Typo 1 Vulnhub Walkthrough


This was a very good machine for people who want realistic OSCP style machines.
Description is as given below:
Welcome to “Typo”
This VM is an intermediate level and you will enjoy while playing with its services and the privileges. There are things which you will learn with this box.
Goal: Get the root flag of the target.
Difficulty: Medium/Intermediate Level
Note: Set Domain Name — typo.local
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DHCP is enabled
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Lets get started, as usual we start off with a nmap scan

Enumerating the services , we found two interesting services one was typo3 cms in port 80

And phpmyadmin in 8081

We tried default creds root:root and we were able to login :)
Since we know that port 80 has a cms running , we tried enumerating the database related to it and we found two users and their hashed passwords one of them being admin user.

The passwords seemed to be argon2id encrypted . We tried to find out about it and found a website that will allow us to generate such hashes. We generated one with password admin . Below is a screenshot of that

We copied the hash in encoded form into the admin password area in phpmyadmin

And we moved over to the typo3 cms area and we were able to login as admin :)
Now in CMS a general rule is to find a file manager to upload files. We found the file manager but we couldn’t upload a php file. We tried various techniques to bypass it but were unsuccessful in it. So we went online to the documentation on typo3 cms .
In the documentation, it spoke about a file LocalConfiguration.php which can help in controlling the extensions which are allowed and not allowed to upload. Enumerating the settings of this cms, we found the area which modifies LocalConfiguration.php :

We changed the option for file extensions to null which would mean any type of file can be uploaded:

We then uploaded our shell in the file-list option

We navigated to where the file was uploaded and got our shell

Now was the time to escalate privileges . We ran linux-smart-enumeration script to check for misconfigurations. We got two binaries as suid i.e. apache2-restart and phpunit. We were interested in apache2-restart because it seemed like an unusual binary. We tried to cat it and got this

Among this gibberish , we can see that this binary executes a shell command of “service apache2 start” on pretext of root. Which means we can escalate to root taking advantage of a technique of path-privilege escalation. You can refer to the hacking articles for more info about this attack.
Now was root-time ! We executed the above attack on service binary and got root

And we got our root flag.

And that was it. Highly recommend this machine for OSCP aspirants.

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