Forum Thread: Capturing the Flags

Capturing the Flags

Yo everyone! This is how ForLulz have hacked the CTF server:

An aggresive nmap scan without ping has shown 2 open ports: 10001 and 49999, and gave us some info on the target.

nmap -A -Pn

Another service scan has revealed that the service behind port 10001 is Apache Tomcat/Coyote JSP Engine 1.1.

nmap -sV -p10001,49999 -Pn

The default credentials to log into it are tomcat:tomcat, so we quickly got through the login page at and found ourselves on the management page.

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Next, we used msfvenom to create a .war file with a meterpreter payload...

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...and uploaded it to the server using the management interface. The next step was to navigate to activate our payload. Et voila! The server is ours! (almost)

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Once we got a shell, downloading the flags was easy - 'find / -name "*.gpg" 2>/dev/null' found all files encrypted with gpg, and we used meterpreter's download feature to download the flags.

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Now the only thing left is to decrypt the flags and win!

There was a challenge flag too, which could only be read by root. Sadly at that point it was getting late and I couldn't participate anymore. Secondly, decrypting all flags would take many, many hours on a beefy rig. Use 4 character passwords next time, Suser!

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alright alright no more cracking challenges :P

Thanks for this! I was stuck on creating the .war file. I kept trying to do it with msfconsole :(

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