Penetration Testing

SNMP Lab Setup and Penetration Testing

What is SNMP?

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a protocol for network management. It is used for collecting information from and configuring, network devices, such as servers, printers, hubs, switches, and routers on an Internet Protocol (IP) network. It usually runs on UDP port 161.

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Create a New Virtual Machine using the VMware and change the Network Adapter to Bridged as shown in the given screenshot.

After completing the initial setup in the VMware Boot the Newly created Virtual Machine by clicking on the Power on the Virtual Machine.

The Default Login Credentials for Vyos are

Username: vyos
Password: vyos

The Initial Boot of Vyos will be as shown below:

This is a Live Boot of the vyos, so we will install the vyos to use it properly.

We will use the ISO image to install vyos. Type the following command:

install image

Enter “Yes” where it asks to continue.

Next, it will ask about the partition management.

Enter “Auto” where it asks about Partition.

It will detect the drives in the Virtual System and ask you to select the particular drive in which you want to install vyos.

Enter “sda” where it asks about the location for installation.

Next, it will ask about the size for the root partition for the vyos.

You can enter any size from 1000MB to 21474MB. But it is recommended to keep it maximum i.e. 21474MB.

Next, it will ask about the name for the image.

By default, the name is set to the version number that is 1.1.8. You can either give a personalized name or you can leave it default.

Next, it will ask about the location to copy the sda.

It is recommended to keep it default.

After that, it will ask for the password to be kept for the administrator account.

By default, it is kept vyos. But from the security point of view, it is recommended to change it to something complex which is difficult to guess or brute force.

Now it will ask for the drive on which you want to set up GRUB Boot-loader? Again leave it to default to “sda”.

After that, we have completed the vyos setup. Reboot using the command


After reboot, it will ask for login credentials, Enter the credential that you entered during the installation.

Now we will configure the Network Interface. To do that, we will have to enter the configuration mode.


After entering into configuration mode set up the Network interface

Syntax: set interface ethernet [network interface] address [Static IPv4 Address]

set interface ethernet eth0 address

Now Commit and Save the Configuration


After that type “exit” to get out of configuration mode and then reboot the machine using “reboot” command

We are rebooting because the configuration changes come in effect only after a reboot.

You can then view the interface which we configured by using the command

show interfaces

Note: Above command will run in configuration mode.

Start SNMP service

Now we will set up the SNMP service in the Vyos.

For that, we will enter configuration mode using the command


Now to set up the SNMP service we will need to add a community string and give it an authorization. To do that:

Syntax: set service SNMP community [community-string] authorization [auth-mode]

[community-string]: It can be anything but normally it is either public or private. But from a security point of view, it is recommended to keep it that cannot be easily guessed or brute-forced.

[auth-mode]: It is the Authorization Mode. We have two options

  1. [ro]: Read Only Authorization (It can only be used to read or extract data, we can change it using this string)
  2. [rw]: Read Write Authorization (It can be used to change the data using the string)
set service snmp community ignite123 authorization ro
set service snmp community ignite321 authorization rw

Now let’s set a user for the system.

Firstly Enter the Configuration Mode.


Now to add a user we will use the following command,

Syntax: set system login user [username] authentication plaintext-password [password]

set system login user ignite authentication plaintext-password ignite123

After this commit the configuration and save it. Also, reboot the machine so that changes may take effect.

We have successfully completed the SNMP Lab in Vyos.

SNMP Enumeration using Kali Linux

Now that we have set up the SNMP service let’s pentest it through Kali Linux inbuilt tools one by one, where We can read and extract information using the community string that has the authorization of reading only but to change the information we will have to use the community string with the read and write authorization.


Let’s check using nmap in Kali Linux Machine which is running on the same network.

nmap –sU –p161,162

[-sU]: UDP Ports as SNMP service runs on UDP port

[-p]: Specify Port Number; SNMP service runs on port 161 and 162

From given below image you can be observed that it has also shown port 161 is open.


snmpwalk is an SNMP application that uses SNMP GETNEXT requests to query a network entity for a tree of information.

snmpwalk -v1 -c ignite321


[-v]: Specifies what SNMP version to use (1, 2c, 3)

[-c]: Community String

From given below image you can observe all details that are specified for “STRING”


We can manipulate these details using the iso id, using another tool snmpset. Here we are renaming the host string from vyos to hacked

snmpset –v1 –c ignite321 iso. Hacked

Let’s check if the changes we implemented had an effect using snmpwalk

snmpwalk –v1 –c ignite321

As you can see that we have successfully change the hostname from vyos to hacked.

We can extract the number of information using snmpwalk

snmpwalk –v1 -c ignite321

snmpwalk –v1 -c ignite321

snmpwalk -v1 –c ignite321

As the data extracted by SNMP walk is quite large we can extract that into a text file by using the command below

snmpwalk –v1 -c ignite321 > snmpout.txt

We can use gedit to view the extracted information

gedit snmpout.txt


Like to snmpwalk, SNMP-check allows you to enumerate the SNMP devices and places the output in a very human readable friendly format. It could be useful for penetration testing or systems monitoring.

snmp-check -p 161 -c ignite123


[-p]: To specify the port

[-c]: To specify Community String


Braa is a mass SNMP scanner. The intended usage of such a tool is, of course, making SNMP queries – but unlike snmpwalk from net-snmp, it is able to query dozens or hundreds of hosts simultaneously, and in a single process. Thus, it consumes very few system resources and does the scanning VERY fast.

Braa implements its OWN snmp stack, so it does NOT need any SNMP libraries like net-snmp.

Syntax: braa [Community-string]@[IP of SNMP server]:[iso id]

braa ignite123@*


We can enumerate SNMP using a Metasploit module called snmp_enum.

use auxiliary/scanner/snmp/snmp_enum
msf auxiliary(scanner/snmp/snmp_enum) > set rhosts
msf auxiliary(scanner/snmp/snmp_enum) > set community ignite123
msf auxiliary(scanner/snmp/snmp_enum) > run

We have fetched the same result from Metasploit as above.

Author: Pavandeep Singh is a Technical Writer, Researcher and Penetration Tester Contact here