Port Forwarding/Ip Routing

The metasploit autoroute function is not working. It’s giving me an error that it’s deprecated.

[!] Meterpreter scripts are deprecated. Try post/multi/manage/autoroute.
[!] Example: run post/multi/manage/autoroute OPTION=value [...]
[-] Could not execute autoroute: ArgumentError wrong number of arguments (given 2, expected 0..1)

newer version of metasploit doesn’t support metasploit scripts. hence the autoroute script wont work.
You should use the post/multi/manage/autoroute module to achieve the same objective.

Refer this link if you need a walk-through.

Not working

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Add the subnet without /24. Just provide
Verify the route with route command.

Same error as above. I did route in the meterpreter shell.
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface
default UG 0 0 0 ens192
link-local * U 1000 0 0 ens192 * U 0 0 0 ens192 * U 0 0 0 ens224

@jaa I tried ip route add via
I got this ip route add via RTNETLINK answers: File exists

Hello @1sroyrdso-1aabdd8b79,

There are a few things here:

  1. Autoroute has the netmask option, so adding /24 to the IP it’s not necessary and will probably cause errors.

  2. I’d migrate to a different payload than php if you want to autoroute via a meterpreter session as they are less prone to errors. For example; upload a .elf meterpreter payload and execute it on the target host.

  3. RTNETLINK answers: File exists means you already have the route configured in your host. However, this won’t work if you want to pivot through this host as it’s not a router. You’d need to use auxiliary/server/socks_proxy metasploit module and proxychains.


I’m also running into the same issue and am curious if a solution was found?


So here is an answer:

You need to background your session and add a route in msfconsole.
route add x.x.x.0 1 (this is the session you want this to add to)
route list
You should see the route now.
Then go back into your session by:
sessions -i 1
Should work. Here is a video I was able to find explaining this. The video is a bit long but at 4-5 minutes is the explanation.

Hope this helps!!!


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That did it, thanks. I was trying to get autoroute to work but sometimes you just have to do things the hard way. haha