Lab: 2FA bypass using a brute-force attack
This lab's two-factor authentication is vulnerable to brute-forcing. You have already obtained a valid username and password, but do not have access to the user's 2FA verification code. To solve the lab, brute-force the 2FA code and access Carlos's "My account" page.
Tip: You will need to use Burp macros in conjunction with Burp Intruder to solve this lab. For more information about macros, please refer to the Burp Suite documentation. Users proficient in Python might prefer to use the Turbo Intruder extension, which is available from the BApp store.
With Burp running, log in as
carlosand investigate the 2FA verification process. Notice that if you enter the wrong code twice, you will be logged out again. You need to use Burp's session handling features to log back in automatically before sending each request.
- In Burp, go to "Project options" > "Sessions". In the "Session Handling Rules" panel, click "Add". The "Session handling rule editor" dialog opens.
- In the dialog, go to the "Scope" tab. Under "URL Scope", select the option "Include all URLs".
- Go back to the "Details" tab and under "Rule Actions", click "Add" > "Run a macro".
Under "Select macro" click "Add" to open the "Macro Recorder". Select the following 3 requests:
Then click "OK". The "Macro Editor" dialog opens.
- Click "Test macro" and check that the final response contains the page asking you to provide the 4-digit security code. This confirms that the macro is working correctly.
- Keep clicking "OK" to close the various dialogs until you get back to the main Burp window. The macro will now automatically log you back in as Carlos before each request is sent by Burp Intruder.
POST /login2request to Burp Intruder.
In Burp Intruder, add a payload position to the
- On the "Payloads" tab, select the "Numbers" payload type. Enter the range 0 - 9999 and set the step to 1. Set the min/max integer digits to 4 and max fraction digits to 0. This will create a payload for every possible 4-digit integer.
- On the "Options" tab, under "Request Engine", set the number of threads to 1.
- Start the attack. Eventually, one of the requests will return a 302 status code. Right-click on this request and select "Show response in browser". Copy the URL and load it in your browser.
- Click "My account" to solve the lab.