Azure Active Directory password brute forcing vulnerability




POC of SecureWorks’ recent Azure Active Directory password brute-forcing vuln


This code is a proof-of-concept of the recently revealed Azure Active Directory password brute-forcing vulnerability announced by Secureworks (here is the Ars Technica article that preceded the official publication by about a day, but is pretty much identical).

In theory, this approach would allow one to perform brute force or password spraying attacks against one or more AAD accounts without causing account lockout or generating log data, thereby making the attack invisible.


Basic usage is simple:

Password spraying

.\aad-sso-enum-brute-spray.ps1 USERNAME PASSWORD

Calling the code in this way will allow you to get the result for the specified username and password.

By taking advantage of foreach, you can easily leverage this for password spraying:

foreach($line in Get-Content .\all-m365-users.txt) {.\aad-sso-enum-brute-spray.ps1 $line Passw0rd! |Out-File -FilePath .\spray-results.txt -Append }

Note that using this method will require you to convert the resulting file from UTF-16 to UTF-8 if you want to work with it in Linux:

iconv -f UTF16 -t UTF-8 spray-results.txt >new-spray-results.txt

User enumeration

If you’re only interested in enumeration, just run as above for password spraying. Any return value of “bad password”, or any value other than “no user”, would mean you’ve found a valid username.

A return of “True” for a username means the password supplied is valid.

A return of “locked” may mean the account is locked, or that Smart Lockout is temporarily preventing you from interacting with the account.

Brute forcing

To leverage the code for brute forcing, simply iterate over the password field instead of the username field:

foreach($line in Get-Content .\passwords.txt) {.\aad-sso-enum-brute-spray.ps1 $line |Out-File -FilePath .\brute-results.txt -Append }

What to do once you find a valid username/password pair

If you discover one or more valid username/password pairs, you can modify this code to obtain the DesktopSSOToken that is returned. The DesktopSSOToken may then be exchanged for an OAuth2 Access Token using this method.

The OAuth2 Access Token may then be used with various Azure, M365, and O365 API endpoints.

You may, however, be tripped up by MFA at this point. Your best bet here would be to leverage non-MFA access, such as Outlook Web Access or ActiveSync. Dafthack’s MFASweep is helpful here.

Important note

Microsoft’s Smart Lockout feature will start falsely claiming that accounts are locked if you hit the API endpoint too quickly from the same IP address. To get around this, I strongly recommend using ustayready’s fireprox to avoid this problem. Simply change the $url variable thus:


This will not get around Smart Lockout if you’re attempting to brute-force a password for a specific account, however.


Almost all the code for this was borrowed from Dr. Nestori Syynimaa’s excellent AADInternals project.