Vulnhub - DC 8

Today, We are going to pwn DC 8 by DCAU7 from Vulnhub


DC-8 is another purposely built vulnerable lab with the intent of gaining experience in the world of penetration testing. This challenge is a bit of a hybrid between being an actual challenge, and being a “proof of concept” as to whether two-factor authentication installed and configured on Linux can prevent the Linux server from being exploited. The “proof of concept” portion of this challenge eventuated as a result of a question being asked about two-factor authentication and Linux on Twitter, and also due to a suggestion by @theart42. The ultimate goal of this challenge is to bypass two-factor authentication, get root and to read the one and only flag. You probably wouldn’t even know that two-factor authentication was installed and configured unless you attempt to login via SSH, but it’s definitely there and doing it’s job. 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.

Download Link :,367/

Lets Begin our Nmap Scan

Nmap Scan Results

22/tcp open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.4p1 Debian 10+deb9u1 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 35:a7:e6:c4:a8:3c:63:1d:e1:c0:ca:a3:66:bc:88:bf (RSA)
|   256 ab:ef:9f:69:ac:ea:54:c6:8c:61:55:49:0a:e7:aa:d9 (ECDSA)
|_  256 7a:b2:c6:87:ec:93:76:d4:ea:59:4b:1b:c6:e8:73:f2 (ED25519)
80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd
|_http-generator: Drupal 7 (
| http-robots.txt: 36 disallowed entries (15 shown)
| /includes/ /misc/ /modules/ /profiles/ /scripts/ 
| /themes/ /CHANGELOG.txt /cron.php /INSTALL.mysql.txt 
| /INSTALL.pgsql.txt /INSTALL.sqlite.txt /install.php /INSTALL.txt 
|_http-server-header: Apache
|_http-title: Welcome to DC-8 | DC-8
MAC Address: 08:00:27:4B:B7:5B (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
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel


It is a DrupalCMS

While checking the webpage , this look odd /?nid=

So I tried passing some other id’s and it shows some SQL error

SQL Injection

Lets run our SQLmap

It showed us that there are 2 available databases in the target machine which are:


Lets see whats in the database of d7db

-D DB               DBMS database to enumerate
--tables            Enumerate DBMS database tables

We found a table named ‘users’.

-T TBL DBMS database table(s) to enumerate

It looks like there are some name and pass so lets dump them!.

We found users and hashes

Users - admin,john

Lets try crack them using john

We found a password turtle

I logged in with john:turtle

Getting Shell

Now its time to get Reverse shell. I figure out that we need to edit the form-setting and change the text format to php code

Once I submit

Listening on my machine , I got the shell

Privilege Escalation

I uploaded my Linux Enumeration Script Found some SETUID Bit
Where exim4 is unusual

Searchsploit shows lot of exploits

so lets check its version

And Found an exploit for that version!

I uploaded it in the victim machine and tried running it but it shows some bad interpreter so i googled about it

Lets try this

sed -i -e ‘s/\r$//’

It worked

We Got Root!