@TryHackMe – Basic Pentesting Room

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post – I will give a walk-through on a boot-to-root room called, “Basic Pentesting Room”. This boot to root is perfect to get practice in preparation for the OSCP.

Let’s get started.

Logging into TryHackMe with your credentials and heading into the room we see the following:

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OK, we have tasks to complete and we will learn the following skills – brute forcing, hash cracking, service enumeration, and Linux enumeration.

The first question is:

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Clicking the deploy button at the top we get the following:

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Second question is:

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OK, we need to find the services exposed. What can we do?

One solution is to use nmap -sV (TCP scan) <IP address>

In this case it would be nmap -sV 10.0.0.204. Doing this we see the following screenshot:

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Success! We now have the services.

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Let’s use dirb to find the hidden directories. See the following screenshot:

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Our hidden directory is development.

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Reviewing our enumeration we see that ports 139 and 445 are open. These ports are used for SMB (Server Message Blocks) which are HIGHLY vulnerable. Let’s run the command enum4linux and see what we find.

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We found two users: kay and jan

Question #5!

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First, entering kay, I received an error. Let’s try entering jan. Success!

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Let’s fire up Hydra which is password cracking tool with the password list of rockyou (this password list is used a lot in Kali and even in the OSCP… hint, hint!)

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The service we use to access the server is SSH.

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kay

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Since we have a new user (kay) and we have a ssh folder that lists the public key we can try to get the password.

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From question #10 we have the user (kay) and a public key how can we go about cracking the key?

Doing a quick Google search, I was presented with the following link.

Scrolling down we see the following:

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Let’s see if we can recreate this to find the passphrase. Using the ssh2john we created the hash.

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Next we’ll use John The Ripper with the famous rockyou wordlist to see if we can crack the passphrase.tryhackme_kay1We were successful! The passphrase is beeswax. Let’s try to ssh with kay’s private key and see if we can get in.

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Entering the passphrase we see that we were able to successfully log into the kay account! Just to be sure I issued the command of whoami (don’t mind the fat fingering!)

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tryhackme_kay_passwordNext, we run the list command to see what we’re working with. We see a pass.bak file, let’s see if this lists the password. Opening the file we see the password. Score!

Let’s run sudo -l, which will show us what commands kay can run as root. We’re prompted with the password and we entered the password that we just acquired. We’re presented with all of the commands that kay can run, and we see that kay can execute all commands as root. Great, this will be helpful for us.

There’s another file that is important in the directory – bash_history. Bash_history is useful because it shows all the commands the user executed before logging off. Let’s open the file.

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After opening the file we see a lot of commands. There is one that is very useful – sudo su. If working correctly, running this command we will change from the kay user to root. In other words we would do privilege escalation – where we start as a non-admin user and through improper configuration change to a root user. Let’s try the command and see if it works.

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Running the sudo su command, and typing whoami, we see that we’re now root! We do another directory  listing which shows the files from before, so no change. Let’s see if we can get into the root directory.tryhackme_kay6

Changing to the root directory we see that there is a flag.txt file. Opening this file we presented with the verbiage above. We solved the challenge!

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OSCP Series: Kioptrix Level 3

Another day, another challenge.

In today’s blog post we’re going to solve level 3 of the Kioptrix series.

For the level 2 walk through, click HERE.

Let’s begin.

Starting the VM, we’re presented with the following login screen.

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Going back to the login screen the disclaimer states that we need to modify the /etc/hosts to include our IP address that our kioptrix3 vm is running.

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Let’s see which services are running on the virtual machineKioptrix_Level3_nmap

Hmm… we have two services open – ssh and http. Let’s go to the web application and do a manual crawl of the site.

Navigating to kioptrix3.com we see the following:

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Clicking the Login button we’re presented with a login screen. At the bottom we notice the page is using LotusCMS. Let’s keep this in mind, just in case we it to exploit the application.Kioptrix_Level3_webpage2_login

Let’s run nikto to see if we can find more vulnerabilities in the web application.

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We see that the application found a phpmyadmin folder. Let’s go to the folder and see what we can find.

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Going to the php page, we realize we don’t have login credentials, so at this point we can’t log into the phpmyadmin page. We know the application is using LotusCMS let’s see if there’s a LotusCMS module that we can use in Metasploit.

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After opening and searching Metasploit for LotusCMS we see there’s a perfect remote code execution we can use.

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After selecting the exploit let’s review the options to see what we need to add to the module to make the exploit work. We need a remote host (RHOST), remote port (RPORT) and the URI. Let’s add the information below.

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After entering the information, and typing run, we notice that we’re presented with a meterpreter shell! Let’s go to the home directory and see how many users are on the box.

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We have three users, dreg, loneferret, and www (web).  Let’s see what’s in the dreg folder.

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Searching the dreg folder we don’t see much. We see a bash_logout, bashrc, and profile scripts. Let’s move on to loneferret.

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Hmm… Loneferret has a lot of information. We see there’s a file titled, “.sudo_as_admin_successful”, a company police readme, and a checksec script. Let’s review the company policy readme.

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Well… it seem if we want to edit, create, or view files we need to use the command sudo ht. Let’s keep this in our toolbox because I am sure we will use it later. Remember we found a phpmyadmin page, let’s see if we can find a config file with login credentials.

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Doing a search on the kioptrix3 folder, we see there are three config files. Let’s review the last file, gconfig.php.

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Opening the gconfig.php file we notice there are login credentials for the phpmyadmin page! Let’s keep this in our toolbox because we might have to use it later.

At this point, we have php login credentials, but that’s not enough to gain root privileges. Let’s see if we can review the web application again for more clues.

We notice there’s a gallery section of the application. Maybe we can be lucky and the application is susceptible to sql injection.

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Adding an apostrophe to the end of the number there’s no change in the application. We notice at the bottom of the page  there’s a sorting option. Let’s see if changing the sorting option will invoke a SQL injection.Kioptrix_Level3_gallery_photo_id_before_sql_injection_2

Changing the sorting option to Photo Id, and adding the apostrophe to the end of the number, we get the following…Kioptrix_Level3_gallery_photo_id_sql_injection_2

Success! The application is susceptible to SQL injection. Let’s fire up sqlmap and see what goodies we can find.

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Executing a preliminary SQLMap run we see that SQLMap verified our manual testing results that the application is susceptible to SQL injection. SQLMap also found the technologies the application is using. Let’s do a more extensive probe. Firing SQLMap again we use the dump all to see what data we can find.

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We found the dev accounts database, and notice that we have two users dreg, and loneferret, along with their passwords. Remember these are the same users we found when we used Metasploit with the LotusCMS remote code execution.

Now that we have login credentials, and we know that loneferret has more promising information than dreg, let’s connect to loneferret’s account through ssh.

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Connecting to loneferret’s account, we try to access the root folder, but receive a permission denied (we’re not root… yet). We also try to execute the sudo ht command that was listed in the company readme file, and we get the error, “error opening terminal: xterm-256color”.

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Doing a quick google search we find that we need to use the following command “export TERM=xterm”. Doing this and running the sudo ht command again we’re presented with the following screenshot. Let’s see if we can view and modify the /etc/sudoers file and see if we can escalate our privileges from loneferret to root.

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Opening the /etc/sudoers file we notice that the loneferret has a user privilege escalation where a password is not required. Right now it’s for the commands: su, and sh. Let’s add our ht command to the list. After adding the command, saving, and exiting we’re presented back to the command prompt.

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Executing the command sudo /bin/sh, and running a whoami we see that we’ve been escalated to root! Running the ls command we see that we’re presented with the same information we had in our meterpreter shell. Changing our directory to /root we notice there’s a Congrats.txt file.Kioptrix_Level3_root2Kioptrix_Level3_root3

Opening the Congrats.txt file we have found the flag and completed the challenge!

OSCP Series: Kioptrix Level 2

Another day, another challenge.

In today’s post we’re going to solve Kioptrix Level 2.

Let’s get started.

After booting the machine, we see the following:

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This screen is very similar to level 1 click HERE if you missed that.

Let’s begin.

First, let’s enumerate using nmap, with the command nmap -sV <IP_ADDRESS>. In my case it will be nmap -sV 192.168.0.14

Below is the screenshot I have:

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We have a number of ports open. Let’s look at port 80 (http) and see what we can find.

Going to http://<IP_ADDRESS> (substitute IP_ADDRESS with your IP address)

We see the following screen:

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A login screen… let’s see if we can do an authentication bypass by doing a SQL injection.

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Entering the username of admin and password of ‘ OR ‘1’=’1′–

Success! We were able to complete an authentication bypass. Now we’re presented with a web console to ping a machine. So let’s ping.Kioptrix_webpage_console_Level2

Entering our IP address and pressing the submit button we see that the web page pings our machine.

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Let’s see if we can complete one or more commands in succession. This vulnerability is called command injection, as the attacker can enter arbitrary commands to read and write to the server.

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We see this application is vulnerable to command injection as we were able to ping our machine and list the contents on the server.

Let’s see if we can use the command injection vulnerability to get a remote shell.

Going to Google and typing in “remote shell commands” the following screenshot is from the first result.

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As you can see this web page lists different ways to gain a remote shell a server. Let’s use the first command, and see this will be successful for us.

First we need to get our IP address.

Entering the command in a terminal ifconfig we will get our IP address, which is what we need for our remote shell.

The below screenshot is mine:

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The next two steps need to be completed at the same time.

Going back to the web console, we’re going to enter the above remote shell command, changing our IP address, to the IP address from our ifconfig command. As well as change our port to the port listed in our netcat command (note the port can be anything, I just picked 4444 as it’s easier for me. It could be 1234, 2222, etc.)

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Now we need to start a listener, the below screenshot is used with netcat

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After pressing the submit button from the web console, we have the following screenshot – our remote shell worked! we see that we’re connected (192.168.0.14 is the Kioptrix machine and 192.168.0.12 is my machine). You’ll notice that when we list the directory it matches the above screenshot from the command injection inside the web console.

Continuing on let’s see the server version we’re running. See screenshot below.Kioptrix_webpage_uname_Level2

Opening a new terminal, let’s go to searchsploit and see how many exploits we can find for this version.Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_1_Level2Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_2_Level2Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_3_Level2Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_4_Level2Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_5_Level2Kioptrix_webpage_searchsploit_6_Level2

There are A LOT of exploits, as I was pretty lax on the search results. Let’s use exploit 9545.c as it lists the version number and it also use CentOS (which we saw during the enumeration phase) exploit.

Let’s copy the exploit to the current directory – see screenshot below.

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Since we’re working with a web server, we need to move our exploit to the Apache folder and start Apache. See screenshots below.

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Now let’s try to download our exploit. The first time doesn’t work as one we didn’t specify the file, and we get a permission denied – screenshot below.

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Let’s try to change the directory to the /tmp folder and see if we can download our exploit.Kioptrix_download_file_success_Level2

We were successful! Our exploit was downloaded.

Let’s compile our exploit, and give it the name of exploit. See screenshot below.Kioptrix_compiling_exploit_Level2

Running the exploit and entering the whoami command we’re now root. W00t! Kioptrix_whoami_root_Level2

Let’s see if we’re truly root – let’s read the /etc/shadow by entering the following command cat /etc/shadowKioptrix_etc_shadow_Level2Kioptrix_etc_shadow_2_Level2

We’re able to view the /etc/shadow file, which means we’re truly root.