Hack The Box - Europa

We are going to pwn Europa from Hack The Box.

Link : https://www.hackthebox.eu/home/machines/profile/27

Lets Begin with our Initial Nmap Scan.

Nmap Scan Results:

22/tcp  open  ssh
80/tcp  open  http
443/tcp open  https

22/tcp  open  ssh      OpenSSH 7.2p2 Ubuntu 4ubuntu2.2 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 6b:55:42:0a:f7:06:8c:67:c0:e2:5c:05:db:09:fb:78 (RSA)
|   256 b1:ea:5e:c4:1c:0a:96:9e:93:db:1d:ad:22:50:74:75 (ECDSA)
|_  256 33:1f:16:8d:c0:24:78:5f:5b:f5:6d:7f:f7:b4:f2:e5 (ED25519)
80/tcp  open  http     Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page: It works
443/tcp open  ssl/http Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Apache2 Ubuntu Default Page: It works
| ssl-cert: Subject: commonName=europacorp.htb/organizationName=EuropaCorp Ltd./stateOrProvinceName=Attica/countryName=GR
| Subject Alternative Name: DNS:www.europacorp.htb, DNS:admin-portal.europacorp.htb
| Not valid before: 2017-04-19T09:06:22
|_Not valid after:  2027-04-17T09:06:22
|_ssl-date: TLS randomness does not represent time
| tls-alpn: 
|_  http/1.1
Warning: OSScan results may be unreliable because we could not find at least 1 open and 1 closed port
Aggressive OS guesses: Linux 3.10 - 4.11 (92%), Linux 3.12 (92%), Linux 3.13 (92%), Linux 3.13 or 4.2 (92%), Linux 3.16 (92%), Linux 3.16 - 4.6 (92%), Linux 3.2 - 4.9 (92%), Linux 3.8 - 3.11 (92%), Linux 4.2 (92%), Linux 4.4 (92%)
No exact OS matches for host (test conditions non-ideal).
Network Distance: 2 hops
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel


Only default page of apache2 in both 80 and 443

But our nmap shows there is a domain


So I added them in /etc/hosts

Its a login page.

While checking its certificate found an issuer with id admin@europacorp.htb

Back to the login page, I tried some normal sql injection commands


Found a redirection, If we Follow redirection we will be logged in.

While enumerating the webpages I found something going on Tools

I send it to burp

While seeing that I came to know whatever we type in ipaddress= it changes the same in the response of remote-address. This looks like regular expression because /ip_address/ replace with whatever we give.

A regular expression, regex or regexp is a sequence of characters that define a search pattern. Usually such patterns are used by string searching algorithms for “find” or “find and replace” operations on strings, or for input validation.

While searching for any exploit available to inject, Found this


This explains how it works so all we need to do is to add /e

It works. So now we can try to get the reverse shell now. I tried some reverse shell commands non worked so I hosted a python server with php reverse sehll on my machine and I tried with curl.

Started my listerer and got the shell.

Privilege Escalation:

I uploaded my Linux Enumeration script but there is nothing useful, So I uploaded pspy

pspy is a command line tool designed to snoop on processes without need for root permissions. It allows you to see commands run by other users, cron jobs, etc. as they execute. Great for enumeration of Linux systems in CTFs. Also great to demonstrate your colleagues why passing secrets as arguments on the command line is a bad idea.

There is something runs in /var/www/cronjobs/ While checking clearlogs

It executes a script located in /var/www/cmd/logcleared.sh
But the script is missing in the directory but we have writable permission on it, so I created the logcleared.sh with reverse shell to give us root.

Started the listener in my machine

I’m Root Now!!