As CapLoader's network carving from memory feature has been available for more than a year, and it was nicely written up for you on the Netresec blog, I'll point you to Erik's March 2014 post as your starting point, along with the above mentioned WinPmem/Rekall article. CapLoader is easily downloaded and installed on modern Windows systems, your only dependency is .NET Framework 4.0. The free version will provide all the network packet carving magic you need, but I also tested the commercial version with a license provided by Erik.
I'm going to give you some perfomance benchmarks as well as we go along.
Here's how easy it was to put CapLoader 1.3.1 Trial to use on the compromised.raw memory image from the WinPmem/Rekall article.
- Opened CapLoader
- Selected File then Carve Packets from File
- Selected compromised.raw from Open dialog
- Under Input Settings, left Create Gantt chart, Build hosts list, and Parse DNS enabled. The additional options aren't available in the free version. We'll discuss the licensed version features and performance below,
- Left all Carving Options enabled and clicked Start as seen in Figure 1.
|Figure 1: CapLoader memory image network carving options
|Figure 2: Selected flows
I repeated the exercise with the commercial version of CapLoader with two additional features enabled, Identify Protocols and Show Countries, and in 72 seconds (four seconds faster than our first run with the trial version) had my results.
After all this though, the resulting network capture was not much use as I had pushed my Meterpreter session for the Rekall discussion over HTTPS, but you get the point. Had network traffic ensued via a clear-text protocol, CapLoader's ability to rapidly carve it out of a memory image would have been invaluable.
To prove that point, I'll give you one quick unrelated example. Using the commercial copy of CapLoader, I loaded a different memory image where misuse of MSN Messenger was in play. In exactly 22 seconds for this 1GB memory image, and a bit of column sorting, I was able to instantly visualize the Messeger traffic using the CapLoader Gantt feature as seen in Figure 3.
|Figure 3: CapLoader Gantt chart visual
Cheers…until next time.