Jeremiah from WhiteHatSec has just written a quick piece on how to find your websites. Now Footprinting is obviously dear to our hearts, with 3 Blackhat talks on it (or applications of it) ("Automation - Deus ex Machina or Rube Goldberg Machine?", "Putting The Tea Back Into CyberTerrorism", "The Role of Non Obvious Relationships in the Foot Printing Process"), a commercial tool almost dedicated to it, and a full blown chapter on it in Open Source Penetration Testing by charl and gareth. Footprinting is a genuinely important part of a companies security assessment, cause it doesn't matter if they have multi-layer firewalls and WAF's protecting the web app on their www.company.com, and an old barely used sql-injectable form on their community.company.com site that lets you grab SA on their SQL server anyway.. (Now that the shameless self promotion is over..) i wanted to touch on an interesting aspect of webserver discovery that is often skipped, and thats the issue of multiple websites running as name based virtual hosts on the same web-server. There was a time (not so long ago) when all of the popular scanning tools, failed to take into account that scanning 18.104.22.168 was not the same as scanning www.sensepost.com (or hackrack.sensepost.com which happens to be on the same ip address).
Quick Virtual Host Refresher:
An HTTP/1.1 compliant browser (you will struggle to find one that is not) sends along an additional required field when requesting a website, the Host: header.
So.. while a GET on our website looked like this using HTTP/1.0:
haroon$ telnet www.sensepost.com 80 Trying 22.214.171.124... Connected to www.sensepost.com. Escape character is '^]'. GET / HTTP/1.0This allows the web-server to correctly route the request to the name based virtual host running on it.What should be obviously apparent is that in the above example, attacking 126.96.36.199 != attacking www.sensepost.com != attacking hackrack.sensepost.com
HTTP/1.1 200 OK With HTTP/1.1 you also have to specify a host-header:
haroon$ telnet www.sensepost.com 80 Trying 188.8.131.52... Connected to www.sensepost.com. Escape character is '^]'. GET / HTTP/1.1 Host: www.sensepost.com
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
There is every possibility that a highly vulnerable CGI exists on www.sensepost.com/scripts/vuln.cgi which will not exist under 184.108.40.206/scripts/vuln.cgi or hackrack.sensepost.com/scripts/vuln.cgi
So.. 3 quick tips on this..