THM - DailyBugle without MetaSploit


This box looks promising, featuring a real life CMS, Joomla, and one that is quite often in the wild too! It is even a CMS I used several years ago, for one of my blog!

Let’s see right now, if we can get in!


THM - DailyBugle


Quick recon according to logo and info :

  • Linux ;
  • Joomla CMS, SQLi ;
  • Privesc via yum.


Usual nmap scan :

sudo nmap -sC -sV -oA scans/$target_ip
Starting Nmap 7.91 ( ) at 2021-03-17 13:45 CET
Nmap scan report for $target_ip ($target_ip)
Host is up (0.034s latency).
Not shown: 997 closed ports
22/tcp   open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.4 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey:
|   2048 68:ed:7b:19:7f:ed:14:e6:18:98:6d:c5:88:30:aa:e9 (RSA)
|   256 5c:d6:82:da:b2:19:e3:37:99:fb:96:82:08:70:ee:9d (ECDSA)
|_  256 d2:a9:75:cf:2f:1e:f5:44:4f:0b:13:c2:0f:d7:37:cc (ED25519)
80/tcp   open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.6 ((CentOS) PHP/5.6.40)
|_http-generator: Joomla! - Open Source Content Management
| http-robots.txt: 15 disallowed entries
| /joomla/administrator/ /administrator/ /bin/ /cache/
| /cli/ /components/ /includes/ /installation/ /language/
|_/layouts/ /libraries/ /logs/ /modules/ /plugins/ /tmp/
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) PHP/5.6.40
|_http-title: Home
3306/tcp open  mysql   MariaDB (unauthorized)

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 16.13 seconds


Manually browsing to the website confirms a Joomla website. Let’s run joomscan in order to gather more info. We are especially interested about the version. Since we are looking for a known SQL injection.

After a few seconds, it happens our target is running Joomla 3.7.0 :

Joomla version

According to exploit-db, which confirms the SQLi, we can now run sqlmap like shown below:

sqlmap -u "http://$target_ip/index.php?option=com_fields&view=fields&layout=modal&list[fullordering]=updatexml" --risk=3 --level=5 --random-agent --dbs -p list[fullordering]

While having this info is cool, it looks tedious to get what I am looking for.

Doing a little more research for an easy win, I came across a Python script to exploit this vuln, and it directly returned juicy info :

User hash

Looking on internet, this hash appears to be bcrypt, so let’s try to crack it with hashcat:

hashcat -m 3200 jonah.hash /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt

After a little while, it worked :

User pass

Doing a little more internet research, I found that there is another vuln in Joomla that allows an admin user to get reverse shell

Getting Initial Shell

According to the link above, I edited a php file from an existing theme, replacing it with a PHP reverse shell (the one from Kali / Parrot, located in /usr/share/webshell), saved it, and called the URL : http://$target_ip/templates/beez3/index.php where beez3 is the theme’s name and index.php the file I edited.

It got me my foothold :

Initial Shell

We are www-data user, (un)fortunately and need to privesc!


In order to do so, I downloaded and ran on the target.

After a little while, it discovered interesting information such as jjameson user, a password in Joomla’s configuration.php, and other things… As always, I was looking for an easy win, and tried to connect via SSH with the credentials I found… and it worked!

I was now, in as jjameson with a real shell, stable connection and easy way to come back in!

First command I issued was sudo -l in order to see if I could do anything as root. It turns out, I was allowed to run yum, which was very promising.

A quick look at GTFObins confirmed another easy win was probably coming. I simply copied/pasted (but also analyzed it, to make sure I understood what it did; there is no learning if you blindly copy/paste) the bits of code, and got a root shell :

Root Shell


I found this box quite “straightforward” and very fun : chaining multiple vulns, in order to get a shell, then user misconfiguration in order to pwn a specific user and finally become root!

I am pretty sure, there are other ways to get root on this box (maybe with kernel, or sudo directly), but for once, I wanted to go the “intended” way.