Hack the USV VM (CTF Challenge)

A new challenge for all of you guys!

This CTF is all about conquering flags coming across our way as we go further in our penetration testing of this lab.  All the flags should be discovered in form of: Country name Flag:[md5 hash]. The network interface of this virtual machine will take it’s IP settings from DHCP.

Download lab from here : https://www.vulnhub.com/entry/usv-2016-v101,175/

Let’s get started with our first step.

From this we get our target IP.

Target IP: 192.168.0.103

Now we will scan it with nmap which will give us all the open ports in particular lab for further penetration testing.

This result shows that following ports are open 22 , 80 , 3129 , 3306 , 21211 and http proxy is used on port 3129.

So now lets proceed with further penetration testing. Firstly we’ll go with ssh on port 22.

Ssh revealed a ascii Dragon with some strings and a base64 code written at bottom. Looking closer you’ll see something written on top AES-ECB.

By Google search we found out that there is a website called aesencryption.net where we can decrypt the base64 code we got in our last result. So we will decrypt that code with the given key in image by all this process we arrived at our 1st flag i.e ITALY FLAG

Ok so now let’s head towards second flag and for that we are going to open target IP in browser as port 80 is also open. Look at that. We got access forbidden. No result.

As we opened target ip in browser simultaneously we have captured the cookies through burp suite after setting the manual proxy in browser. When all this is done, right click on its window where intercepted data is fetched and a kind of action list will put on view further click to send to repeater.

Look over screenshot below you will find two panel left and right for request and response respectively. In the response window the highlighted text is our flag.

As this code is in base64 so we are going to use HackBar plugin in Mozilla firefox which is preinstalled or can be easily installed. Whoa decoding the code in it we got another flag which is our second flag i.e. CROATIA FLAG

Moving ahead, from our nmap result we got that http-proxy is set on port 3129 so we will set proxy setting for our target IP with port number 3129 as shown below.

Now try opening target IP in browser and wait for few seconds like 10 sec. The proxy setting did the trick and website reveals a single page with a changing banner of “WINTER IS COMING” and “ALL MEN MUST DIE”. Some of you may be aware of this but for those who do not know about this. It is Games of Thrones.

The site didn’t show much so I used nikto scanner with proxy to get some information about it which will be helpful in further testing.

It reveals a wordpress login at /blog.

Ok!  Now open it in browser. Great, Games of Thrones notion is confirmed as Seven Kingdoms blog is shown.

Scrolling down in this site you can see that there is an interesting second post which shows ‘I have a message for you’. There is a highlighted option so jst try to open it in browser.

Awesome!!!! This reveals a message and a download link for a zip file. Interesting, so go ahead and download it.

Unzipping the file shows an image of a man with a bottle of perfume and a base64 encoded string at bottom.

Here we decrypt the code in the hackbar plugin which results in another flag. From this step we got our third flag i.e. PORTUGAL FLAG

 Now , returning to previous site there are several post which are all useless so just scroll down to see if there is something useful or not  and then comes a last post which is of our interest.

‘Protected: the secret chapter ‘

Oh! We have to provide a password to get through it. This one took some time and to spare your time I won’t go through my failures,

I have created dictionary of possible passwords which are nothing but some of the words in this whole page with the help of following command.

From the list we get that password is ‘westerosi’

Using this password we came to another page which revealed another flag in base64 encoded string and below it some kind of images of an actress.

 Now again decrypt it in and as a result we have our fourth flag i.e. PARAGUAY FLAG

Moving to one level up, from site we got another message that “the mother_of_dragons has a password which is in right front of your eyes”.

Knowing nothing about the eyes of actress I restored to google to see if I get any clue from there but no such luck.

I looked at the message again and it states ‘password which is in front of your eyes’

That’s the password of mother_of_dragons is ‘in front of your eyes’. But wait a minute where is this password is used.

We have ftp service running. So let’s try and get through it

bingo! Here that password is used. At the bottom result shows that children’s name is used for password. Again a password but this time it is used for wordpress login which we are going to use in coming steps.

gain I googled and found out she doesn’t had any children rather had 3 dragons named Drogon , Rhaegal and Viserion. So I put all these names into a file along with all possible combinations.

List is small so by entering each one the desired password could be find out.

Password is RhaegalDrogonViserion

Apply the credentials for wordpress and we are in!

Looking around the site I found the profile section which reveals the base64 encoded string for mother_of_dragons.

Like always decode the base64 code in HackBar and here we have another flag.

This is our fifth flag i.e. THAILAND FLAG

Now with only 2 flags left its time for shell access as we have wordpress.

Moving further, firstly make a php code through msfvenom which can be used to get the meterpreter session.

Being admin of the site I am able to edit the theme. So I replaced the 404.php code of template in Viking theme with the above highlighted php code.

On the other side to get the meterpreter session open kali terminal and run multi handler. And for that type the following commands.

as we have meterpreter session ,now go to shell and type following commands

it shows a reward_flag.txt file so call it with cat command

cat reward_flag.txt

As a result we get a base64 encoded string.

Do not worry soon this decoding thing is going to over as we have sixth flag with this decoding. So as a result our sixth flag is MONGOLIA FLAG

Back to another file in above list of files i.e. winterfell_messenger .  We see its executable and owner is root. So run it with following command

It shows that it’s using cat command to read a file in the /root directory.

Using strings shows that cat command is being used; however it’s not using the full path to the program. From this we come to know that it will search for set PATH to run.

 Now, we are able to update PATH by using export but first we need to find out the writable directory and for that we have used /tmp. In /tmp we will create an executable file named cat so it can be called by the winterfell_messenger program. This file will be running as root so we will use /bin/bash to call shell and to change the mode. Run the following commands.

After this step we are going to update the PATH to remove the /tmp directory  we added. For this type the following commands.

Now, we will go to the home directory of http to get the desired file . For that type

now  call the winterfell_messenger file by using given command.

Now go to root and there we have .flag.txt file.

Now running cat against .flag.txt we get a congratulations, a wolf made up of ascii characters and a base64 encoded string at the bottom. Commands are given below.

Finally decoding in hackbar reveals seventh and last flag which is nothing but the SOMALIA FLAG

Whoola. We reached at the end and with this job is done. Hope you enjoyed it and obviously penetration skills are refreshed.

Author: Priya Singh is a enthusiast researcher and technical writer at hacking articles. Contact here

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