Exploiting Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Services

Lab Steps

Logging into the Microsoft Azure Portal
Connecting to the Lab Host Virtual Machine Using RDP
Exploiting Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Services

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Time Limit40m
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Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) are a generic framework for clients to execute procedures on servers and have the result returned if there is one. Unfortunately, history has shown that RPCs can be vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks that allow attackers to inject malicious code that is executed. To make matters worse, many RPC services run with elevated privileges giving attackers complete control over vulnerable systems.

In this Lab, you will gain quite a bit of information via RPC services.  You will use a Kali Linux host to gain further information about a Metasploitable 2 host. Both hosts are running as virtual machines in a Hyper-V virtual environment.

This Lab is designed for the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) certification examination but is of value to security practitioners in general.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Scan remote systems for RPC access using Nmap
  • Learn about the kinds of information attackers may target
  • Describe the options available for securing RPC services

Intended Audience

This Lab is intended for:

  • CREST CPSA certification examinees
  • Security practitioners
  • System administrators


You should be familiar with:

  • Working at the command-line in Linux

You can fulfill the prerequisites by completing the Linux Command Line Byte Session Learning Path.


July 1st, 2019 - Added instruction to install the missing package on Kali Linux for rpcinfo

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About the Author

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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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