Forensic Investigation: Extract Volatile Data (Manually)

In this article, we will run a couple of CLI commands that help a forensic investigator to gather volatile data from the system as much as possible. The commands which we use in this post are not the whole list of commands, but these are most commonly used once.

As per forensic investigator, create a folder on the desktop name “case” and inside create another subfolder named as “case01” and then use an empty document “volatile.txt” to save the output which you will extract.

Here I have saved all the output inside /SKS19/prac/notes.txt which help us creating an investigation report.

Table of Content

  • What is Volatile Data?
  • System Information
  • Currently available network connections
  • Routing Configuration
  • Date and Time
  • System Variables
  • Task List
  • Task List with Modules
  • Task List with Service
  • Workstation Information
  • MAC Address save in system ARP Cache
  • System User Details
  • DNS configuration
  • System network shares
  • Network configuration

What is Volatile Data?

There are two types of data collected in Computer Forensics Persistent data and Volatile data. Persistent data is that data that is stored on a local hard drive and it is preserved when the computer is OFF. Volatile data is any kind of data that is stored in memory, which will be lost when computer power or OFF.

Volatile data resides in the registry’s cache and random access memory (RAM). This investigation of the volatile data is called “live forensics”.

System Information

It is a system profiler included with Microsoft Windows that displays diagnostic and troubleshooting information related to the operating system, hardware, and software.

We can collect this volatile data with the help of commands. All we need is to type this command.

It will save all the data in this text file. We check whether this file is created or not by [ dir ] command to compare the size of the file each time after executing every command.

Now, go to this location to see the results of this command. Where it will show all the system information about our system software and hardware.

Currently Available Network Connections

Network connectivity describes the extensive process of connecting various parts of a network. With the help of routers, switches, and gateways.

We can check all the currently available network connections through the command line.

we can check whether it is created or not with the help of [dir] command as you can see, now the size of the get increased.

Now, open that text file to see all active connections in the system right now. It will also provide us with some extra details like state, PID, address, protocol.

Routing Configuration

It specifies the correct IP addresses and router settings. Host configuration: sets up a network connection on a host computer or laptop by logging the default network settings, such as IP address, proxy, network name, and ID/password.

To know the Router configuration in our network follows this command.

We can check the file with [dir] command.

Open the txt file to evaluate the results of this command. Like the Router table and its settings.

Date and Time

To know the date and time of the system we can follow this command. We can also check the file is created or not with the help of [dir] command.

Open that file to see the data gathered with the command.

System Variables

A System variable is a dynamic named value that can affect the way running processes will behave on the computer. They are part of the system in which processes are running. For Example, a running process can query the value of the TEMP environment variable to discover a suitable location to store temporary files.

We can check all system variable set in a system with a single command.

We can check whether the file is created or not with [dir] command.

Now, open the text file to see set system variables in the system.

Task List

A Task list is a menu that appears in Microsoft Windows, It will provide a list of running applications in the system. To get the task list of the system along with its process id and memory usage follow this command.

we can also check whether the text file is created or not with [dir] command.

Open the text file to evaluate the details.

Task List with Modules

With the help of task list modules, we can see the working of modules in terms of the particular task. We can see that results in our investigation with the help of the following command.

we can check whether our result file is created or not with the help of [dir] command.

Open the text file to evaluate the command results.

Task List with Services

It will showcase all the services taken by a particular task to operate its action. We get these results in our Forensic report by using this command.

we check whether the text file is created or not with the help [dir] command.

Open this text file to evaluate the results. It will showcase the services used by each task.

Workstation Information

A workstation is known as a special computer designed for technical or scientific applications intended primarily to be used by one person at a time. They are commonly connected to a LAN and run multi-user operating systems. Follow these commands to get our workstation details.

to check whether the file is created or not use [dir] command.

Now, open the text file to see the investigation results.

MAC Address saved in System ARP Cache

There are two types of ARP entries- static and dynamic. Most of the time, we will use the dynamic ARP entries. This means that the ARP entries kept on a device for some period of time, as long as it is being used.

The opposite of a dynamic, if ARP entry is the static entry we need to enter a manual link between the Ethernet MAC Address and IP Address. Because of management headaches and the lack of significant negatives. We use dynamic most of the time. To get that details in the investigation follow this command.

we can whether the text file is created or not with [dir]  command.

Now, open the text file to see the investigation report.

System User Details

A user is a person who is utilizing a computer or network service. Users of computer systems and software products generally lack the technical expertise required to fully understand how they work. To get that user details to follow this command.

we can use [dir] command to check the file is created or not.

Now, open a text file to see the investigation report.

DNS Configuration

DNS is the internet system for converting alphabetic names into the numeric IP address. When a web address is typed into the browser, DNS servers return the IP address of the webserver associated with that name. To know the system DNS configuration follow this command.

we can see the text report is created or not with [dir] command.

Now open the text file to see the text report.

System network shares

A shared network would mean a common Wi-Fi or LAN connection. The same is possible for another folder on the system. By turning on network sharing and allowing certain or restricted rights, these folders can be viewed by other users/computers on the same network services. We can see these details by following this command.

we can also check the file it is created or not with [dir] command.

Now, open that text file to see the investigation report.

Network Configuration

Network configuration is the process of setting a network’s controls, flow, and operation to support the network communication of an organization and/or network owner. This term incorporates the multiple configurations and steps up processes on network hardware, software, and other supporting devices and components. To get the network details follow these commands.

As usual, we can check the file is created or not with [dir] commands.

Now, open the text file to see the investigation report.

As we said earlier these are one of few commands which are commonly used. There are plenty of commands left in the Forensic Investigator’s arsenal.

Author: Shubham Sharma is a Pentester and Cybersecurity Researcher, Contact Linkedin and twitter.

Multiple Ways to Banner Grabbing

Grabbing a banner is the first and apparently the most important phase in both the offensive and defensive penetration testing environments. In this article, we’ll take a tour to “Banner Grabbing” and learn how the different command-line tools and web interfaces help us to grab the banner of a webserver and its running services.

Table of Content

  • Introduction
  • Why Banner Grabbing?
  • Types of Banner Grabbing
  • Banner grabbing using Kali Linux
    • whatweb
    • cURL
    • wget
    • telnet
    • netcat
    • Nikto
    • Nmap
    • Dmitry
  • Banner grabbing over Burpsuite
  • Banner grabbing using Netcraft
  • Banner grabbing through Browser Extensions.
    • Wappalyzer
    • HTTP Header Live
  • Banner grabbing using ID Serve


“Banner Grabbing” is often termed as “Service Fingerprinting”.

Banner refers to a text message received from the host, usually, it includes information about the open ports and services with their version numbers.

Why Banner Grabbing?

Banner Grabbing allows an attacker to discover network hosts and running services with their versions on the open ports and moreover operating systems so that he can exploit the remote host server.

Banner Disclosure is the most common vulnerability with a “CWE-200 i.e. Exposure of Sensitive Information to an Unauthorized Actor” and a “CVSS Score of 5.0 with the Risk factor as Medium.”

In order to clear the vision, we’ll consider an attack scenario:

As we all know that Microsoft Windows 7 are exploitable by Eternal Blue (CVE-2017-0143) directly with SMBv1 service. In order to enumerate this server, the attacker needs to grabs a service banner which displays whether the SMB service with a vulnerable version is running over it or not. If running, he/she can easily exploit the Microsoft server directly with the Eternal Blue attack. You can learn more about this attack from here.

Types of Banner Grabbing

  1. Active Banner grabbing –In this, the attacker craft or modify his/her own packets and send them to the remote host server and analyses the response data in order to get the operating system information and the services running with their versions.
  2. Passive Banner grabbing –Here the attacker collecting data about our target using publically available information i.e. by analyzing the server either with the help of “Error Messages” or by “Sniffing up the Network Traffic”.

Up till now, you might have gained a lot of information about what is Banner Grabbing and why it is used?

Let’s continue this journey by exploring the most aggressive and direct methods of grabbing a service banner.

Banner grabbing using Kali Linux


“WhatWeb” recognizes websites, which helps us to grab the web-applications banner by disclosing the server information with its version, the IP address, the webpage Title and running operating system.

Type the following command in order to capture the essentials.

whatweb <website URL>


The cURL command includes the functionality for retrieving the banner details from HTTP servers. Just execute the following command, and discover what we grab:

However to fetch a clean result, we are using the -s flag to prevent the progress of the error messages from being displayed, and the -I flag to simply print out the header information of all requested pages.


We will be using the wget command to capture the HTTP banner of the remote server.

The –q flag will cover-up the progress of our output, while the -S flag will print out the header information of all requested pages.


We will be using the Telnet protocol in order to interact with services to grab their banners.

Type following command to grab the FTP banner of the remote server.

As a result, it will dumb “220 (vsFTPd 3.0.3)”


Netcat is a network utility that will again help us to grab the FTP banner of the remote host server.

From the above image, you can check that it dumbs up “220 (vsFTPd 3.0.3)”


Nikto is an open-source web-application scanner, which we’ll be using to grab a banner of a website running on an Ubuntu server.

Type the following command in order to capture the installed web server – its version, the configuration index files, the HTTP server options and a list of other useful details.

The –h flag is used to specify the host.


We’ll use Nmap as a simple banner grabber which connects to an open TCP port and prints out anything sent by the listening service within a couple of seconds

Type following command which will grab banner for the SSH service running on port 22 in the remote host.

The -sV flag prints out the version of the running service.

From the above screenshot, you can read the SSH service and its version, fetched by NMAP as “OpenSSH 7.6p1 Ubuntu 4ubuntu0.3”


Dmitry (Deepmagic Information Gathering Tool) has the ability to gather as much information as possible about a host. Base functionality is able to gather possible subdomains, email addresses, uptime information, tcp port scan, whois lookups, and many more.

The –pb flag is used to grab the banner for all the open-ports of the remote host.

 Fire the following command to grab the banners of the running services.

Banner Grabbing over Burpsuite

While performing an attack or a penetration test, we all use burp suite somewhere or the other, but does it help us to identify the target’s web server?

Yes, we can simply grab the server’s information through the response generated by the repeater.

From the below screenshot you can see that I’ve sent the interpreted request into the repeater. As soon as I hit the send button, the response will be executed and on the right-hand side you will get the captured server details as Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu)

Banner Grabbing using Netcraft

Netcraft is one of the most operatable information gathering web-interface which help us to check the technologies and the infrastructure of the web-applications.

So I’ll be using a demo website over Netcraft in order to grab some service banners and capture all the possible information.

From the above image, you can see that I have grabbed the Hosting History of, which shows up the IP addresses, the operating systems and the webservers along with their last seen.

Banner Grabbing through Browser Extensions

Sometimes it’s a bit time consuming while grabbing banners of multiple web applications. Thus in order to make our work faster, we will be setting up some browser extensions that will help us to capture the server information with their version numbers, the running operating systems and the other frameworks that drive up the web applications.


Wappalyzer is a free browser extension available for both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It helps us to check the technologies of the web-application, majorly the server with its version and the framework running on it. You can add this extension in your browser from here.

From the above image you can see that, we have easily captured “Apache 2.2.0” as the server, “PHP 5.3.10” as the programming language and “Ubuntu and Fedora” as the running operating systems.

HTTP Header Live

This extension gives us the power to capture the ongoing HTTP Requests before they are sent to the server.

Therefore we are going to garb some server banners through this HTTP Header extension. You can add it in your browser from here.

From the below image you can see that, as soon as I capture the HTTP request, I was presented with the target’s information containing the server and the operating system banners i.e. Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu)

Banner Grabbing using ID Serve

ID Server is a free and a general-purpose Internet server identification utility which helps us to grab the banner of a remote host. You can download the tool from here.

Just enter the target’s website URL and hit the “Query This Server” button. And there it goes, it dumps everything it could, including the IP addresses, open ports, cookie and the server information.

Author: Chiragh Arora is a passionate Researcher and Technical Writer at Hacking Articles. He is a hacking enthusiast. Contact here

Tre:1 Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today, I am going to share a writeup for the boot2root challenge of the vulnhub machine “Tre:1”. It is made by SunCSR team difficulty level of this machine is the intermediate level. And for this machine goal is to read the root shell.

Download it from here:,483/

Table of Content


  • Netdiscover
  • Nmap
  • dirb


  • Adminer exploit
  • ssh login
  • Exploitable writable file

Privilege Escalation

  • Abusing /etc/passwd



Let’s start recon for this machine using Netdiscover, It is used for identifying the IP address of the various machines in our network work It works as traceroute.

As we got our target IP address for the machine (, Next, we use nmap for the port scanning and further information gathering on the target host.

Since port 80 is open, Let’s explore the domain or webpage on this target IP address using a web browser.

We will also perform fuzzing to find the endpoints using the dirbuster tool with the big.txt wordlist which can be located inside /usr/share/wordlists directory using some extensions like php,html.

We got some extensions like adminer.php, index.html, info.php. After checking all the extensions we got login page on the

In the above login page, we need to escalate for the credentials. I have tried many login bypasses that didn’t work for this page. Now again we will try to brute force directories in hope of config file for this login page.

After scanning and checking all the directories we got one directory /mantisbt/config in which will check for the credentials.

we got the credentials for the login page in the a.txt which was present in the directory /mantisbt/config.

Got the credentials that we want to use for the login of adminer login page.

Using the above credentials, we got logged in.


We fill out all the information that we found earlier in the a.txt file and using those credentials we are successfully inside the panel.  Then we try to read the data of the table mantis_user_table and found 2 users here and with their password.

We tried to login with the first user admin panel but was not able to upload any file. Now if we focus on the second user “tre” and the real name looks like giving us a hint towards ssh login, so we used the tre as username and [email protected]! as password.

First of all, we checked for the user privileges using the command sudo -l.

As per sudo permission the user can run showdown command as privilege user. Further we download the linEnum script to check for further enumeration.

Now let’s run linEnum script binary output on the other terminal.

We did check the permissions of the /usr/bin/check-system.

As the above file is having the permissions of the read-write as a user, edited this file using nano editor. And given SUID permissions for the nano file but /usr/bin/check-system will update the changes when the systems will reboot.

In the above step, we changed the privileges for the nano file. Now will use the /sbin/shutdown.

Here -r flag is used for the restart of the host system. Again will check for the permission of the nano file system and notice the SUID permission is enabled now. J

Hence, now I can try to modify the passwd file for privilege Escalation.

Privilege Escalation

In a new terminal, we are using OpenSSL to make a new salted combined username and password in MD5 algorithm. For this, the command used is

Now using nono /etc/passwd command we are editing the passwd directory for adding a new user. The for the new user is username: Salted Value of username and password:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash

Now we simply check if the user has been successfully added or not, so as to find them. For this, we have used su -raj command and in the password, we have given the password for this user which is pass123.

Here we got our root.txt… That explains it all. So that’s for now. See you next time.


Author: Sushma Ahuja is a Technical Writer, Researcher, and Penetration Tester. Can be Contacted on LinkedIn

Comprehensive Guide on Local File Inclusion (LFI)

In this deep down online world, dynamic web-applications are the ones that can easily be breached by an attacker due to their loosely written server-side codes and misconfigured system files. Today, we will learn about File Inclusion, which is considered as one of the most critical vulnerability that somewhere allows an attacker to manipulate the target’s web server by including malicious files remotely or even access sensitive files present onto that server.

Table of Content

  • Introduction
  • PHP Functions
    • Include() function
    • Require() function
    • Require-once() function
  • Local File Inclusion
  • LFI Exploitation
    • Basic LFI Attack
    • Null byte Attack
    • Base64 Attack
    • Fuzzing Attack
    • LFI Suite
    • LFI over File UPload
  • Mitigation


File Inclusion vulnerabilities are commonly found in poorly written PHP web-applications where the input parameters are not properly sanitized or validated. Therefore it becomes easy for an attacker to capture the passing HTTP Requests, manipulates the URL parameter that accepts a filename and include the malicious files in the web-server.

In order to understand the mechanism, let’s take a look at this scenario.

Consider a web-application that accepts a parameter that says “file=hackingarticles.php” via its URL, the server further processes it and displays its content on the application’s screen.

Now the attacker tries to manipulate the filename parameter and calls up a local file or even injects a malicious script or a payload calling it from his own website into that parameter, thus the web-server will process it and executes that particular file which might lead to the following attacks:

  • Code execution on the Web server
  • Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (XSS)
  • Denial of service (DOS)
  • Data Manipulation Attacks
  • Sensitive Information Disclosure

The impact of this vulnerability is quite high and has therefore been reported under-

  1. CWE-98: “Improper Control of Filename for Include/Require Statement in PHP Program”
  2. CWE-20: “Improper Input Validation”
  3. CWE-22: “Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory (‘Path Traversal’)”
  4. CWE-23: “Relative Path Traversal”
  5. CWE-200: “Exposure of Sensitive Information to an Unauthorized Actor”

The File Inclusion attacks are of two types:

  1. Local File Inclusion (LFI)
  2. Remote File Inclusion (RFI)

Before we get into the depth of these file inclusion attacks, let’s have a look at some of the PHP functions.

PHP Include() Function

We can insert the content of one PHP file into another PHP file before the server executes it, with the include() function. The function can be used to create functions, headers, footers or element that will be reused on multiple pages.

This will help the developers to make it easy to change the layout of a complete website with minimal effort i.e. if there is any change required then instead of changing thousands of files just change the included PHP file.

Example 1

Assume we have a standard footer file called “footer.php“, that looks like this

To include the footer file on our page, we’ll be using the include statement.

The code within the included file (footer.php) is interpreted just as if it had been inserted into the main page.

Example 2

Assume we have a file called “vars.php“, with some variables defined:


As soon as the fifth line executes in the test.php file, just “A” will be printed out because we haven’t called our var.php script yet. Whereas in the next line, we have used the include function to include the var.php file, as soon as the interpreter reads this line it directly calls our file from the server and executes it.

Therefore the variables “colour” and “car” are now assigned with “red” and “BMW”. As the last line runs, we’ll get the output as “A red BMW”.

PHP Require() Function

Similar to the include() function, the require statement is also used to include a file into the PHP code. However, there is a one big difference between include and require functions. When a file is included with the include statement and PHP cannot find it or load it properly, thus the include() function generates a warning but the script will continue to execute:

Example 3

Output: I have a Red BMW

Now if we try to run the same code using the require function, the echo statement will not be executed because the script execution dies as soon as the require statement return a fatal error:

No output result.

PHP Require_once() Function

We can use the Require_once() function to access the data of another page into our page but only once. It works in a similar way as the require() function do. The only difference between require and require_once is that, if it is found that the file has already been included in the page, then the calling script is going to ignore further inclusions.

Example 4



Output: “Hello”

Local File Inclusion (LFI)

Local file inclusion is the vulnerability in which an attacker tries to trick the web-application by including the files that are already present locally into the server. It arises when a php file contains some php functions such as “include”, “include_once”, “require”, “require_once”.

This vulnerability occurs, when a page receives, as input, the path to the file that has to be included and this input is not properly sanitized, allowing directory traversal characters (such as dot-dot-slash) to be injected. Thus, the local file inclusion has “High Severity with a CVSS Score of 8.1”

Let’s try to exploit this LFI vulnerability through all the different ways we can, I have used two different platforms bWAPP and DVWA which contains the file inclusion vulnerability.

Basic Local file inclusion

We’ll open the target IP in our browser and login inside BWAPP as a bee : bug, further we will set the “choose your bug” option to Remote & Local File Inclusion (RFI/LFI) and hit hack, even for this time we’ll keep our security level to “low”.

Now, we’ll be redirected to the web page which is basically suffering from RFI & LFI Vulnerability. There we will find a comment section to select a language from the given drop-down list, as soon as we click on go button, the selected language file gets included into the URL.

In order to perform the basic LFI attack, we’ll be manipulating the “URL language parameter” with “/etc/passwd” to access the password file present in the local system as:

So we’ve successfully get into the password file and we are able to read this sensitive information directly from the webpage. Similarly we can even read the contents of the other files using “/etc/shadow” or “/etc/group”

Null byte

In many scenarios, the basic local file inclusion attack might not work, due to the high-security configurations. From the below image you can observe that, I got failed to read the password file when executing the same path in the URL.

So what should we do when we got stuck in some similar situations?

The answer is to go for the Null Byte Attack. Many developers add up a ‘.php’ extension into their codes at the end of the required variable before it gets included.

Therefore the webserver is interpreting /etc/passwd as /etc/passwd.php, thus we are not able to access the file. In order to get rid of this .php we try to terminate the variable using the null byte character (%00) that will force the php server to ignore everything after that, as soon as it is interpreted.

Great, we are back!! We can read the contents of the password file again.

You can even grab the same using burpsuite, by simply capturing the browser’s request in the proxy tab, manipulating its URL with /etc/passwd%00 and forwarding it all to the repeater. Inside repeater, we can do a deep analysis of the sent requests and responses generated through it.

Now we just need to click on the go tab. And on the right side of the window, you can see that the password file is opened as a response.

Base64 encoded

Sometimes the security configuration is much high and we’re unable to view the contents of the included PHP file. Thus we can still exploit the LFI vulnerability by just using the following PHP function.

Therefore from the below screenshot you can determine that the contents of the password file is encoded in base64. Copy the whole encoded text and try to decode it with any base64 decoder.

I’ve used the burpsuite decoder in order to decode the above-copied text.

Go to the Decoder option in burpsuite and paste the copied base64 text into the field provided, now on the right-hand side click on decode as and choose Base64 from the options presented.

And here we go, you can see that we have successfully grabbed the password file again.


Many times it is not possible to check for all these scenarios manually, and even sometimes our included file might not be there in the root directory. Thus in order to deface the website through the LFI vulnerability, we need to traverse back and find the actual path to that included file. This traversing can contain a lot of permutation and combinations, therefore we’ll make a dictionary with all the possible conditions and will simply include it in our attack.

From the below screenshot, you can see that I’ve send the intercepted request to the intruder with a simple right-click in the proxy tab and further selecting the send to intruder option.

Now we need to load our dictionary file into the payload section and set the payload type to Simple list as highlighted in the below image.

So, we are almost done, we just need to set the payload position to our input value parameter and simply fire the “Start Attack” button to launch our fuzzing attack.

From the below image we can see that our attack has been started and there is a fluctuation in the length section. As soon as we find any increment in any of the supplied input condition, we’ll check its response to reading the contents of the included file.

LFI Suite

Sometimes it becomes a bit frustrating while performing the LFI attack using Burp suite, i.e. wait for the incremented length and check for every possible response it shows. In order to make this task somewhat simpler and faster, we’ll be using an amazing automated tool called LFI Suite. This helps us to scan the web site’s URL and if found vulnerable, it displays all the possible results, therefore we can use it to gain the website’s remote shell. You can download this from here.

Firstly we’ll clone the LFI suite and boot it up in our kali machine using the following code:

Choose the 2nd option as “Scanner” in order to check the possible input parameters.

Now it ask us to “enter the cookies”, I’ve installed the “HTTP Header live” plugin to capture the HTTP passing requests.

From the below image you can see that I’ve copied the captured cookies into the cookies field and disable the Tor proxy. We just need to enter the website’s URL and hit enter.

Now the attack has been started and we can see that there are 40 different parameters through we can exploit the LFI vulnerability into our web-application.

Now it’s time to connect to the victim and deface the website by capturing its remote shell.

Restart the application and this time choose option 1 as “Exploiter”. Enter the required fields with the same cookies that we’ve used in the scanner section and set the Tor proxy to “No”.

 As soon as you hit enter, you’ll find a list with multiple ways to attack the webserver.

Select the option 9 as “Auto Hack”.

A new section will pop-up asking for the web site’s URL, here enter the target website and hit enter.

Cool!! We’ve successfully captured the victim’s command shell.

LFI over File Upload

As we all are aware with the File Upload vulnerability, that it allows an attacker to upload a file with the malicious code in it, which can be executed on the server. You can learn more about this vulnerability from here.

But what, if the web-server is patched with the file upload vulnerability using high security?

Not a big issue. We just need an unpatched file inclusion vulnerability into that, therefore we can bypass its high security through the file inclusion vulnerability and even get the reverse connection of victim’s server.

Let’s check it out how.

Firstly I’ve downloaded an image raj.png and saved it on my desktop.

Now I’ll open the terminal and type following command to generate a malicious PHP code inside “raj.png” image.

Let’s verify whether our injected code is in the image or not.

At the bottom, you will find that the image is having the PHP code in it. This means that our malicious image is ready, and we are now able to upload it over the web application.

Now explore the target’s IP in browser and login into DVWA with security level high. Choose the vulnerability as a file upload in order to upload the malicious image into the web-applications server.

From the given screenshot, you can see “raj.png” image is successfully uploaded.

Copy the highlighted path where the image is uploaded.

Before executing the image, we’ll boot the Metasploit framework inside the Kali Linux and start-up multi/handler.

Now we’ll get back to DVWA and set security level low and will turn on the File Inclusion vulnerability. This time we will again manipulate the URL parameter “page=” by pasting the above-copied path of uploaded image.

As soon as the URL loads up into the browser, we will get the reverse connection of the server in our Kali machine.

Mitigations to File Inclusion Attacks

  1. In order to prevent our website from the file inclusion attacks, we need to use the strong input validations i.e. rather allow any file to be included in our web-application we should restrict our input parameter to accept a whitelist of acceptable files and reject all the other inputs that do not strictly conform to specifications.

We can examine this all with the following code snippet.

From the above image you can see that, there is an if condition, which is only allowing the whitelisted files and replaying all the other files with “ERROR: File not Found!”

  1. Exclude the directory separators “/” to prevent our web-application from the directory traversal attack which may further lead to the Local File Inclusion attacks.
  2. Develop or run the code in the most recent version of the PHP server which is available. And even configure the PHP applications so that it does not use register_globals.




Author: Chiragh Arora is a passionate Researcher and Technical Writer at Hacking Articles. He is a hacking enthusiast. Contact here