SpecterOps - Adversary Tactics: Vulnerability Research for Operators

May 27th and 28th

Course Abstract

During red team operations, operators often find themselves in situations with no obvious path to escalate and break out of the beachhead - target systems are patched, automated tooling doesn’t detect abusable misconfigurations, exploitation frameworks fall flat, and the common manual analysis techniques are exhausted. In these situations, an operator’s ability to rapidly find and triage previously undisclosed vulnerabilities can mean the difference between achieving objectives and providing an effective red team engagement or remaining stuck on that beachhead and backtracking in pursuit of other avenues.

In Adversary Tactics: Vulnerability Research for Operators, you will learn an operator-focused approach to find the vulnerabilities needed to escalate privileges, execute arbitrary code, or facilitate lateral movement in Windows environments. We will give you the methodology and identify tools to find these weaknesses during active operations, when costly lead time and dedicated lab environments are unavailable. This course covers the vulnerability classes that SpecterOps routinely finds on engagements and dives into their root causes, identification techniques, and exploitation methods. Finally, you will learn to make each vulnerability operational with hands-on exercises designed for various experience levels (from beginner to advanced). You don’t need to be an exploitation wizard to achieve success as a red team operator, but you will find the ability to quickly triage and operationalize concepts presented will increase your effectiveness when operating in mature environments.


Day 1

  • Introduction to Vulnerability Research
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Windows Access Control List (ACL) Abuses
  • .NET Vulnerabilities

Day 2

  • Interprocess Communication (IPC)
  • File & Protocol Handlers
  • File System Bugs
  • Driver-Based Vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Disclosure

Who Should Attend

This course is not for beginners and includes a team-based, on-keyboard execution of complex red team tradecraft, vulnerability identification, and exploitation. Participants should be comfortable with penetration testing and red team concepts and tools, and generally familiar with Windows internals.

What You Need

  • Internet Connection
  • 8GBs of RAM
  • Modern Web Browser capable of rendering HTML5


SpecterOps ,

Specific instructors will be determined soon. The SpecterOps team consists of sought-after experts, who bring years of breach assessment (hunt) and red team experience from both commercial and government sectors.

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