Empire 4.0 and Beyond - V. Rose, A. Rose



C2 framework in Python 3 for Windows, Linux, macOS exploitation

Title:
Empire 4.0 and Beyond

Presenter:
Vincent "Vinnybod" Rose, Anthony "Cx01N" Rose


Abstract:
Empire is a Command and Control (C2) framework powered by Python 3 that supports Windows, Linux, and macOS exploitation. It has evolved significantly since its introduction in 2015 and has become one of the most widely used open-source C2 platforms. Starting life as PowerShell Empire and later merging in Empyre, Empire is now a full-fledged .NET C2 leveraging PowerShell, Python, C#, and Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) agents. It offers a flexible modular architecture that links Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) through the MITRE ATT&CK database. The framework aims to provide a flexible and easy-to-use interface to easily incorporate a wide array of tools into a single platform for red team operations to emulate APTs. This presentation will explore our most recent upgrades in Empire 4.0, including C# and IronPython agents, Customizable Bypasses, Malleable HTTP C2, Donut Integration, Beacon Object File (BoF), and much more. In addition, our team will be giving a preview of Empire 5.0 and its features. The most exciting of these being the brand-new web client (Starkiller 2.0) and v2 API, which will be released later this year.


Biography:
Vincent "Vinnybod" Rose is the lead developer for Empire and Starkiller. He is a software engineer with experience in cloud services, large-scale web applications, build pipeline automation, and big data ETL. Vinnybod has presented at Black Hat and has taught courses at DEF CON on Red Teaming and Offensive PowerShell. He currently maintains a cybersecurity blog focused on offensive security at https://www.bc-security.org/blog/.

Anthony "Cx01N" Rose, CISSP, is a Security Researcher and Chief Operating Officer at BC Security, where he specializes in adversary tactic emulation planning, Red and Blue Team operations, and embedded systems security. He has presented at numerous security conferences, including Black Hat, DEF CON, and RSA conferences. Anthony is the author of various offensive security tools, including Empire and Starkiller, which he actively develops and maintains. He is recognized for his work, revealing widespread vulnerabilities in Bluetooth devices and is the co-author of a cybersecurity blog at https://www.bc-security.org/blog/.