Traceback HTB


On port 80 we see a pwned website. On the comment of the html source code we see something about webshell also the webpage itself tells us about a backdoor. After visiting the box creator github repo, I find a repo with web shells.I get these web shells names and then use them with wfuzz.

git clone

ls -la Web-Shells | awk '{print $9}' > potentialshells.txt

Then give the filenames to wfuzz. Shell with name smevk.php found. admin, admin credentials and then execute command for a reverse shell.

After running sudo -l I can as user sysadmin /home/webadmin/luvit. Running luvit like sudo -u sysadmin /home/webadmin/luvit gives me an interactive lua prompt. I can execute command with os.execute('bash /tmp/') and then ssh on user sysadmin. User gained.


I upload pspy64s on the machine and see that the root user every minute copies from /var/backups/.update-motd.d/* to /etc/update-motd.d/. Then executes /bin/sh /etc/update-motd.d/91-release-upgrade on that folder. Since I have rights to write the files inside /etc/update-motd.d/. I try to add on every file and see if I can get to add my ssh public key to root user since root is allowed to ssh into the box. I give this command. while true; do echo "echo 'mysshkey' >> /root/.ssh/authorized_keys" >> /etc/update-motd.d/10-help-text and then watch the file live as it get’s writen by backup but before getting execute I add my command and the it executes as root, adding my ssh key. I then ssh and get root.

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