CTF Challenges

Zeus:1 Vulnhub Walkthrough

Today we are going to take another CTF challenge Zeus:1 . The credit for making this VM machine goes to “Vesile Revnic” and it is a boot2root challenge where we have to root the server and capture the flags to complete the challenge. You can download this VM here

 Security Level: Intermediate

Penetrating Methodology:

  1. Scanning
  • NMAP
  1. Enumeration
  • Dirb
  1. Exploitation
  • Hydra
  • SSH
  • Jailkit
  1. Privilege Escalation
  • Exploiting Suid rights



Let’s start off with the scanning process. This target VM has a static IP address set as So we created a VM network same as this and put our kali machine in the same network.

Then, as usual, we used nmap for port and service enumeration.

And we have ports 21, 22 and 80 open on the target machine.

nmap -A


As we can see port 80 is open, we tried to open the IP address in our browser but we didn’t find anything useful on the webpage.

We took the help of dirb to directory bruteforce the webpage and got one directory named /telecom/

So we tried to access the URL in the browser but didn’t find anything.

We looked for the page source and got a name called gogu which we can try as a username.


We have hopefully got a username so we tried to bruteforce the ssh port and successfully got a password universal for the user gogu.

So we logged in the target machine using ssh with the above-found credentials and got our first user.txt flag.

What we found that user gogu was able to run only limited commands because the creator of the machine has implemented jailkit on this user.

Note: Jailkit is implemented to limit the bash shell of any particular user.

ssh gogu@
cat user.txt
ls -la

We looked for any hidden files and got one file named sysdate which had suid bit set on it.

Sysdate command gave us the current date and time. We tried to use path variable method to leverage the suid of sysdate but we were still not getting out of the restricted shell maybe because of the jailkit implementation.

ls -lRah
echo "/bin/sh/" > date
chmod 777 date
export PATH=/home/gogu:$PATH

We looked on the google to find any way around to bypass the jailkit and got one c-script. We save the file as bypass.c  in our kali. Then tried to compile it. It was asking for some libraries so we installed the dependencies and were able to compile it after that.

Reference: https://filippo.io/escaping-a-chroot-jail-slash-1/

apt install gcc-multilib -y
gcc bypass.c -o bypass -m32

Privilege Escalation:

After compiling the file what we did is we transferred the bypass script file into the target machine and the executed with root privileges using the path variable methodology.

After execution, we successfully came out of the restricted shell and also got the root shell and eventually the root flag.

ssh gogu@ "cat> bypass" < bypass
ssh gogu@
chmod 777 bypass
echo "/home/gogu/bypass">date
chmod 777 date
export PATH=/home/gogu:$PATH
id 1<&2
cd root
cat root.txt

Author: Auqib Wani is a Certified Ethical Hacker, Penetration Tester and a Tech Enthusiast with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Network & Cyber Security. Contact Here