attackers may Active Directory authentication encryption properties to gain access to credentials on systems. The AllowReversiblePasswordEncryption property determines whether reversible password encryption for an account is turned on or off. By default, this property is disabled, and user credentials are stored as one-way hashed functions. This property should only be enabled if legacy or other software requires it. 

MITRE TACTIC: Credential Dumping (ID: TA0006)

MITRE Technique Modify Authentication Process (T1556)

MITRE SUB ID: Reversible Encryption (T1556.005)

In the case of Domain user account reversible encryption, the encrypted data can be reversed back to the User's password. The password stored with a reversible encryption policy is not a hash since it can be returned to a clear-text password using a function.

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According to , you must enable a policy setting if you use the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) for remote access or Internet Authentication Services (IAS). CHAP is an authentication protocol used for remote access and network connections. Digest Authentication in Internet Information Services (IIS) also requires this policy setting to be enabled.

Lab Setup

Enabling reversible encryption in Active Directory Users involves modifying the account property for the domain user account. Multiple methods exist for this property, including using PowerShell commands, Group Policy Management, and changing the UserAccountControl property through the User's property-Attribute Editor. It's important to note that enabling reversible encryption means that an adversary may be able to obtain the plaintext of passwords created or changed after the property was allowed if the system administrator resets the password for the user account.


Use this PowerShell command to find users enabled with reversible password encryption: 

Get-ADUser -Filter AllowReversiblePasswordEncryption -eq "true"

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