Steal or Forge Kerberos Tickets: Silver Ticket

Adversaries who have the password hash of a target service account (e.g. SharePoint, MSSQL) may forge Kerberos ticket granting service (TGS) tickets, also known as silver tickets. Kerberos TGS tickets are also known as service tickets.[1]

Silver tickets are more limited in scope in than golden tickets in that they only enable adversaries to access a particular resource (e.g. MSSQL) and the system that hosts the resource; however, unlike golden tickets, adversaries with the ability to forge silver tickets are able to create TGS tickets without interacting with the Key Distribution Center (KDC), potentially making detection more difficult.[2]

Password hashes for target services may be obtained using OS Credential Dumping or Kerberoasting.

ID: T1558.002
Sub-technique of:  T1558
Tactic: Credential Access
Platforms: Windows
Permissions Required: User
Data Sources: Authentication logs, Windows event logs
Version: 1.0
Created: 11 February 2020
Last Modified: 25 March 2020

Procedure Examples

Name Description

Empire can leverage its implementation of Mimikatz to obtain and use silver tickets.[3]


Mimikatz's kerberos module can create silver tickets.[4]


Mitigation Description
Encrypt Sensitive Information

Enable AES Kerberos encryption (or another stronger encryption algorithm), rather than RC4, where possible.[5]

Password Policies

Ensure strong password length (ideally 25+ characters) and complexity for service accounts and that these passwords periodically expire.[5] Also consider using Group Managed Service Accounts or another third party product such as password vaulting.[5]

Privileged Account Management

Limit service accounts to minimal required privileges, including membership in privileged groups such as Domain Administrators.[5]


Monitor for anomalous Kerberos activity, such as malformed or blank fields in Windows logon/logoff events (Event ID 4624, 4634, 4672).[2]

Monitor for unexpected processes interacting with lsass.exe.[6] Common credential dumpers such as Mimikatz access the LSA Subsystem Service (LSASS) process by opening the process, locating the LSA secrets key, and decrypting the sections in memory where credential details, including Kerberos tickets, are stored.