Hack The Box Write-Ups

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List of Privilege Escalation Methods on Hack The Box Machines

This post will contain a list of retired Hack The Box machines and the methods used by Ippsec to escalate privileges. The idea is to provide a list of privesc methods to review when you’re stuck and unable to find the intended way to escalate when you’re taking the OSCP exam and/or participating in a…

Hack the Box Write-Up: NINEVEH (Without Metasploit)

This box has been one of the most time consuming ones I’ve done so far. I’d highly recommend it for anybody studying/prepping for the OSCP exam, as it will help you sharpen a lot of skills that will come in useful for that certification. Table of Contents: Initial EnumerationUsing Hydra to Brute-Force Our First Login…

Hack the Box Write-Up: VALENTINE (Without Metasploit)

In honors of Valentines day, I figured it only made sense to give this box a try and was shocked at how easy it ended up being. Table of Contents: EnumerationExploiting Heartbleed VulnerabilityPrivilege Escalation Key Takeaways Enumeration As always, I started with an nmap scan to see what ports are open. nmap -T4 -sV -sC…

Hack the Box Write-Up: ARCTIC (Without Metasploit)

This was a “fun” box. It honestly wasn’t too hard because there are many, well documented, public exploits available. I spent way more time than I’d like to admit on the privesc section, but eventually found an easy way in. Table of Contents: Enumeration and Initial FootholdPrivilege EscalationKey Takeaways Enumeration and Initial Foothold As always,…

Hack the Box Write-Up: DEVEL (Without Metasploit)

This was a simple box, but I did run into a curve-ball when getting my initial foothold. I’m rating this as an easy box since the privilege escalation piece was simple when utilizing a kernel exploit, and the the initial way in isn’t super realistic.

Hack The Box: Upcoming Content

There’s a Reddit post in r/oscp titled: OSCP like boxes on Hack The Box (Credit @TJ_Null on Twitter) This post showcases the below graphic that outlines a list of machines on HTB that will best prepare you for the OSCP exam. To guide myself in my OSCP journey, and to hopefully help others along the…

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