Bloodhound and Kerberoasting: An Overview

Bloodhound and Kerberoasting: An Overview

Bloodhound and Kerberoasting are two important concepts in the field of cybersecurity. Bloodhound is a tool used for mapping and analyzing Active Directory (AD) environments, while Kerberoasting is an attack technique that exploits weak Kerberos service account passwords to obtain encrypted Kerberos ticket-granting tickets (TGTs). In this blog post, we will provide an overview of both concepts and discuss their significance in the cybersecurity industry.


Bloodhound is an open-source tool that helps in mapping an organization's AD environment by collecting information about users, groups, computers, and other objects. It provides a visual representation of the relationships between these objects and helps identify potential security risks. Bloodhound can be used to identify excessive privileges, over-permissioned users, and other vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers.

Bloodhound works by querying AD and collecting information about objects and their attributes. It then uses graph theory algorithms to analyze the data and visualize the relationships between objects. The resulting graph can be used to identify paths of privilege escalation, identify over-permissioned users, and detect anomalies in the AD environment.

The tool can be used in various ways, such as identifying privileged accounts, finding paths to domain admin, or locating potential targets for lateral movement. Bloodhound can also be used for red teaming and penetration testing to identify weaknesses in an organization's AD environment.


Kerberos is a network authentication protocol used in Windows-based environments. It is used to authenticate users and computers to network resources. Kerberos relies on a set of service accounts that are used to encrypt and decrypt Kerberos tickets. Kerberoasting is an attack technique that exploits weak Kerberos service account passwords to obtain encrypted Kerberos ticket-granting tickets (TGTs). These encrypted TGTs can then be cracked offline to obtain the plain-text password of the service account.

The Kerberoasting attack is carried out in the following steps:

  1. The attacker identifies the Kerberos service accounts in the AD environment.
  2. The attacker uses a tool such as Bloodhound to identify high-value targets, such as domain admins or other privileged accounts.
  3. The attacker requests a Kerberos service ticket for a targeted service account.
  4. The attacker captures the encrypted TGT and saves it for offline cracking.
  5. The attacker uses a password cracking tool such as Hashcat to crack the encrypted TGT and obtain the plain-text password.
  6. The attacker can then use the obtained password to gain access to the targeted service account and potentially escalate privileges.

Kerberoasting is a powerful attack technique that can be used to obtain sensitive information and gain unauthorized access to systems and resources. It is difficult to detect because it does not require the attacker to interact with the network in real-time. Additionally, it is difficult to defend against because it relies on the use of strong passwords for Kerberos service accounts.

Mitigating Bloodhound and Kerberoasting Attacks

To mitigate Bloodhound and Kerberoasting attacks, organizations can take several measures. These include:

  1. Implementing strong password policies: Organizations should implement strong password policies that require complex and unique passwords for all accounts, including Kerberos service accounts.
  2. Regularly rotating passwords: Passwords should be rotated regularly to ensure that any compromised passwords are rendered useless.
  3. Monitoring AD environments: Organizations should regularly monitor their AD environments for unusual activity, such as attempts to access sensitive information or changes to permissions.
  4. Limiting privileges: Privileges should be limited to only those users who require them to perform their job duties. This reduces the attack surface and limits the impact of any successful attacks.
  5. Enabling two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication can be used to add an extra layer of security to Kerberos service