OffSec PG - Y0usef


Machine IP →

Network Scan

Nmap scan → nmap -A -Pn -p- -T4 -o nmap.txt

OS Detection → OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

PortServiceOther details (if any)
22SSHOpenSSH 6.6.1p1 Ubuntu 2ubuntu2.13 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
80HTTPApache httpd 2.4.10 ((Ubuntu))

Web Scan

GoBuster scan → gobuster dir -u -f -w /home/tanq/installations/SecLists/Discovery/Web-Content/directory-list-lowercase-2.3-medium.txt -x html,php,txt

Directories/files listed →

  • index.php
  • icons/ (403)
  • administration/ (403)


Without much information from the web scan, the possibility to look at headers was apparent. Adding the X-Forwarded-For: header allows loading of the internal /administration/ directory. The header needs to be added to all subsequent requests via burp intercept.

This directory has a login page which does not have SQLi type injections, however, default credentials of admin:admin work. The dashboard of the application gives the ability to upload a file, list users or log out. The .../users page does not list any useful information.

Note: There was a spelling error in the links, which needed to be modified to get correct response.

The interesting part was the upload functionality. It could be used to upload a reverse shell. However, the application does not directly allow php files. Bypassing this was checked by renaming the file and adding image headers to the content, but it didn’t work.

The thing that worked was modifying the Content-Type header to image/gif. This allowed the upload of the reverse shell along with the path of the uploaded file. Navigating to the file grants a shell as the www-data user over netcat. This also gives the user flag.

Privilege Escalation


Enumerating the /etc/passwd file, the users of importance are root, yousef and speech-dispatcher. The /home/ directory contains a file user.txt file which has a base64 encoded string c3NoIDogCnVzZXIgOiB5b3VzZWYgCnBhc3MgOiB5b3VzZWYxMjM=.

Decoding this gives the credentials yousef:yousef123. Using this with ssh gives the shell as user yousef.


Checking the sudo -l capabilities of yousef, it shows that yousef may run any command as root using sudo. Therefore, sudo su grants the root shell and thus, the root flag.

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