Saturday, October 17, 2009



XPHacking With Windows XP So you have the newest, glitziest, "Fisher Price" version of Windows: XP. How can you use XP in a way that sets you apart from the boring millions of ordinary users?
The key to doing amazing things with XP is as simple as D O S. Yes, that's right, DOS as in MS-DOS, as in MicroSoft Disk Operating System. Windows XP (as well as NT and 2000) comes with two versions of DOS. is an old DOS version. Various versions of come with Windows 95, 98, SE, ME, Window 3, and DOS only operating systems.
The other DOS, which comes only with XP, 2000 and NT, is cmd.exe. Usually cmd.exe is better than because it is easier to use, has more commands, and in some ways resembles the bash shell in Linux and other Unix-type operating systems. For example, you can repeat a command by using the up arrow until you back up to the desired command. Unlike bash, however, your DOS command history is erased whenever you shut down cmd.exe. The reason XP has both versions of DOS is that sometimes a program that won?t run right in cmd.exe will work in
note : m not comparing bash to dos
DOS is your number one Windows gateway to the Internet, and the open sesame to local area networks. From DOS, without needing to download a single hacker program, you can do amazingly sophisticated explorations and even break into poorly defended computers.
****************You can go to jail warning: Breaking into computers is against the law if you do not have permission to do so from the owner of that computer. For example, if your friend gives you permission to break into her Hotmail account, that won't protect you because Microsoft owns Hotmail and they will never give you permission.********************************You can get expelled warning: Some kids have been kicked out of school just for bringing up a DOS prompt on a computer. Be sure to get a teacher's WRITTEN permission before demonstrating that you can hack on a school computer.****************
So how do you turn on DOS? Click All Programs -> Accessories -> Command PromptThat runs cmd.exe. You should see a black screen with white text on it, saying something like this:
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600](C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
Your first step is to find out what commands you can run in DOS. If you type "help" at the DOS prompt, it gives you a long list of commands. However, this list leaves out all the commands hackers love to use. Here are some of those left out hacker commands.
TCP/IP commands:telnetnetstatnslookuptracertpingftp
NetBIOS commands (just some examples):nbtstatnet usenet viewnet localgroup
TCP/IP stands for transmission control protocol/Internet protocol. As you can guess by the name, TCP/IP is the protocol under which the Internet runs. along with user datagram protocol (UDP). So when you are connected to the Internet, you can try these commands against other Internet computers. Most local area networks also use TCP/IP.
NetBIOS (Net Basic Input/Output System) protocol is another way to communicate between computers. This is often used by Windows computers, and by Unix/Linux type computers running Samba. You can often use NetBIOS commands over the Internet (being carried inside of, so to speak, TCP/IP). In many cases, however, NetBIOS commands will be blocked by firewalls. Also, not many Internet computers run NetBIOS because it is so easy to break in using them. I will cover NetBIOS commands in the next article to XP Hacking.
The queen of hacker commands is telnet. To get Windows help for telnet, in the cmd.exe window give the command:
C:\>telnet /?
Here's what you will get:
telnet [-a][-e escape char][-f log file][-l user][-t term][host[port]]
-a Attempt automatic logon. Same as --l option except uses the currently logged on user's name.-e Escape character to enter telnet cclient prompt.-f File name for client side logging-l Specifies the user name to log in with on the remote system. Requires that the remote system support the TELNET ENVIRON option.-t Specifies terminal type. Supportedd term types are vt100, vt52, ansi and vtnt Specifies the hostname or IP address of the remote computer to connect to.port Specifies a port number or service name.
****************Newbie note: what is a port on a computer? A computer port is sort of like a seaport. It's where things can go in and/or out of a computer. Some ports are easy to understand, like keyboard, monitor, printer and modem. Other ports are virtual, meaning that they are created by software. When that modem port of yours (or LAN or ISDN or DSL) is connected to the Internet, your computer has the ability to open or close any of over 65,000 different virtual ports, and has the ability to connect to any of these on another computer - if it is running that port, and if a firewall doesn?t block it.********************************Newbie note: How do you address a computer over the Internet? There are two ways: by number or by name. ****************
The simplest use of telnet is to log into a remote computer. Give the command:
C:/>telnet (substituting the name of the computer you want to telnet into for
If this computer is set up to let people log into accounts, you may get the message:
Type your user name here, making sure to be exact. You can't swap between lower case and capital letters. For example, user name Guest is not the same as guest.
****************Newbie note: Lots of people email me asking how to learn what their user name and password are. Stop laughing, darn it, they really do. If you don't know your user name and password, that means whoever runs that computer didn't give you an account and doesn't want you to log on.****************
Then comes the message:
Again, be exact in typing in your password.
What if this doesn't work?
Every day people write to me complaining they can't telnet. That is usually because they try to telnet into a computer, or a port on a computer that is set up to refuse telnet connections. Here's what it might look like when a computer refuses a telnet connection:
C:\ >telnet To not open connection to the host, on port 23. A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.
Or you might see:
C:\ >telnet hotmail.comConnecting To not open connection to the host, on port 23. No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.
If you just give the telnet command without giving a port number, it will automatically try to connect on port 23, which sometimes runs a telnet server.
**************Newbie note: your Windows computer has a telnet client program, meaning it will let you telnet out of it. However you have to install a telnet server before anyone can telnet into port 23 on your computer.*************
If telnet failed to connect, possibly the computer you were trying to telnet into was down or just plain no longer in existence. Maybe the people who run that computer don't want you to telnet into it.
Even though you can't telnet into an account inside some computer, often you can get some information back or get that computer to do something interesting for you. Yes, you can get a telnet connection to succeed -without doing anything illegal --against almost any computer, even if you don't have permission to log in. There are many legal things you can do to many randomly chosen computers with telnet. For example:
C:/telnet 22
That tells us the target computer is running an SSH server, which enables encrypted connections between computers. If you want to SSH into an account there, you can get a shell account for free at . You can get a free SSH client program from .
***************You can get punched in the nose warning: Your online provider might kick you off for making telnet probes of other computers. The solution is to get a local online provider and make friends with the people who run it, and convince them you are just doing harmless, legal explorations.*************
Sometimes a port is running an interesting program, but a firewall won't let you in. For example,, a computer on my local area network, runs an email sending program, (sendmail working together with Postfix, and using Kmail to compose emails). I can use it from an account inside to send emails with headers that hide from where I send things.
If I try to telnet to this email program from outside this computer, here's what happens:
C:\>telnet 25Connecting To not open connection to the host, on port 25. No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.
However, if I log into an account on and then telnet from inside to port 25, here's what I get:
Last login: Fri Oct 18 13:56:58 2002 from a lot of fun...cmeinel@test-box:~> telnet localhost 25Trying ::1...telnet: connect to address ::1: Connection refusedTrying [Carolyn's note: is the numerical address meaning localhost, the same computer you are logged into]Connected to localhost.Escape character is '^]'.220 test-box.local ESMTP Postfix
The reason I keep this port 25 hidden behind a firewall is to keep people from using it to try to break in or to forge email. Now the ubergeniuses reading this will start to make fun of me because no Internet address that begins with 10. is reachable from the Internet. However, sometimes I place this "test-box" computer online with a static Internet address, meaning whenever it is on the Internet, it always has the same numerical address. I'm not going to tell you what its Internet address is because I don't want anyone messing with it. I just want to mess with other people's computers with it, muhahaha. That's also why I always keep my Internet address from showing up in the headers of my emails.
***************Newbie note: What is all this about headers? It's stuff at the beginning of an email that may - or may not - tell you a lot about where it came from and when. To see full headers, in Outlook click view -> full headers. In Eudora, click the "Blah blah blah" icon.****************
Want a computer you can telnet into and mess around with, and not get into trouble no matter what you do to it? I've set up my ( with user xyz, password guest for you to play with. Here's how to forge email to using telnet. Start with the command:
C:\>telnet 25Connecting To
220 Service ready
Now you type in who you want the message to appear to come from:
helo will answer:
250 host ready
Next type in your mail from address:
250 Requested mail action okay, completed
Your next command:
rcpt to:xyz@techbroker.com250 Requested mail action okay, completed
Your next command:data354 Start main input; end with .
just means hit return. In case you can't see that little period between the s, what you do to end composing your email is to hit enter, type a period, then hit enter again. Anyhow, try typing:
This is a test..250 Requested mail action okay, completedquit221 Service closing transmission channel
Connection to host lost.
Using techbroker's mail server, even if you enable full headers, the message we just composed looks like:
Status: RX-status: N
This is a test.
That's a pretty pathetic forged email, huh? No "from", no date. However, you can make your headers better by using a trick with the data command. After you give it, you can insert as many headers as you choose. The trick is easier to show than explain:
220 Service readyhelo santa@northpole.org250 host readymail from:santa@northpole.com250 Requested mail action okay, completedrcpt to:cmeinel@techbroker.com250 Requested mail action okay, completeddata354 Start main input; end with .from:santa@deer.northpole.orgDate: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 10:09:16 -0500Subject: RudolfThis is a Santa test..250 Requested mail action okay, completedquit221 Service closing transmission channel
Connection to host lost.
The message then looks like:
from:santa@deer.northpole.orgDate: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 10:09:16 -0500Subject: RudolfThis is a Santa test.
The trick is to start each line you want in the headers with one word followed by a colon, and the a line followed by "return". As soon as you write a line that doesn't begin this way, the rest of what you type goes into the body of the email.
Notice that the from the "mail from:" command didn't show up in the header. Some mail servers would show both "from" addresses.
You can forge email on within one strict limitation. Your email has to go to someone at If you can find any way to send email to someone outside techbroker, let us know, because you will have broken our security, muhahaha! Don't worry, you have my permission.
Next, you can read the email you forge on via telnet:
C:\>telnet 110
+OK <> service ready
Give this command:user xyz+OK user is known
Then type in this:pass test+OK mail drop has 2 message(s)
retr 1+OK message followsThis is a test.
If you want to know all possible commands, give this command:
help+OK help list followsUSER userPASS passwordSTATLIST [message]RETR messageDELE messageNOOPRSETQUITAPOP user md5TOP message linesUIDL [message]HELP
Unless you use a weird online provider like AOL, you can use these same tricks to send and receive your own email. Or you can forge email to a friend by telnetting to his or her online provider's email sending computer(s).
With most online providers you need to get the exact name of their email computer(s). Often it is simply (substitute the name of the online provider for targetcomputer). If this doesn't work, you can find out the name of their email server with the DOS nslookup program, which only runs from cmd.exe. Here's an example:
C:\ >nslookupDefault Server: DNS1.wurld.netAddress:
> set q=mx> dimensional.comServer: DNS1.wurld.netAddress: MX preference = 5, mail exchanger MX preference = 10, mail exchanger MX preference = 20, mail exchanger nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address =>
The lines that tell you what computers will let you forge email to people with addresses are: MX preference = 5, mail exchanger MX preference = 10, mail exchanger MX preference = 20, mail exchanger
MX stands for mail exchange. The lower the preference number, the more they would like you to use that address for email.If that lowest number server is too busy, then try another server.
Sometimes when you ask about a mail server, nslookup will give you this kind of error message:
DNS request timed out.timeout was 2 seconds.DNS request timed out.timeout was 2 seconds.*** Request to [] timed-out
To get around this problem, you need to find out what are the domain servers for your target online provider. A good place to start looking is . If this doesn't work, see for how to find the domain servers for any Internet address.
****************Newbie note: A domain name server provides information on the names and numbers assigned to computers on the Internet. For example, and contain information on,,, and When you query about other computers, it might have to go hunting for that information from other name servers. That's why you might get a timed out failure.***************
Once you know the domain servers for an online service, set one of them for the server for your nslookup program. Here's how you do it:
C:\ >nslookupDefault Server: DNS1.wurld.netAddress:
Now give the command:
> server Server: ns1.earthlink.netAddress:
Next command should be:> set q=mx> earthlink.netServer: ns1.earthlink.netAddress: MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = MX preference = 5, mail exchanger = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address = internet address =>
Your own online service will usually not mind and may even be glad if you use telnet to read your email. Sometimes a malicious person or faulty email program will send you a message that is so screwed up that your email program can't download it. With telnet you can manually delete the bad email. Otherwise tech support has to do it for you.
If you think about it, this ability to forge email is a huge temptation to spammers. How can your online provider keep the bad guys from filling up a victim's email box with garbage? The first time a bad guy tries this, probably nothing will stop him or her. The second time the online provider might block the bad guy at the firewall, maybe call the bad guy's online provider and kick him or her and maybe get the bad guy busted or sued.
**************You can go to jail warning: Sending hundreds or thousands of junk emails to bomb someone's email account is a felony in the US.***************
***************You can get sued warning: Spamming, where you send only one email to each person, but send thousands or millions of emails, is borderline legal. However, spammers have been successfully sued when they forge the email addresses of innocent people as senders of their spam.****************
Now that you know how to read and write email with telnet, you definitely have something you can use to show off with. Happy hacking!
Oh, here's one last goodie for advanced users. Get netcat for Windows. It's a free program written by Weld Pond and Hobbit, and available from many sites, for example . It is basically telnet on steroids. For example, using netcat, you can set up a port on your Windows computer to allow people to telnet into a DOS shell by using this command:
C:\>nc -L -p 5000 -t -e cmd.exe
You can specify a different port number than 5000. Just make sure it doesn't conflict with another port by checking with the netstat command. Then you and your friends, enemies and random losers can either telnet in or netcat in with the command:
C:\>nc -v [ipaddress of target] [port]
Of course you will probably get hacked for setting up this port. However, if you set up a sniffer to keep track of the action, you can turn this scary back door into a fascinating honeypot. For example, you could run it on port 23 and watch all the hackers who attack with telnet hoping to log in. With some programming you could even fake a unix-like login sequence and play some tricks on your attackers.


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