Hack The Box Write-up - Carrier

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Write-up for the machine Carrier from Hack The Box. This box is really fun since it allows you to try something yourself that you otherwise only hear about in the news. BGP hijacking is required to get the root flag. You start by checking out the admin interface of an ISP called Lyghtspeed Networks. Fuzzing the web server, you find some documentation on error codes which suggest you could log in with default admin credentials. However, the password is a serial number of the device. Some UDP port scans later you realize there is SNMP running and it spits out this number. Once inside the admin interface you read some support tickets. One of them is about an important FTP server is a specific network attached to a neighboring AS. Also, there is a feature to check router status which turns out to be vulnerable to command injection. This vulnerability turns into a shell on the router. This was all easy but now the fun begins. You must carefully manipulate the route advertisements to direct the traffic to this mysterious FTP server over the compromised router. Dumping the traffic reveals the FTP password. The root flag is now only one FTP download away. All in all a really interesting challenge and a great way to learn more about how the Internet actually works.
Port scans A fast masscan scan returns only two open ports: $ masscan -e tun0 -p 1-65535 --rate 2000 ... Discovered open port 80/tcp on Discovered open port 22/tcp on With nmap we can see we are in front of a Ubuntu Linux box with OpenSSH and Apache web servers running. Version 2.4.18 of Apache suggests the box is likely Ubuntu Xenial (click): $ nmap -sV -sC -p 22,80 10.

Hack The Box Write-up - Access

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Write-up for the machine Access from Hack The Box. This one is a pretty easy box. The main challenges are processing proprietary Windows files (MS Access DBs, MS Outlook PST files, Windows shortcuts) on a Kali box and understanding stored Windows credentials. To get started, enumerate to find open FTP and Telnet ports as well as a web server. Ignore port 80 and log into FTP anonymously to find a Microsoft Access database with a username and password inside. Use it to get a shell via the Microsoft Telnet service available on port 23. To escalate privileges, you can now use "runas" with saved admin credentials. On one of the users' desktops there is a shortcut which is a hint to this solution. However, it is also easily discovered by enumeration. Although not necessary to get the flag, I demonstrate in the end of this post how to get the plaintext admin password using impacket.
Port scans A quick port scan with masscan reveals a bunch of open ports: $ masscan -e tun0 -p 1-65535 --rate 2000 ... Discovered open port 21/tcp on Discovered open port 80/tcp on Discovered open port 23/tcp on nmap provides more details on these ports. They run the expected services on a Windows box: $ nmap -sV -sC -p 21,23,80 ... PORT STATE SERVICE VERSION 21/tcp open ftp Microsoft ftpd | ftp-anon: Anonymous FTP login allowed (FTP code 230) |_Can't get directory listing: TIMEOUT | ftp-syst: |_ SYST: Windows_NT 23/tcp open telnet?

How to get rid of default Mac OS apps like GarageBand

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GarageBand from Apple is probably an amazing program for people who love to listen to and create music. I don't, so I lately decided to get rid of these unused 1s and 0s on my disk. Turns out it is not as easy as it sounds since Apple does not like it if you tamper with the Mac OS experience they have in mind for you. Consequently, there is no official uninstaller. It is not too hard though to discover the files yourself and just delete them. Using GarageBand as the example, this post is about how to navigate the Mac OS file system and purge all traces of the Mac OS standard applications that nobody ever asked for.
tl;dr This post is about how to discover files on Mac OS for those apps Apple forgot to put an uninstaller onto the system. If you don’t care and just want to delete GarageBand right now, the short version is this: sudo rm -rf on the following list of directories should be all you need /Applications/GarageBand.app /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/ /Library/Application Support/GarageBand /Library/Application Support/iLifeMediaBrowser/Plug-Ins/iLMBGarageBandPlugin.ilmbplugin ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.STMExtension.GarageBand ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.garageband10 ~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.garageband10 ~/Library/Application Scripts/com.apple.STMExtension.GarageBand ~/Library/Caches/com.

Hack The Box Write-up - Active

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Write-up for the machine Active from Hack The Box. The machine is a very interesting exercise for those who do not work with Active Directory domain controllers every day but want to dive deeper into their inner workings. Basically, you find one such domain controller with plenty of open ports. After a short distraction in form of a web server with no content, you find that you get unauthenticated access to an SMB share with some group policy files in it. Inside, you find an encrypted password. It is easy to decrypt though since the key is public information. With these credentials, you get not only the first flag but also access to the AD itself. Searching for server principal names reveals that the Administrator account is kerberoastable. With impacket and john, it is easy to crack the password of this account. Now the root flag is only one execution of psexec away.
Enumeration Port scan We start as usual with a quick masscan to get open ports as fast as possible. It returns lots of results: $ masscan -e tun0 -p 1-65535 --rate 2000 Starting masscan 1.0.4 (http://bit.ly/14GZzcT) at 2018-09-13 20:54:40 GMT -- forced options: -sS -Pn -n --randomize-hosts -v --send-eth Initiating SYN Stealth Scan Scanning 1 hosts [65535 ports/host] Discovered open port 53/tcp on Discovered open port 9389/tcp on 10.

Hack The Box Write-up - Dropzone

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Write-up for the machine Dropzone from Hack The Box. This is a very interesting box since you have to get in only by writing files to arbitrary locations. An initial TCP port scan returns no open ports at all, only after scanning UDP you find an open TFTP daemon on port 69. After playing with it a little, you find out the box is an old Windows XP machine and you can read and write anywhere. The flag is hidden so you need a shell to explore the system. Remembering the old Stuxnet exploits, you can find a way in by exploiting Windows WMI with a malicious MOF file uploaded to a special folder. The last step to get both flags is to read the ADS of the hidden file, which only works after uploading the streams.exe tools from Sysinternals.
Enumeration Port scan As usual, start with a quick port scan to identify open ports for inspection: $ masscan -e tun0 -p 1-65535 --rate 2000 Starting masscan 1.0.4 (http://bit.ly/14GZzcT) at 2018-10-08 20:55:02 GMT -- forced options: -sS -Pn -n --randomize-hosts -v --send-eth Initiating SYN Stealth Scan Scanning 1 hosts [65535 ports/host] Not a single open port was identified. Instead of debugging masscan, checking the VPN connection, trying out all sorts of firewall evasion techniques, or going crazy otherwise, remember port scans do TCP by default but can do UDP as well:

Hack The Box Write-up - DevOops

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Write-up for the machine DevOops from Hack The Box. The box is Python-focused and illustrates nicely the various kinds of mistakes you can make when using Python libraries carelessly. XML parsing is vulnerable to XXE, giving access to source code. The source reveals that pickle is used to parse user input, which turns into RCE as an unpriviledged user. From there, searching the history of a git repository left on the box exposes a deleted private key, which can be used to SSH in with root. There is an unintended shortcut since the SSH key of the unpriviledged user is accessible via XXE, but I ignore this way in for this write-up.
Enumeration Port scan Start with a fast standard port scan and you find only two open ports: $ masscan -e tun0 -p 1-65535 --rate 2000 ... Discovered open port 22/tcp on Discovered open port 5000/tcp on A targeted nmap scan confirms SSH on port 22 and identifies port 5000 as a Python web server, running gunicorn: $ nmap -sV -sC -p 22,5000 .

Hack The Box Write-up - Sunday

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Write-up for the machine Sunday from Hack The Box. The box is pretty straightforward but still cool to do. You start with enumerating finger, finding some usernames. If you did thorough port scans and did not miss SSH on a non-standard port, one of these names allow you to brute-force your way into the box. Cracking a password hash from a shadow-file backup you find get's you to the other, from which you can escalate to root after realizing you can sudo wget.
After quite a while, this is another write for a Hack The Box machine. This time for “Sunday”, a relatively easy machine based on Solaris. Never worked with this OS before, so I was keen to see what I would find. Enumeration Port scan To start, we quickly scan the ports of the box. An initial scan with high rate using masscan takes only a few seconds and reveals a few open ports:

flaws.cloud - Level 2

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In a previous post, I covered level 1 of flAWS.cloud, a CTF-style cloud security game in which you have to find your way in to an AWS account by abusing common misconfigurations. This walkthrough now covers level 2, in which you discover content in another vulnerable bucket. This time, S3 ACLs are the culprit. The level demonstrates one of the most common mistakes in S3 access control configuration.
In level 1, we discovered that the homepage http://flaws.cloud is hosted in an S3 bucket with Amazons static page feature. Since the creator of the bucket configured the permissions such that unauthenticated users could list it, we discovered a secret file named “secret-dd02c7c.html”. It lead us to the start page of level 2. Now, the level description says we have to do something similar, but need our own AWS account this time.

flaws.cloud - Level 1

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flAWS.cloud is a set of CTF-like challenges that teach you common security issues in AWS accounts. This post is the first of a series of walkthroughs for these challenges. It's basically a short writeup on how to solve level 1, followed by a brief explanation of the AWS configuration that leads to this flaw and how to mitigate it. Before reading, go [here](http://flaws.cloud/) and try yourself first! ;)
Adoption of cloud computing is rising rapidly. Studies predict it will soon surpass on-premises hosting also for enterprise workloads. Large corporates are hesitant mostly due to security concerns, which are partly of more general nature (“uploading data to the cloud”), but also due to the myriad of cloud security failures you read about every day in the news. For example, many companies misconfigure AWS S3 bucket permissions and leave sensitive data unprotected.

Steganography challenge - The Book of Secrets

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A small steganography challenge illustrating basic tricks used to hide data inside images. This post introduces the challenge, walks you through the soliution, and ends by describing how the challenge was created. The solution involves some basic JPG image screening, hexedit surgery, and password cracking with custom wordlists.
Steganography is the practice of hiding information inside other media like images, audio or video files, text, or pretty much anything else. It is different from encryption in that it aims not at making information unreadable but at concealing the very fact that it is there. Steganography and steganalysis (detection of steganography) are long-standing fields of research. Overviews of the field can be found, e.g., in Subhedar/Mankar (2014) or ZieliƄska/Mazurczyk/Szczypiorski (2014).

Hack The Box Write-up - SolidState

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Write-up for the machine SolidState from Hack The Box. Requires thorough port scanning to find an esoteric telnet admin interface of the Apache James email server. With default root credentials, you become James admin and break into people's email inboxes. Inside, you find SSH credentials, bypass a restricted shell and finally find an insecure cron job to escalate to root.
This is my second write-up for a machine from Hack The Box. It is again a rather easy one but still lots of fun. Lots of opportunities to do some oldschool telnet work on email servers. It starts with port scanning and illustrates the importance of scanning also more unpopular ports. After finding the email server with default credentials, you must use your administrator power to get code execution. Once on the box, all you have to do is finding an insecure cron job and you are root.