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This will be a very very small note article.

When running Responder you might have gotten back hashes or while dumping LSASS memory or doing a DCSync.

You might have read about the value : AAD3B435B51404EEAAD3B435B51404EE

or from the NTDIS file : AAD3B435B51404EEAAD3B435B51404EE:31D6CFE0D16AE931B73C59D7E0C089C0

This is a LM (NTLM) hash equivalent to Empty.

You might have used it when doing pas the hash also while passing hashes parameters.

python3 DOM/'DC02$'@ -just-dc -hashes aad3b435b51404eeaad3b435b51404ee:5*************************2 (the NTLM hash has been redacted here but is what it is used, but you still have to pass the famous empty LM Pass.

Today, I discovered while playing in my lab that the empty LM Pass is actually a real Value.
My lab was using PetitPotam (still working but use another provided RPC Call) to get the Domain Controller NTLM v1 hashes.

On my Kali
I set my challenge password in the Responder.conf file to 1122334455667788
And run it ./ -I eth0 --disable-ess
Send an normal user authenticated PetitPotam to my DC02.

This gave me the following response

I then provided this to the website with the value : “NTHASH:B9823EAE52909A32B0A020DD65099DFFEC3EB1F9CEDD8304”

It was then cracked with their rainbow table (as we used a pre-agreed challenge of 11….88.

And it resulted with the following password after 44 seconds : 513b8703ac62ebee7db273efdd694b12

Now if you calculate the LM and the NTLM and this password

Clear password = 513b8703ac62ebee7db273efdd694b12

LM Hash = AAD3B435B51404EEAAD3B435B51404EE

NLTM Hash = 616262F0F00AF5AF4C3E27EFC2CA5224


If LM is Empty but not NTLM, it doesn’t mean empty, it means I think, a pre-defined value used when not set.

if it’s the full AAD3B435B51404EEAAD3B435B51404EE:31D6CFE0D16AE931B73C59D7E0C089C0, then in means we might be in a situation of a replication of DC, when the hash is not stored on the targeted DC.

It’s not because your DC has LM/NTLMv1 authentication enabled that you DC computer account has it set -dc-only output (Impacket)

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