digitalworld.local-BRAVERY: Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today we will be solving a boot2root lab from Vulnhub called Bravery. This lab, like many others, is a good way to keep your penetration testing skills sharp while getting some variety.

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Penetration Methodologies


  • Netdiscover
  • Nmap


  • Mount NFS share directory
  • SMB shared file enumeration


  • Abusing CMS via RFI
  • Obtaining reverse shell via netcat

Privilege Escalation

  • Abusing SUID binary
  • Capture the Flag



Let’s start with network scanning to identify the IP of VM with the help of netdiscover.

So we have our target IP now, let’s scan services and ports via nmap.

We got a fruitful result from nmap scan as we saw so many services were running on the various port.


We found network share service is available via port 2049, so we thought to check shared directory in the network. We have therefore installed NFS-client on our local machine and have a command to identify the shared directory available to mount on our local computer.

we found /var/nfsshare is a shared directory that we can mount in our local machine as given below:

Hmmm!!! After exploring all files, we concluded that “qwertyuioplkjhgfdsazxcvbnm” could be the password.

Because port 445 is also available for SMB, even we have also obtained a password recently thus we can try connecting to SMB to list shared folders. But first we need to enumerate SMB shared directory and for that, we can go with Enum4linux.

As you can observe, enum4linux showed two shared folders: anonymous and secured. And we can access them with the help of smb-client.

We have successfully accessed the shared folder “anonymous”, where I have seen some user’s folders. But while doing an internal recon, I didn’t notice any interesting clues.

So, I’m moving to another “secured” folder and here I found three files, which I downloaded on my local computer.

Then, each file opened, and some helpful URLs were found, we’re going to navigate them one by one, moreover, the last line was pitching for any CMS login.

Initially, we looked at the URL given below but that was no use to us.

We then explored another URL and found no useful stuff here, too.

At last we move to the third and final URL found from the genevieve.txt. Fortunately, I found the following web page differing from two previous results and it could have been CMS.

I found a Cuppa CMS login page by exploring other tabs. This might be a turning point as we are attempting to exploit CMS cuppa.


I dig out cuppa exploit from inside the searchsploit without wasting time and the CMS is vulnerable to LFI/RFI.

Thus, I found a Remote Inclusion File URL when I checked the POC. We now have to be prepared with a reverse shell for the exploitation of RFI.

Therefore, I used php-reverse-shell from inside /usr/share/webshell/php and modified the listening IP with Kali’s IP then launch Python HTTP server for file transferring and start netcat listener on listening port.

When everything is ready! Just trigger the following URL to exploit RFI.

We’ll get a netcat session for the victim’s machine as soon as we trigger the URL. Now we have a low privilege shell and we need to enhance privilege in order to achieve a higher privilege shell. Therefore, to find SUID enable binaries, I run the following command.

Hmmm! So here I notice cp (copy command) has SUID permission that means I can copy any file as root. Now let’s try to escalate the privilege by exploiting SUID enable binary by copying our edited /etc/passwd file inside the victim’s machine.

Privilege Escalation

Suppose I would like to create a new user (raj) with root privilege inside /etc/password file of victim’s machine. So first we need to copy the content of /etc/passwd file in a text file inside our local machine and then with the help of OpenSSL generates the salt password for user raj and then copy the salt value.

Now open the text file where you have pasted the content of /etc/passwd of victim’s machine and add a new row for user raj along with the salt value that we have generated. Named the file as passwd and transfer this file into victim machine, so that we can replace our /etc/passwd file with original /etc/passwd file of the VM.

For downloading /etc/passwd file into Victim’s machine, execute the following command and get the root access to grab the flag.

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unknowndevice64 v2.0: Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today we are going to take on another boot2root challenge “uknowndevice64 v2.0” by Ajay Verma. Our goal is to get root and read flag.txt with at least two different ways.

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Difficulty: Beginner

Penetrating Methodology:


  • Netdiscover
  • NMAP


  • Web Directory search 
  • Credential harvesting


  • SSH login (1st Method)
  • ADB login (2nd Method)

Privilege Escalation

  • Exploit sudo rights

Capture the Flag



Let’s start off by scanning the network and identifying host IPs. We can identify our host IP as by using netdiscover. Next, we have to scan this IP using nmap.

The result shows that freeciv is running on port 5555, ssh is running on port 6465 and netbus is running on 12345.

First, we try to open the IP into browser with port 12345 we were prompted to login. So, we tried the basic credentials with different combinations and got succeeded with ‘Administrator’ as username and password as ‘password’.

After logging in, a webpage appeared as you can see here. But nothing of our use. 

Then tried to access the robots.txt file. We got lucky and found a file here named ‘./info.php’ inside it.   

When we opened this in the browser, we are prompted to download it.

When we open this downloaded file, we got an SSH private key inside it. So, we copied the text from “BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY” to “END RSA PRIVATE KEY” and saved it in a file named ‘sshkey’. Besides this key we can see “unkn0wnd3vic3-64” at the end of the file, let’s save this as of now.   

Here first we have changed permission for the file ‘sshkey’. Then login into ssh using this file on port 6465(as ssh is running on port 6465). And we are asked to enter a passphrase for this ssh we used the text “unkn0wnd3vic3-64” that we saved from info.php and it worked. After that, we switched as root user and listed the content of root.

We spotted a directory named ‘system’ and inside system, we found a file ‘flag.txt’. This is our flag!    

Another way

We will be using previously gained information to save time. As we knew from Nmap scan that freeciv is running on port 5555 so tried to connect it with adb. After getting a shell, we switched to root and captured the flag (as we already knew the flag is inside flag.txt within system directory).

Finally!! The challenge is completed, and we have grabbed the flag.txt file using two different approaches.

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Silky-CTF: 0x01: Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today we will be solving a boot2root lab from Vulnhub called SILKY-1. This lab, like many others, is a good way to keep your penetration testing skills sharp while getting some variety.

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Level: Easy-Intermediate

Task: Boot to Root (flag.txt)

Penetration Methodologies


  • Netdiscover
  • Nmap


  • Web Spreading
  • txt
  • Generating Password Dictionary (Crunch)


  • Brute force attack (Hydra)
  • SSH Login

Identify SUID Enable Binaries

  • Privilege Escalation
  • Exploit PATH Variable

Capture the flag



We start by scanning the network for targets using Netdiscover.

So we found target IP and proceed by running a Nmap scan for all its ports to see what we can find.

Since port 8080 is running HTTP-proxy, so our obvious choice is to browse Target’s IP in the browser but didn’t find any hint.


We checked the robots.txt file for the results of nmap and showed /notes.txt as our next indication.

So, we found a text message that is written in German when we explored the notes.txt file.

With the help of Google translator, I translate the German message, which was connected to password hint:

I absolutely have to remove the password from the page, after all, the last 2 characters are missing. But still.

Then again, I visit the home page to view its source code and found a link for script.js

So, I found the word: s1lKy when navigating to /script.js as shown below.  Hmmm!!! This word s1lKy could be the possible password as said in the above text message.

So, without wasting time I decided to generate a dictionary with the help of crunch. As per the text message last 2 characters are missing. But these 2 characters could be any combination such as alpha-alpha, alpha-ALPHA, alpha-numeric, alpha-special character or vice-versa and so on.

And after spending almost one-an-hour I successfully found the valid combination for ssh login as port 22 is opened.


Assuming username could be silky, and password could be in pass.txt, I lunched brute force attack using hydra on port 22 for identifying the valid combination of ssh login.

Since we found silky:s1lky#5 as username and password for ssh login, now it was time to access ssh shell and escalated the root privilege to capture the flag.

Once I logged in successfully than without wasting much time, I looked for SUID enabled binaries and here /usr/bin/sky looks interesting.

Although when I run this program it shown “root” in its output as a result along with some German text. To analysis its result I try to inspect the program script with the help of strings which a command line utility to identify the file type.

Hmm!! the information I found through strings was that this program is executing to commands simultaneously. First, echo command to show the German text message and another whoami.

Privilege Escalation

To escalated root privilege, we can abuse PATH Variable as shown below and for more detail read the complete article from here.

OKAY!! We got another shell which is a root shell as shown below, let’s now grab the flag.txt file and complete the challenge.

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Sputnik 1: Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today we will be solving a boot2root lab from Vulnhub called Sputnick:1. This lab, like many others, is a good way to keep your penetration testing skills sharp while getting some variety.

Level: Easy

Task: To find flag.txt

Table of Content


  • Open ports and Running services (Nmap)


  • Web Directory search 
  • Credential harvesting


  • Splunk reverse and bind shell
  • Python reverse shell
  • Accessing shell

Privilege Escalation

  • Capture flag.txt


We start by scanning the network for targets using Netdiscover

So we found target IP and proceed by running a Nmap scan for all its ports to see what we can find.


The scan shows us we have port 8089, 8191, 55555 and 61337 open. Port 55555 has an associated IP address and a directory link for git repository; we investigate it to see what we can find. We copy and paste it into our browser.

We access the “Logs” directory and click on the “HEAD” file within.

There is a link for a Git page, we go to the link and find Flappy. Git clone is used to clone and download the file to our system for further investigation.

Once the file in downloaded we explore its contents but nothing stands out, so we access their logs.

We see that the command gave us the logs for our file and the search starts. We focus on the commit’s and start searching through them.

Finally, we come across the highlighted commit and strike gold!

We use the “ls-tree” to get an indented listing of the file.

The screenshot shows a file named “secret”; we used the git show command on its string to see what is reveals

Now, what could this be? We recalled seeing a Splunk service running on port 61337, we accessed it on our browser to find a login screen for Splunk.

Exploitation (Splunk)

The information we got earlier from the previous screenshot is in fact login credentials. The username is “sputnik” and the password is “ameer_says_thank_you_and_god_job”, we enter these and are able to get into the Splunk account.

We looked around for a while and then decided to upload a shell to the account. On searching, we found a way to weaponize Splunk with reverse and bind shell from //

The .gz file from the link was saved on our system, we navigate to the “App: Search & Reporting” option and click on “Search & Reporting”

Click on the “Install app from file” option.

Using the browse option, we find our shell, select it and upload it.

Click on the “Restart Now” to restart the application.

We scroll down to find our shell file as shown below. Before we can run, it we need to click on the “Permissions” option to change its permissions.

Configuration files need to be added in order to run the shell successfully, here we set permission to everyone and at the bottom, we click on the “All apps” radio button and save this change.

Now to execute the shell. We navigate to the search option in Splunk and type in our command defining that we want a reverse shell of standard type to talk to out attach machines IP on the listening port.

Access Victim’s Shell

Netcat is running on our machine listening on port 1234 and see shell talking back.

The “id” command was used to no avail so we decided to step it up a notch.

We used Msfvenom to create a python payload.

The payload is uploaded through our existing Netcat session, all that needed to be done was the payload to be pasted into the terminal and executed.

A new Netcat session is started on the port (4444) that we defined in our payload and we see the execution occur flawlessly.

Privilege Escalation

We run the “id” command to see that our user is “splunk”.

Time privilege escalation. On the splunk prompt, we first run the “sudo -l” command and enter the password that we used earlier to log into Splunk “ameer_says_thank_you_and_good_job” where we found splunk user can ed as root.

So close to root! Now, all we have to do is run the “sudo ed” command and then the “!/bin/sh” command. Type in “id” and there you go! We have root!

Time to look for our flag.

We look in the root directory to find “flag.txt” and use “cat” to open it. Hooray for us!

As always, we at Hacking Articles hope you enjoy this lab and share it with your collogues. This lab has a great feature that gives you an insight into exploiting Splunk. Overall the lab is easy and the level of frustration it might induce is minimal.

Have fun and stay ethical.

About The Author

Abhimanyu Dev is a Certified Ethical Hacker, penetration tester, information security analyst and researcher. Connect with him here