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Automated Padding Oracle Attacks with PadBuster

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about Padding Oracle Attacks, an attack vector demonstrated by Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong during their presentation at BlackHat Europe earlier this summer. While padding oracles are relatively easy to exploit, the act of exploiting them can be time consuming if you don’t have a good way of automating the attack. The lack of good tools for identifying and exploiting padding oracles led us to develop our own internal padding oracle exploit script, PadBuster, which we’ve decided to share with the community. The tool can be downloaded here, but I’ll spend a little bit of time discussing how the tool works and the various use cases it supports.

Update 9/28/10: PadBuster v0.2 has been released.

Some Background

Before we discuss using PadBuster, let’s briefly discuss the fundamentals of a classic padding oracle attack. As the term implies, a critical concept behind a padding oracle attack is the notion of cryptographic padding. Plaintext messages come in a variety of lengths; however, block ciphers require that all messages be an exact number of blocks. To satisfy this requirement, padding is used to ensure that a given plaintext message can always be divided into an exact number of blocks.

While several padding schemes exist, one of the most common padding schemes is described in the PKCS#5 standard. With PCKS#5 padding, the final block of plaintext is padded with N bytes (depending on the length of the last plaintext block) of value N. This is best illustrated through the examples below, which show words of varying length (FIG, BANANA, AVOCADO, PLANTAIN, PASSIONFRUIT) and how they would be padded using PKCS#5 padding (the examples below use 8-byte blocks).

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Note that at least one padding byte is ALWAYS appended to the end of a string, so a 7-byte value (like AVOCADO) would be padded with 0x01 to fill the block, while an 8-byte value (like PLANTAIN) would have a full block of padding added to it. The value of the padding byte also indicates the number of bytes, so logically final value(s) at the end of the last block of ciphertext must either:

  • A single 0x01 byte (0x01)
  • Two 0x02 bytes (0x02, 0x02)
  • Three 0x03 bytes (0x03, 0x03, 0x03)
  • Four 0x04 bytes (0x04, 0x04, 0x04, 0x04)
  • ...and so on

If the final decrypted block does not end in one of these valid byte sequences, most cryptographic providers will throw an invalid padding exception. The fact that this exception gets thrown is critical for the attacker (us) as it is the basis of the padding oracle attack.

A Basic Padding Oracle Attack Scenario

To provide a concrete example, consider the following scenario:

An application uses a query string parameter to pass the encrypted username, company id, and role id of a user. The parameter is encrypted using CBC mode, and each value uses a unique initialization vector (IV) which is pre-pended to the ciphertext.

When the application is passed an encrypted value, it responds in one of three ways:

  • When a valid ciphertext is received (one that is properly padded and contains valid data) the application responds normally (200 OK)
  • When an invalid ciphertext is received (one that, when decrypted, does not end with valid padding) the application throws a cryptographic exception (500 Internal Server Error)
  • When a valid ciphertext is received (one that is properly padded) but decrypts to an invalid value, the application displays a custom error message (200 OK)

The scenario described above is a classic Padding Oracle, because we can use the behavior of the application to easily determine whether the supplied encrypted value is properly padded or not. The term oracle refers to a mechanism that can be used to determine whether a test has passed or failed.

Now that the scenario has been laid out, let’s take a look at one of the encrypted parameters used by the application. This parameter is used by the application to store a semi-colon delimited series of values that, in our example, include the user’s name (BRIAN), company id (12), and role id (2). The value, in plaintext, can be represented as BRIAN;12;2;. A sample of the encrypted query string parameter is shown below for reference. Note that the encrypted UID parameter value is encoded using ASCII Hex representation.



At this point, an attacker would not have any idea what the underlying plaintext is, but for the sake of this example, we already know the plaintext value, the padded plaintext value, and the encrypted value (see diagram below). As we mentioned previously, the initialization vector is pre-pended to the ciphertext, so the first block of 8 bytes is just that.

As for the block size, an attacker would see that the length of the encrypted ciphertext is 24 bytes. Since this number is evenly divisible by 8 and not divisible by 16, one can conclude that you are dealing with a block size of 8 bytes. Now, for reference take a look at what happens internally when this value is encrypted and decrypted. We see the process byte-for-byte in the diagram as this information will be helpful later on when discussing the exploit. Also note that the circled plus sign represents the XOR function.

Encryption Diagram (Click to Enlarge):

Decryption Diagram (Click to Enlarge):

It is also worthwhile to point out that the last block (Block 2 of 2), when decrypted, ends in a proper padding sequence as expected. If this were not the case, the cryptographic provider would throw an invalid padding exception.

The Padding Oracle Decryption Exploit

Let’s now look at how we can decrypt the value by using the padding oracle attack. We operate on a single encrypted block at a time, so we can start by isolating just the first block of ciphertext (the one following the IV) and sending it to the application pre-pended with an IV of all NULL values. The URL and associated response are shown below:


Request:  http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=0000000000000000F851D6CC68FC9537
Response:  500 - Internal Server Error

A 500 error response makes sense given that this value is not likely to result in anything valid when decrypted. The diagram below shows a closer look at what happens underneath the covers when the application attempts to decrypt this value. You should note that since we are only dealing with a single block of ciphertext (Block 1 of 1), the block MUST end with valid padding in order to avoid an invalid padding exception.

As shown above, the exception is thrown because the block does not end with a valid padding sequence once decrypted. Now, let’s take a look at what happens when we send the exact same value but with the last byte of the initialization vector incremented by one.


Request: http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=0000000000000001F851D6CC68FC9537
Response: 500 - Internal Server Error

Like before, we also get a 500 exception. This is due to the fact that, like before, the value does not end in a valid padding sequence when decrypted. The difference however, is that if we take a closer look at what happens underneath the covers we will see that the final byte value is different than before (0x3C rather than 0x3D).

If we repeatedly issue the same request and increment just the last byte in the IV each time (up to FF) we will inevitably hit a value that produces a valid padding sequence for a single byte of padding (0x01). Only one value (out of the possible 256 different bytes) will produce the correct padding byte of 0x01. When you hit this value, you should end up with a different response than the other 255 requests.


Request: http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=000000000000003CF851D6CC68FC9537
Response: 200 OK

Let’s take a look at the same diagram to see what happens this time.

Given this is the case, we can now deduce the intermediary value byte at this position since we know that when XORed with 0x3C, it produces 0x01.

If [Intermediary Byte] ^ 0x3C == 0x01,
then [Intermediary Byte] == 0x3C ^ 0x01,
so [Intermediary Byte] == 0x3D

Taking this one step further, now that we know the intermediary byte value we can deduce what the actual decrypted value is. You'll recall that during the decryption process, each intermediary value byte is XORed with the corresponding byte of the previous block of ciphertext (or the IV in the case of the first block). Since the example above is using the first block from the original sample, then we need to XOR this value with the corresponding byte from the original IV (0x0F) to recover the actual plaintext value. As expected, this gives us 0x32, which is the number "2" (the last plaintext byte in the first block).

Now that we’ve decrypted the 8th byte of the sample block, it’s time to move onto the 7th byte. In order to crack the 8th byte of the sample, we brute forced an IV byte that would produce a last decrypted byte value of 0x01 (valid padding). In order to crack the 7th byte, we need to do the same thing, but this time both the 7th and 8th byte must equal 0x02 (again, valid padding). Since we already know that the last intermediary value byte is 0x3D, we can update the 8th IV byte to 0x3F (which will produce 0x02) and then focus on brute forcing the 7th byte (starting with 0x00 and working our way up through 0xFF).

Once again, we continue to generate padding exceptions until we hit the only value which produces a 7th decrypted byte value of 0x02 (valid padding), which in this case is 0x24.

Using this technique, we can work our way backwards through the entire block until every byte of the intermediary value is cracked, essentially giving us access to the decrypted value (albeit one byte at a time). The final byte is cracked using an IV that produces an entire block of just padding (0x08) as shown below.

The Decryption Exploit with PadBuster

Now let’s discuss how to use PadBuster to perform this exploit, which is fairly straightforward. PadBuster takes three mandatory arguments:

  • URL - This is the URL that you want to exploit, including query string if present. There are optional switches to supply POST data (-post) and Cookies if needed (-cookies)
  • Encrypted Sample - This is the encrypted sample of ciphertext included in the request. This value must also be present in either the URL, post or cookie values and will be replaced automatically on every test request
  • Block Size - Size of the block that the cipher is using. This will normally be either 8 or 16, so if you are not sure you can try both

For this example, we will also use the command switch to specify how the encrypted sample is encoded. By default PadBuster assumes that the sample is Base64 encoded, however in this example the encrypted text is encoded as an uppercase ASCII HEX string. The option for specifying encoding (-encoding) takes one of the following three possible values:

  • 0: Base64 (default)
  • 1: Lowercase HEX ASCII
  • 2: Uppercase HEX ASCII

The actual command we run will look like the following: http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6
7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6 8 -encoding 2

Notice that we never told PadBuster how to recognize a padding error. While there is a command line option (-error) to specify the padding error message, by default PadBuster will analyze the entire first cycle (0-256) of test responses and prompt the user to choose which response pattern matches the padding exception. Typically the padding exception occurs on all but one of the initial test requests, so in most cases there will only be two response patterns to choose from as shown below (and PadBuster will suggest which one to use).

The initial output from PadBuster is shown in the screenshot above. You’ll see that PadBuster re-issues the original request and shows the generated response information before starting its testing. This is useful for authenticated applications to ensure that the authentication cookies provided to PadBuster are working correctly.

Once a response pattern is selected, PadBuster will automatically cycle through each block and brute force each corresponding plaintext byte which will take, at most, 256 requests per byte. After each block, PadBuster will also display the obtained intermediary byte values along with the calculated plaintext. The intermediary values can be useful when performing arbitrary encryption exploits as we will show in the next section.

Encrypting Arbitrary Values

We've just seen how a padding oracle and PadBuster can be used to decrypt the contents of any encrypted sample one block at a time. Now, let’s take a look at how you can encrypt arbitrary payloads using the same vulnerability.

You have probably noticed that once we are able to deduce the intermediary value for a given ciphertext block, we can manipulate the IV value in order to have complete control over the value that the ciphertext is decrypted to. So in the previous example of the first ciphertext block that we brute forced, if you want the block to decrypt to a value of "TEST" you can calculate the required IV needed to produce this value by XORing the desired plaintext against the intermediary value. So the string "TEST" (padded with four 0x04 bytes, of course) would be XORed against the intermediary value to produce the needed IV of 0x6D, 0x36, 0x70, 0x76, 0x03, 0x6E, 0x22, 0x39.

This works great for a single block, but what if we want to generate an arbitrary value that is more than one block long? Let’s look at a real example to make it easier to follow. This time we will generate the encrypted string "ENCRYPT TEST" instead of just "TEST". The first step is to break the sample into blocks and add the necessary padding as shown below:

When constructing more than a single block, we actually start with the last block and move backwards to generate a valid ciphertext. In this example, the last block is the same before, so we already know that the following IV and ciphertext will produce the string "TEST".


Request:  http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=6D367076036E2239F851D6CC68FC9537

Next, we need to figure out what intermediary value 6D367076036E2239 would decrypt to if it were passed as ciphertext instead of just an IV. We can do this by using the same technique used in the decryption exploit by sending it as the ciphertext block and starting our brute force attack with all nulls.


Request:  http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=00000000000000006D367076036E2239

Once we brute force the intermediary value, the IV can be manipulated to produce whatever text we want. The new IV can then be pre-pended to the previous sample, which produces the valid two-block ciphertext of our choice. This process can be repeated an unlimited number of times to encrypt data of any length.

Encrypting Arbitrary Values with PadBuster

PadBuster has the option to automate the process of creating arbitrary encrypted values in addition to decrypting them. There are three command line switches related to creating ciphertexts:

  • -plaintext [String]: plaintext to EncryptThis is the plaintext you want to encrypt. This option is mandatory when using PadBuster to encrypt data, and its presence is what tells PadBuster to perform encryption instead of decryption
  • -ciphertext [Bytes]: CipherText for Intermediary Bytes (Hex-Encoded)Optional - can be used to provide the starting ciphertext block for encryption. This option must be used in conjunction with the -intermediary option (see below)
  • -intermediary [Bytes]: Intermediary Bytes for CipherText (Hex-Encoded)Optional - can be used to provide the corresponding intermediary byte values for the cipher text specified with the -ciphertext option.

The purpose of the -ciphertext and -intermediary options is to speed up the exploit process as it reduces the number of ciphertext blocks that must be cracked when generating a forged ciphertext sample. If these options are not provided, PadBuster will start from scratch and brute force all of the necessary blocks for encryption. Let’s take a look at the actual command syntax used to encrypt data with PadBuster: http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6
7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6 8 -encoding 2 -plaintext "ENCRYPT TEST"

The output from PadBuster is shown in the screenshot below:

You’ll notice that just like before, PadBuster will first ask you to choose the correct padding error response signature. This step can be skipped if you manually specify the padding error message using the -error option. Also notice that PadBuster performed a brute force of both full ciphertext blocks, because we didn’t specify a starting ciphertext block and associated intermediary value to use. If we had provided these values to PadBuster, the first block would have been calculated instantly and only the second block would require brute force as shown below. http://sampleapp/home.jsp?UID=7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6
7B216A634951170FF851D6CC68FC9537858795A28ED4AAC6 8 -encoding 2 -plaintext "ENCRYPT TEST"
-ciphertext F851D6CC68FC9537 -intermediary 39732322076A263D

As you can see, the first block (Block 2) was calculated before prompting for the response signature since this block was calculated using just the data provided with the -ciphertext and -intermediary options. If you are wondering where these two values came from, remember that PadBuster prints these two values to the screen at the conclusion of each round of block processing.

So to wrap things up, we are releasing PadBuster because we think that other pen testers can benefit from a flexible exploit script for detecting and exploit padding oracles. We would be interested in hearing if there are other features that would make the tool more useful or practical from a tester’s perspective, so let us know if you have any feedback.

Reader Comments (46)

You can make this dramatically faster by trying data bytes in order of their typical probabilities - most probable first. For example printable Ascii characters may be common, along with padding characters such as null. And within the Ascii range, those which score 1 in Scrabble are more likely then those with higher scores.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPete Austin

I'll be testing it on my sites this evening.....
Anyone else working on this today?

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersherif

Nice post. Does PadBuster work on the new .NET padding oracle vulnerability?

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Prost

@Pete: I don't think it's possible to attain an average guess-rate higher than 127.5 tries per byte (brute-force) when dealing with cryptographically random bytes that falls in the range of 0-255, for each byte.

And not that it matters, printable ASCII characters only account for about 40% of the range.

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarcin

@Pete: Marcin is correct. The value we are sequentially testing is the value used to XOR the intermediary value, which then produces the plaintext. It’s not the actual plaintext value, so these values are likely to be pretty evenly distributed across the 0-255 byte space.

@James: Yes, I've used PadBuster against encrypted ViewState and it will decrypt it as long as Custom Errors are not turned on (make sure to use a Block Size of 8). I haven't done much research on the new .NET padding oracle vulnerability but I'm sure we will get more details after the talk at ekoparty later this week. From what I can tell, the Framework throws a different InnerException when there is invalid padding versus an invalid ViewState (which is how PadBuster is able to decrypt it).

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

nice job, brian

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternahsra


how did you use padbuster against viewstate ? I've tried using the following format: https://www.testdomain/path/file.aspx VIEWSTATE_VALUE 8 -post "POSTDATA" -verbose

POSTDATA includes the complete Post string which include the VIEWSTATE variable.

padBuster is failing with 400 (URL must be absolute) and telling me the encrypted sample was not found.

The viewstate variable is very large and I'm not sure if this is cause the problem. How you tried with large viewstates ?

I have a few sites that use viewstate and I would like to create a demo to developers showing this attack.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpawn

@Spawn: I had a similar problem when testing a large ViewState where the limit of the command line was exceeded. As a temporary workaround, try hard-coding the $post and $sample variables below the @ARGV parsing section (this should then work regardless of what you pass in for the post data and sample arguments). I'll see if I can come up with a better option for handling large values in the next version, which also has some additional options for handling encrypted .NET query strings that are vulnerable to the new padding oracle attack (demonstrated last week at ekoparty).

It’s also worth noting that if you decrypt the ViewState with v0.1, the first block will be missing (since it is treated by PadBuster as an IV). This is also fixed in the next version as there will be a “no IV” option.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

Doesn't the POET tool released by Rizzo and Duong already do the exact same thing?

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTomas

@Tomas: The POET tool released by Rizzo and Duong seems to have been designed more as a proof of concept for the Apache MyFaces exploit. While the tool itself is great, it lacks certain features that allow it to work against most other applications. For example it only supports post-backs to the same URL, it doesn't support cookies or any authentication, relies on a hard-coded padding exception message for padding errors, and has many other limitations.

PadBuster is designed to be a flexible tool that should be able to detect and exploit padding Oracles in virtually any application. I believe Rizzo and Duong may be releasing an updated version of POET at some point in the future.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

Brian, When are you releaseing the next version of PadBuster?

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherif

The microsoft advisory implies that this vulnerability can be exploited to ends other than merely decrypting application information. In particular, disclosure of files on the system itself. Has anyone investigated this claim? If this is indeed exploitable, this is a situation which is far more worrisome than the exploit which was demonstrated.

Also, this tool doesn’t reflect the observation that Thai Duong made – which is that the actual response codes are unnecessary, timing attacks can give the same information.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalandale

@Calandale: Yes, I have looked into this claim and based on my research it is true. The padding oracle can be used to exploit a separate file retrieval bug within the framework that allows arbitrary files to be served from within the web application directory (including, unfortunately, the web.config).

The observations that Rizzo and Duong made during their most recent presentation will be incorporated into a new release of PadBuster once they publish their findings. We will likely hold on releasing the new version until more details from their research are made publicly available.

@Sherif: See above.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

If a website does not contain any public resource, meaning the user must authenticate first, the does Padding Oracle attack still apply?

And for an ASP.NET website, if view state is not used, then along with the site-wide auth requirement, does Padding Oracle attack still apply?

Or would the attack only be valid once the user has logged in?

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiho Han

@Jiho: Without having more details, I would have to say yes…it does apply. The ViewState is only one of many potential attack vectors for this issue within a typical .NET application. This issue affects virtually every place that the framework performs MachineKey encryption (ViewState, FormsAuth Tokens, various .AXD handler requests, etc). Even if you have site-wide authentication enabled, in the case of ASP.NET Forms Authentication, the authentication token mechanism itself may be vulnerable!

The real question is not whether the vulnerability applies (as it almost always does), but rather the impact an exploit would have. In other words, would someone just be able to decrypt the encrypted data (which unfortunately is almost always the case), or could they do more serious damage like download the web.config file and forge authentication tokens. The answer to this question depends on several other factors, like the level of security configured for FormsAuth Tokens, whether your MachineKey and ValidationKey are hard coded in the web.config file, whether certain handlers are anonymously accessible or not, etc.

In short, I think you should assume that you are vulnerable and implement the recommended workarounds from Microsoft until an official patch comes out.

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

Thanks Brian.

I am definitely implementing what Microsoft is recommending; however, I am still looking for other possible attack routes.

I am trying to use padbuster on the ASP.NET site and I can't seem to make it work correctly. I always get "All of the responses were identical". I'm afraid I'm not getting the block size correctly. What should I use for .ASPXAUTH or d (as in WebResource.axd)? I've tried 8, 16, and so on.

And I know I haven't applied the fix to the site, so it is generating a 404 on the normal request but I see all 256 requests returned 500. How could that be?

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiho Han

Could you please be more specific about this "separate file retrieval bug within the framework that allows arbitrary files to be served from within the web application directory". This statement has a few of my colleagues in a rather alarmed state. It's a little difficult to have a real discussion about the issue without more information.

Thank you,

-- Matthew

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Shirey

Nice work.

One question though. If the IV can not be obtained, and then is it still possible to get the first block of plain text?

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkakrat

I'm having the same problem as Jiho. I'm 100% positive that the test site has the vulnerability, but the tool keeps showing "All of the responses were identical". I'm using WebResource.axd?d=xxxx.

any ideas? Thanks.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

@Jiho and @Jamie: The issue you are having is due to the fact that the .axd handlers use a modified Base64 encoding that is safe for passing in query strings (the + / and = characters are substituted). The current version of PadBuster does not support this encoding format, however it will be in the next release. As for FormsAuth tokens, the Uppercase Hex encoding (-encoding 2) should work.

@Matthew: Check out the following blog post that has some good information about how this issue can be potentially exploited:

I understand your frustration. I think the lack of good information about the full scope of this bug is due to the fact that there is often a fine line between disclosing enough information to understand the full impact of a vulnerability versus disclosing the details that anyone would need to easily exploit the issue. Unfortunately since there is currently no official patch yet, everyone is being very careful about what gets disclosed.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Holyfield

@Brian: Thank you Brian for having released Padbuster, it's a beautiful tool.

Releated to WebResource.axd exploit, I'm still working for having Padbuster working correctly on it. At the moment I'm investigating how to deal with the behaviour of WebResource.axd vs Scriptresource.axd. the UrlToken encoder/decoder was unfortunately the easy part.

With "Customerrors on", the only way this attack may work (and I'm working on it right now), is to use WebResource.axd to encrypt a valid string for ScriptResource.axd. Webresource.axd needs only 1 pipe ("|") while ScriptreSource needs 3 pipes ("|||"). If a string after decoding still contains a single pipe it will throw a 404 error.

I think you could use this feature to find a correct formatted and encrypted string, against the Webresource.axd and after using that on ScriptResource.axd.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGiorgio Fedon

I have tried encoding 2 with .ASPXAUTH (forms auth). Encoding 0 doesn't work at all (as you suggested), 1 and 2 produce the same result for me, in that they both produce some garbles plaintext values - random letters, funny symbols, etc. Also the block size 8 would produce an "ERROR: No matching response on [Byte 5]" and many others. A block size of 16 would make it run through the whole thing but like I said, produced a garbles text.

Thanks for your helpful article and the tool. However, I'd like to be able to use it as well :)

I understand your need for sensitivity as to how much you disclose etc. but is it possible for you to do a detailed tutorial on a specific example (like .aspxauth)? You might also consider it being available as something that you can send via email registration or something like that.

One more thing, would you include proxy support in your tool? It'd be very helpful to see the traffic on a tool like fiddler.

The last thing is, you might want to create a forum for the tool, if you don't want a flood of comments in this post :)

Thanks again

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJiho Han

@Brian -
I'm sure you've been busy answering a lot of these questions, and I appreciate the time you've spent on this bug.

As a general question, what are the most common error codes that will be seen? Will you always get a bunch of 500s, or will it be a distribution of 500s, 200s, 404s, etc.? Could you detect this type of attack based on a large enough amount of any of these errors per minute let's say? Just wondering if you can elaborate - could one attacker get mostly 200 responses while another gets almost all 500s? Thanks in advance,

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternemadrias

@nemadrias you should get more 500s than 404s, since the earlier happens for each invalid padding, while the 404s happens when the padding matched. This depends on the feature, its best if you look for the exceptions being logged.

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereglasius

@Jiho when you are using the tool to see if you are vulnerable, you don't need to use it to break authentication. Pick any of the other features that use encryption/decryption.

Besides it, you shouldn't be able to break authentication as easily, since it uses a signed value. Attack demonstrated with POET used a separate vulnerability to retrieve the web.config and then get the machine keys that were in there (default of Dot net nuke).

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereglasius

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