Kerberos: Silver Tickets

Credential Access

This lab looks at the technique of forging a cracked TGS Kerberos ticket in order to impersonate another user and escalate privileges from the perspective of a service the TGS was cracked for.

This lab builds on the explorations in T1208: Kerberoasting where a TGS ticket got cracked.


I will be using mimikatz to create a Kerberos Silver Ticket - forging/rewriting the cracked ticket with some new details that benefit me as an attacker.

Below is a table with values supplied to mimikatz explained and the command itself:




SID of the current user who is forging the ticket. Retrieved with whoami /user


server hosting the attacked service for which the TGS ticket was cracked


service type being attacked


NTLM hash of the password the TGS ticket was encrypted with. Passw0rd in our case


Forging the user name. This is the user name that will appear in the windows security logs - fun.


Forging user's RID - fun


Instructs mimikatz to inject the forged ticket to memory to make it usable immediately

Getting our user's SID as explained in the first step in the above table:

Issuing the final mimikatz command to create our forged (silver) ticket:

mimikatz # kerberos::golden /sid:S-1-5-21-4172452648-1021989953-2368502130-1105 /domain:offense.local /ptt /id:1155 /target:dc-mantvydas.offense.local /service:http /rc4:a87f3a337d73085c45f9416be5787d86 /user:beningnadmin

Checking available tickets in memory with klist - note how the ticket shows our forged username benignadmin and a forged user id:

Note in the above mimikatz window the Group IDs which our fake user benignadmin is now a member of due to the forged ticket:


Group Name


Domain Admins


Domain Users


Schema Admins


Enterprise Admins


Group Policy Creator Owners

Initiating a request to the attacked service with a TGS ticket - note that the authentication is successfull:

Invoke-WebRequest -UseBasicParsing -UseDefaultCredentials http://dc-mantvydas.offense.local


Note a network logon from benignadmin as well as forged RIDs:

It is better not to use user accounts for running services on them, but if you do, make sure to use really strong passwords! Computer accounts generate long and complex passwords and they change frequently, so they are better suited for running services on. Better yet, follow good practices such as using Group Managed Service Accounts for running more secure services.


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