Luanne Box Writeup & Walkthrough – [HTB] – HackTheBox


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This article will show how to hack Luanne box and get user.txt and root.txt.


First, I used NMAP to Scan the open ports and see if there any port is open. As we can see, the open ports are: 22, 80 and 9001.

Then, Navigate to the following URL. Observe that obtained an endpoint.

Use Gobuster to enumurate the endpoint, and finally, I identified a valid endpoint:

Hack Luanne Box

Get User.txt

The City parameter is vulnerable to command injection. I can samply execute OS command by naviagate to the following URL.') os.execute('OS_Command')--

For example:') os.execute('id')--

Due the the OS is not a standard Linux OS, and there are only limited command available. I then find out “python” location by using find command."*python3.7*"%27)--

Then, I created a python reverse shell, and host a HTTP server locally.

Download the reverse shell to /tmp folder by navigating to the following URL

Finally, I gained a reverse shell by navigate to the following URL.

Execute following command to obain open ports. Observe that the port 3001 is open.

netstat -an

There also is a .htpasswd file

After crack the .htpasswd file, I gained the following credentials:


Execute following command to visit the port 3001 website:

curl -v --user webapi_user:iamthebest

Observe that the server is running bozohttpd as shown in the screenshot below:

According to this Article, there are several vulnerabilities on this application (CVE-2010-2320,CVE-2010-2195). Attackers are able to visit an user’s home folder by providing a “~”.

Try to access r.michaels home folder by executing following command.

curl -v --user webapi_user:iamthebest

Observe that successful accessed as shown in the screenshot below:

Download the id_rsa file, and then login as r.michaels user.

I obtained the user.txt file.

Get Root.txt

After enumuration, obtained a backup file: /home/r.michaels/backups/devel_backup-2020-09-16.tar.gz.enc

Tried openssl, but not work. Then, I used following command to decrypt it:

netpgp --decrypt devel_backup-2020-09-16.tar.gz.enc --output=/tmp/1.tar.gz

Observe that decrypt successfully as shown in the screenshot below:

Then, identified another .htpasswd file in the tar file.

After cracking the hash, obtained antoher credential:


Check doas configuration, obtained that the current user is able to run command as root.

cat /usr/pkg/etc/doas.conf

Then, using above credential and execute following command to swap to root uesr.

doas -u root /bin/sh

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