MATRIX 1 CTF From Vulnhub Full Walkthrough


In this post, You will learn how to CTF matrix 1 from vulnhub and below is the video format of the post, Do check that also ????????

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Hacking Phases in Matrix

  • Finding target IP
  • Network Mapping
  • Enumerating port 31337
  • Decode base64 encoded string
  • Downloading Bin file
  • Decoding brainfuck algorithm encoded string
  • Creating a dictionary
  • SSH login brute force method
  • Finding rbash
  • Escaping a restricted shell environment
  • Exporting environment variables
  • Getting root access.
  • Finding Flag


Let’s Hack Matrix 1

Follow the steps carefully and if there is any kind of error or the box is not working you are free to text me on discord, click below to join my discord community ????????


Finding target IP

To find the target IP we can just type sudo arp-scan -l or use net discover command

sudo arp-scan -l

In my case the target IP is

NMap scan

Let’s use nmap to find open ports and the service and the version.

nmap -p- -sV -T4

We can find that port 22, 80, 31337 are open.

Let’s open the target website using the 31337

Viewing target Website

To view the target website just enter the below command.

I did a view page source on the target website

Decoding base 64

When I did a view page source I have found a base 64 encoded string so, I used echo file name and then saved it in Cypher.matrix


echo <base 64 string> > Cypher.matrix

We open β€œCypher.matrix” on the web service running on port 31337 and find that it starts downloading a BIN file.

Enter the below command to download Cypher.matrix

Save the files and go to the downloaded directory.

Brainfuck algorithm decrypting

When I did a cat Cypher.matrix I have found that the string is encoded in brainfuck algorithm then I used a online Brain fuck Decrypter to decrypt the string.

We have found a password but to is not the exact password we should crunch to generator the exact password.

Wordlist generating using crunch

As the last 2 characters are missing we create a wordlist using crunch so that we can brute force SSH login.

crunch 8 8 -t k1ll0r%@ -o dict.txt

Using hydra to brute force ssh service

We used hydra to brute force the ssh service and luckily it worked and we did find the exact password.

hydra -l guest -P dict.txt ssh

Using SSH to connect to target

Now that we know the password we login through SSH using credentials β€œguest:k1ll0r7n”

ssh guest@

Now as we cannot run β€œls” command we try to find commands that can run. After trying a few commands we find that we can run β€œecho” command. We use the β€œecho” command to find the executables inside β€œ/home/guest/prog” and find β€œvi” is available.

Enter vi on the terminal and just enter the below commands to access all the commands.


Once you have enter the above command in vi just give enter to save.

Now we can run the linux commands.

export SHELL=/bin/bash:$SHELL 
export PATH=/usr/bin:$PATH
export PATH=/bin:$PATH
sudo su

Enter the previously found password that is k1ll0r7n

Finding Flag

We have got the root access now we can move to the root directory and cat the flag.

cd root
ls -la
cat flag.txt


According to me this matrix challenge is pretty much very easy and I hope you try this box If you have any doubts ask in the YT comment section or ask in discord.

The rating I will be giving for this box is 3 out of 10 and see a guys in next post ????????


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