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Fix getsockname usage in the SOCKS5 server #12927

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zeroSteiner commented Feb 12, 2020

This PR fixes the usage of getsockname / getlocalname for the SOCKS5 server when used with Rex Sockets backed by a meterpreter channel.

The underlying issue was that getlocalname was not returning appropriate information for reporting back to the SOCKS client. The hostname or IP address portion was two IP addresses joined by a dash and the port was a string instead of an integer. This fixes the issue by parsing the remote IP address out and keeping the port as an integer.

This fixes issue #11513. It should be noted that while this does allow the socks5 client to function in my testing, the information reported back in the acknowledgement of the connect command is technically inaccurate. It should, from my understanding, reflect the local bind information on the host through which metasploit is pivoting. This information is currently not exposed through meterpreter and exposing it would require adding getsockname to each of the meterpreter implementations or returning the local host and local port in the response when opening a TCP client connection.


List the steps needed to make sure this thing works

  • Start msfconsole
  • Start the SOCKS5 server module
  • Use a curl command and the --socks5 flag to validate that the SOCKS5 server is working
  • Open a session and add a route through it
  • Repeat the curl command to ensure that the SOCKS5 server is still working, this time with the session


This script can be used to set things up for testing pretty easily. Just update the LHOST value on L9 and open a session while it's sleeping.

use auxiliary/server/socks4a 
set SRVPORT 4000
use auxiliary/server/socks5 
set SRVPORT 5000

use payload/python/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
sleep 12

route add -1
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@dwelch-r7 dwelch-r7 merged commit d829f2a into rapid7:master Feb 12, 2020
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dwelch-r7 commented Feb 12, 2020

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Fixes the usage of getsockname / getlocalname for the SOCKS5 server resolving issue #11513

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