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SkyTower CTF Walkthrough

VM Author Description

This CTF was designed by Telspace Systems for the CTF at the ITWeb Security Summit and BSidesCPT (Cape Town). The aim is to test intermediate to advanced security enthusiasts in their ability to attack a system using a multi-faceted approach and obtain the “flag”.
You will require skills across different facets of system and application vulnerabilities, as well as an understanding of various services and how to attack them. Most of all, your logical thinking and methodical approach to penetration testing will come into play to allow you to successfully attack this system. Try different variations and approaches. You will most likely find that automated tools will not assist you.

Author: Telspace Systems

Download: VulnHub

Let's Start


22/tcp   filtered ssh
80/tcp   open     http       Apache httpd 2.2.22 ((Debian))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.2.22 (Debian)
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html).
3128/tcp open     http-proxy Squid http proxy 3.1.20
|_http-server-header: squid/3.1.20
|_http-title: ERROR: The requested URL could not be retrieved
MAC Address: 08:00:27:54:4A:37 (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Device type: general purpose
Running: Linux 3.X
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:3
OS details: Linux 3.2 - 3.13
Network Distance: 1 hop

After an aggressive scanning with nmap we found the following services.
ssh , http, http-proxy.

The ssh port was filtered so we had access only to http , and the proxy.
Let's start with http.

After using nikto and dirb against the target we didn't find anything interesting.

Let's visit the site:

The email parameter was vulnerable to SQL injection.

As we see from the response the sql filters the 'OR'
This can by bypassed very easily with '||'

With the following payload email=' || email LIKE '%';#
We are able to bypass the authentication and we are presented with the following screen.

When the user logs in, it's presented with the clear username and password and says to login to ssh but the port is filtered.
But lets try to enumerate all the users in the web app.
Let's start a  burp intruder instance to brute-force and enumerate all the valid e-mail,usernames and passwords from the web application.

So we have an email that starts with j another with s and one with w.
Now logging in as each email we gained the following data.

Payload used : email=' || email LIKE 'j%';#
Username: john
Password: hereisjohn

Payload used : email=' || email LIKE 'w%';#
Username: william
Password: senseable

Payload used : email=' || email LIKE 's%';#
Username: sara
Password: ihatethisjob

So after we got the SSH usernames and password we will try to login and elevate our privileges.

The problem is that the SSH port is filtered.

But with the port scan we found a proxy and using proxychains we will forward the connection through the proxy and access the ssh.

We added the following line to the /etc/proxychains.conf

Now let's try to connect

We can't login with user william.
Logging in with sara and john auto closes the connection.
so we try to execute a command at the moment the ssh connects.

Now we have a shell.

After doing enumeration on the behalf of the user john
we didn't find anything interesting so time to switch accounts.

We could not login with william, so only sara is left.
After logging in as sara it looks like sara can run commands with sudo.

As we can see sara can run the following commands with sudo
cat and ls and the directory must be /accounts/*

Now lets ssh with the root account

Have Fun


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