TryHackMe — Kenobi Walkthrough

Walkthrough on exploiting a Linux machine. Enumerate Samba for shares, manipulate a vulnerable version of proftpd and escalate your privileges with path variable manipulation.

NMAP Scan:

sudo nmap -A -T4 [IP Address]

[Task 1] Deploy the vulnerable machine

  1. Scan the machine with nmap, how many ports are open?
    Answer: 7

[Task 2] Enumerating Samba for shares

  1. Using the nmap command above, how many shares have been found?
    Answer: 3

sudo nmap -p 445 — script=smb-enum-shares.nse,smb-enum-users.nse

Alternatively, we can use “smbclient” to list shares of the target machine.
smbclient -L \\\\\\

2. Once you’re connected, list the files on the share. What is the file can you see?
Answer: log.txt

smbclient // OR
smbclient -R //
-R = recursive

3. What port is FTP running on?
Answer: 21

4. What mount can we see?
Answer: /var

sudo nmap -p 111 — script=nfs-ls,nfs-statfs,nfs-showmount

[Task 3] Gain initial access with ProFtpd

  1. Lets get the version of ProFtpd. Use netcat to connect to the machine on the FTP port.
    What is the version?
    Answeer: 1.3.5

nc 21

Alternatively, this can be checked also in NMAP version scan.

sudo nmap -sV -p21

2. We can use searchsploit to find exploits for a particular software version.
Searchsploit is basically just a command line search tool for
How many exploits are there for the ProFTPd running?
Answer: 3

searchsploit proftpd 1.3.5

3. You should have found an exploit from ProFtpd’s mod_copy module.

The mod_copy module implements SITE CPFR and SITE CPTO commands, which can be used to copy files/directories from one place to another on the server. Any unauthenticated client can leverage these commands to copy files from any part of the filesystem to a chosen destination.

We know that the FTP service is running as the Kenobi user (from the file on the share) and an ssh key is generated for that user.

4. We’re now going to copy Kenobi’s private key using SITE CPFR and SITE CPTO commands.

We knew that the /var directory was a mount we could see (task 2, question 4). So we’ve now moved Kenobi’s private key to the /var/tmp directory.

5. Lets mount the /var/tmp directory to our machine

mkdir /mnt/kenobiNFS
mount machine_ip:/var /mnt/kenobiNFS
ls -la /mnt/kenobiNFS

We now have a network mount on our deployed machine! We can go to /var/tmp and get the private key then login to Kenobi’s account.

6. What is Kenobi’s user flag (/home/kenobi/user.txt)?

[Task 4] Privilege Escalation with Path Variable Manipulation

  1. SUID bits can be dangerous, some binaries such as passwd need to be run with elevated privileges (as its resetting your password on the system), however other custom files could that have the SUID bit can lead to all sorts of issues.
    To search the a system for these type of files run the following:
    find / -perm -u=s -type f 2>/dev/null
    What file looks particularly out of the ordinary?
    Answer: /usr/bin/menu

2. Run the binary, how many options appear?
Answer: 3


3. Strings is a command on Linux that looks for human readable strings on a binary.
This shows us the binary is running without a full path (e.g. not using /usr/bin/curl or /usr/bin/uname).
As this file runs as the root users privileges, we can manipulate our path gain a root shell.

4. What is the root flag (/root/root.txt)?


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