Steal or Forge Kerberos Tickets: Golden Ticket


Adversaries who have the KRBTGT account password hash may forge Kerberos ticket-granting tickets (TGT), also known as a golden ticket. Golden tickets enable adversaries to generate authentication material for any account in Active Directory.Using a golden ticket, adversaries are then able to request ticket granting service (TGS) tickets, which enable access to specific resources. Golden tickets require adversaries to interact with the Key Distribution Center (KDC) in order to obtain TGS.The KDC service runs all on domain controllers that are part of an Active Directory domain. KRBTGT is the Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) service account and is responsible for encrypting and signing all Kerberos tickets. The KRBTGT password hash may be obtained using OS Credential Dumping and privileged access to a domain controller.

Products, Sensors, and Dependencies

ProductDependenciesData sourceAccess requiredProtocolData CollectedNotes
Tenable Identity ExposureActive DirectoryStandard AD UserLDAPList Of Users Permissions

Attack Path Technique Details

Framework: MITRE ATT&CK

Family: Credential Access

Sub-Technique: Golden Ticket

Platform: Windows

Products Required: Tenable Identity Exposure

Tenable Release Date: 2022 Q2