CSTM Databases

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  • Understands and can demonstrate the remote exploitation of Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Understands and can demonstrate how access can be gained to a Microsoft SQL server through the use of default accounts credentials and insecure passwords.
  • Can identify and extract useful information stored within a database (e.g. user account names and passwords, recovering passwords where possible).
  • Following the compromise of Microsoft SQL server, can use stored procedures to execute system commands, escalate privileges, read/write from/to the file system, and/or gain further access to a host.
  • Understands and can demonstrate the remote exploitation of other common SQL database servers, such as MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • Understands and can demonstrate the remote exploitation of common no-SQL database servers, such as MongoDB.
  • Understands and can demonstrate how access can be gained tosuch a database server through the use of default account credentials and insecure passwords.
  • Can identify and extract useful information stored within a database (e.g. user account names and passwords, recovering passwords where possible).

  • Understands common connection and authentication methods used by web applicationsto connect to database servers.
  • Can recognise common database connection string formats, e.g. JDBC.
  • Can identify running databases using from the SQL browser service.
  • Understands the difference between local SQL Server accounts and integrated auth, and the security implications of both.