HTB – Blocky – without Metasploit

here’s a new episode related to the hackthebox machine Blocky.
As always I’m figuring to avoid the use of metasploit in order to better understand the hacking process.

some open ports. I make a full scan with max retries = 1 in order to make a quick scan of the whole machine.
On port 80 there’s a website made by wordpress.
so I always start Nikto for the port 80 and in this case I add a scan with WPscan.

let’s keep them but we’ll try to exploit other vector before.

the ftp version is vulnerable but the exploit doesn’t work.

so we decided to move to a web application brute forcing with dirbuster

the plugins directory contains two files. Download them!

jar files can be extracted (

this is the content of Blockycore.class
there’s a root and something that seems to be a password… try it on ssh

the password doesn’t work with root user. But on wpscan we discovered the user notch. and it works!

we have the password so we try to check if the user is in the sudoers group

so with a simple “sudo su”

HTB – Nibbles – without Metasploit

let’s start nmapping the machine. There are 2 ports opened: 22 and 80.
On the port 80 there’s a simple “hello word” page but checking the page source there’s something interesting:

port 80 – view-source

Adding the nibbleblog directory to our url let us reach a nibbles blog homepage.

Nibble homepage

The hyperlinks don’t open other pages so what we can do is try to enumerate more web pages with gobuster.

As soon as we started the enumeration we discovered many interesting links.
The admin page have a login so we look for some sql injection using sqlmap.
While configuring burpsuite to grab the sql request we tried to use some basic password against the login (admin / password, admin / pass, nibbles / nibbles) and we discovered that the login was admin / nibbles.
We launched sqlmap the same in order to analize the sql injection.

The nibbleblog dashboard. Is possible to see some login failed attempt

This is the request we’ll use with sqlmap

save this to be used with Sqlmap. Click the right mouse button and select “copy to file”
# sqlmap -r sql.req --batch --risk 3 --level 5

the problem is that we have some kind of protection (WAF) that blocks our requests.

something blocks our requests

After few minutes we are again able to access the website but we can’t use automatic tools that can block us.
Entering the blog we discovered the software version

googling this version we discovered a vulnerability with the “my image” plugin. From

The first upload, from the “my image” plugin was a simple image. After the upload the image appears on the home page and by inspecting it we discovered where the uploaded images are located. so I try to upload a php shell.
We found a directory listing where there’s a image.php file… on it..
here’s the shell!!!

type some command to obtain a better shell (thank you Ippsec….subscribe his channel for very cool HTB and others high quality writeups!!)

in the home directory is possible to found the user hash

unzip the archive and you’ll find the code that works as a protection from bruteforce auth. Nothing particularly interesting for now.
Get LinEnum from attacking machine and launch it.


modify the with this command

echo "su" >

and launch the following command:

sudo /home/nibbler/personal/stuff/

even if the program returns an error, we are root!


HTB – Devel – no metasploit

this is the first nmap.

after this I open Sparta for automatic recconaissance. In this case the machine have an open 80 port. so Nikto will be lauched by Sparta.

on the port 80 there’s the default IIS 7 page

the server version is IIS-7.5
Nmap discovered the port 21 open.

Sparta discovered an ftp server with anonymous access:

so I tried to log on with ftp client and test a directory listing

let’s try to upload something with the ftp server
Create a new payload with msfvenom

upload is allowed

create an handler on msfconsole (allowed on OSCP!)

and we have a successful exploit

meterpreter is running as

find an exploit suitable with this environment

I’ve found an exploit suitable for this machine

I downloaded and compiled it from my kali. this is the command:

i686-w64-mingw32-gcc exploit.c –o exploit.exe] –lws2_32

after this upload the exploit.exe file to the machine. Use the FTP server in binary mode for the transfer.
after this, simply run the command from the meterpreter shell and…

HTB – Legacy writeup (without Metasploit)

LEVEL: Beginner

In this writeup we’ll start with Sparta, a tool for automatic enumeration.
I usually run Sparta after the first nmap scan, in order to get more information in a very fast manner. Sparta launchs nmap and other tools like Nikto after discovering a port compatible with that particular tool (port 80 or 443 in Nikto case).

as we can see not so much options except smb protocol.
The other important thing is that we discovered the target os (Windows XP).

No shares seems to be available on the machine. No anonymous login allowed.

It’s time to get more into enumeration. Nmap has many vuln NSE script that can make easier our enumeration phase.
locate the scripts with:

let’s lanch vuln script against our target on port 445.

there are two BIG vulns, the first one related to ms08-67 an old vuln discovered in 2008. Is possible to solve this with metasploit (I don’t want to do this). For those who are studying for the OSCP it nice to avoid the use of metasploit and is not always easy to discover how to solve machines without this tool.
The other discovered vulnerability is on SMBv1 server (ms17-010) that is the vuln that allowed the spred of the wannacry ransomware in 2017.
let’s try to exploit this

This page collects a lot of different exploits related to the EternalBlue vulns.

This particular exploit was tested on XP

the python script asks for IP and the executable file. So, if we generate the malicious file we cand send it to the victim and we have RCE.

create the payload with msfvenom

were X.X.X.X is the attacking machine address in order to receive the reverse shell. Open a listener on port 443 and launch the command:

with systeminfo we can discover information of our target

we are able to reach the administrator\Desktop folder so we are root on the machine.