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FarsightAD – PowerShell Script That Aim To Help Uncovering (Eventual) Persistence Mechanisms Deployed By A Threat Actor Following An Active Directory Domain Compromise

FarsightAD is a PowerShell script that aim to help uncovering (eventual) persistence mechanisms deployed by a threat actor following an Active Directory domain compromise.

The script produces CSV / JSON file exports of various objects and their attributes, enriched with timestamps from replication metadata. Additionally, if executed with replication privileges, the Directory Replication Service (DRS) protocol is leveraged to detect fully or partially hidden objects.

For more information, refer to the SANS DFIR Summit 2022 introductory slides.


FarsightAD requires PowerShell 7 and the ActiveDirectory module updated for PowerShell 7.

On Windows 10 / 11, the module can be installed through the Optional Features as RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools. Already installed module can be updated with:

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~

If the module is correctly updated, Get-Command Get-ADObject should return:

CommandType Name Version Source
----------- ---- ------- ------
Cmdlet Get-ADObject 1.0.X.X ActiveDirectory

Basic usage

. .\FarsightAD.ps1

Invoke-ADHunting [-Server <DC_IP | DC_HOSTNAME>] [-Credential <PS_CREDENTIAL>] [-ADDriveName <AD_DRIVE_NAME>] [-OutputFolder <OUTPUT_FOLDER>] [-ExportType <CSV | JSON>]

AD Hunting cmdlets

Invoke-ADHuntingExecute all the FarsightAD AD hunting cmdlets (mentionned below).
Export-ADHuntingACLDangerousAccessRightsExport dangerous ACEs, i.e ACE that allow takeover of the underlying object, on all the domain’s objects.

May take a while on larger domain.

Export-ADHuntingACLDefaultFromSchemaExport the ACL configured in the defaultSecurityDescriptor attribute of Schema classes.

Non-default (as defined in the Microsoft documentation) ACLs are identified and potentially dangerous ACEs are highlighted.

Export-ADHuntingACLPrivilegedObjectsExport the ACL configured on the privileged objects in the domain and highlight potentially dangerous access rights.
Export-ADHuntingADCSCertificateTemplatesExport information and access rights on certificate templates.

The following notable parameters are retrieved: certificate template publish status, certificate usage, if the subject is constructed from user-supplied data, and access control (enrollment / modification).

Export-ADHuntingADCSPKSObjectsExport information and access rights on sensitive PKS objects (NTAuthCertificates, certificationAuthority, and pKIEnrollmentService).
Export-ADHuntingGPOObjectsAndFilesACLExport ACL access rights information on GPO objects and files, highlighting GPOs are applied on privileged users or computers.
Export-ADHuntingGPOSettingsExport information on various settings configured by GPOs that could be leveraged for persistence (privileges and logon rights, restricted groups membership, scheduled and immediate tasks V1 / V2, machine and user logon / logoff scripts).
Export-ADHuntingHiddenObjectsWithDRSRepDataExport the objects’ attributes that are accessible through replication (with the Directory Replication Service (DRS) protocol) but not by direct query.

Access control are not taken into account for replication operations, which allows to identify access control blocking access to specific objects attribute(s).

Only a limited set of sensitive attributes are assessed.

Export-ADHuntingKerberosDelegationsExport the Kerberos delegations that are considered dangerous (unconstrained, constrained to a privileged service, or resources-based constrained on a privileged service).
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsAddedViaMachineAccountQuotaExport the computers that were added to the domain by non-privileged principals (using the ms-DS-MachineAccountQuota mechanism).
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsCertificatesExport parsed accounts’ certificate(s) (for accounts having a non empty userCertificate attribute).

The certificates are parsed to retrieve a number of parameters: certificate validity timestamps, certificate purpose, certificate subject and eventual SubjectAltName(s), …

Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsDontRequirePreAuthExport the accounts that do not require Kerberos pre-authentication.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsOncePrivilegedExport the accounts that were once member of privileged groups.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsPrimaryGroupIDExport the accounts that have a non default primaryGroupID attribute, highlighting RID linked to privileged groups.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsPrivilegedAccountsExport detailed information about members of privileged groups.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsPrivilegedGroupsMembershipExport privileged groups’ current and past members, retrieved using replication metadata.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsSIDHistoryExport the accounts that have a non-empty SID History attribute, with resolution of the associated domain and highlighting of privileged SIDs.
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsShadowCredentialsExport parsed Key Credentials information (of accounts having a non-empty msDS-KeyCredentialLink attribute).
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsTechnicalPrivilegedExport the technical privileged accounts (SERVER_TRUST_ACCOUNT and INTERDOMAIN_TRUST_ACCOUNT).
Export-ADHuntingPrincipalsUPNandAltSecIDExport the accounts that define a UserPrincipalName or AltSecurityIdentities attribute, highlighting potential anomalies.
Export-ADHuntingTrustsExport the trusts of all the domains in the forest.

A number of parameters are retrieved for each trust: transivity, SID filtering, TGT delegation.

More information on each cmdlet usage can be retrieved using Get-Help -Full <CMDLET>.


Fully / partially hidden objects detection

Adding a fully hidden user

Hiding the SID History attribute of an user

Uncovering the fully and partially hidden users with Export-ADHuntingHiddenObjectsWithDRSRepData



  • Antoine Cauchois (@caucho_a) for the proofreading, testing and ideas.


Thomas DIOT (Qazeer)


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