April 18, 2020

Hack the Box - Mango

Posted on April 18, 2020  •  4 minutes  • 667 words

Welcome back! Today we are going to be doing the Hack the Box machine - Mango. Mango is a medium Linux box. Let’s jump in!

As usual we start with our nmap scan: nmap -sC -sV -T4 -p- -oA all_ports

Here are our results:

Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.054s latency).
Not shown: 65532 closed ports
22/tcp  open  ssh      OpenSSH 7.6p1 Ubuntu 4ubuntu0.3 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 a8:8f:d9:6f:a6:e4:ee:56:e3:ef:54:54:6d:56:0c:f5 (RSA)
|   256 6a:1c:ba:89:1e:b0:57:2f:fe:63:e1:61:72:89:b4:cf (ECDSA)
|_  256 90:70:fb:6f:38:ae:dc:3b:0b:31:68:64:b0:4e:7d:c9 (ED25519)
80/tcp  open  http     Apache httpd 2.4.29 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: 403 Forbidden
443/tcp open  ssl/http Apache httpd 2.4.29 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.29 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Mango | Search Base
| ssl-cert: Subject: Prv Ltd./stateOrProvinceName=None/countryName=IN
| Not valid before: 2019-09-27T14:21:19
|_Not valid after:  2020-09-26T14:21:19
|_ssl-date: TLS randomness does not represent time
| tls-alpn: 
|_  http/1.1
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

We see there is a hostname leaked in our enumeration. So we’ll add mango.htb and to our hosts list and visit port 80.

We are greeted with a Google clone. We take a look at the source code we see analytics.php. So knowing this we’ll point gobuster at the site and see what results might come back. While that runs we take a look at We are greeted with a login page. Looking at the source there doesn’t seem to be much. During our fuzzing of the login field we see that it does seem vulnerable to <code>noSQL</code> injection . Here is a quick list of <code>noSQL injections</code> .

When we use [$ne] to bypass the login page, we get an under construction landing page. We can assume this is the page we get when we have access, since we did bypass it. So now that we know a way forward, we need to extract some data. Based on the link above we have a way of doing that.

As we can see, we can guess each character of the username and password. Based on the box, I’d guess our username is either mango or admin. So we’ll set our username to admin and use Burpsuite's sniper function to brute these characters one at a time. A script might have been a bit faster but this works as well.

Error 200 means that the character was NOT accepted. While a 302 error means it was correct. We just keep appending our chracters as they are found to create a full password for the admin user.

As you can see in the above image, we’ve appended the previously found ’t’ to our url. Rerun the attack and our next character is 9. We’ll repeat this process until we have a full password: t9KcS3>!0B#2. We repeat the process for user mango as well. Turns out there is a user with password of h3mXK8RhU~f{]f5H.

We now have two pairs of credentials. The only other place we found that we can use them is SSH. Turns out the credentials for mango work.

Once we log in as mango we take a peek for user.txt but we don’t see it. We look at the /home directory and see we only have two users, as we saw before. We issues a su admin and enter the admin password and poof, we are admin!

Now we have our userflag. We need to start enumerating. We spin up our SimpleHTTPServer and get linenum and linpeas onto our target. A quick run of linpeas shows us our path forward!

A quick look over at GTFObins has our answer. We can use the read file portion to snag root.txt!

We can also give ourselves a root shell while we’re at it. We can do this by copying bash to /tmp. Setting the SUID bit with chmod +s then calling bash with -p as per GTFO. We just need to do this in a few separate commands.

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