SkyTower CTF Walkthrough

The following article is a walkthrough for Skytower Vulnerable machine. This machine is a web application Capture the flag machine. This machine is filtered and an appropriate methodology is required here.


Obtain the flag.txt file from /root/

So let’s dive:


  1. Virtual Machine or VMware
  2. Kali OS

I located the skytower vulnhub’s IP address with the help of nmap.

-> nmap

The IP for skytower is

–> I then again used nmap to enumerate the services of the Skytower vulnerable machine. This is the result that I received:

So looking at the result, ssh is filtered means some firewall is there. There is a web server running on port 80 and a squid proxy on 3128.

–> I browsed to and checked out their site.

Nikto isn’t much help here.

–> I checked the source what there isn’t any. No Robots.txt file either. So, I went on manually checking for SQLInjection. It turns out, it is vulnerable to SQL Injection.

–> I have tried a lot of authentication bypass strings, but here is a twist, the OR and = seems to filter out by the application.

So I have tried the alternative  for  or which is  ||

‘ || 1=1 didn’t got me in either.

SQLmap wouldn’t help here either.

So I have searched for some more ways to evade this authentication filter and landed on to this wonderful page:

I have tried:  ‘^’ and It worked!

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The information says that we have to login to john’s account with the above credentials avail the account details. So let’s try that.

–> Remember when I said the ssh is filtered. Now you see it. It’s filtered and It won’t make connection from just any machine. So, We need to find a way to login.

–> Remember when we scanned the ports and found Squid Proxy on http, that’s our main cue here.

–> So, Let’s fire up proxychain!

I changed the proxychain.conf file:

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I added this line.

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Let’s run it now!

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The thing that happened here is that we got the fund withdrawn information only but not a shell because it is just for that purpose. To run the shell we need to write this:

Proxychains ssh john@ /bin/sh –i

We’ve got the shell now:

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The next thing is to check how much access do we got!

sudo -l

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So I checked in /var/www, if we can find something in any php file for connections details.

The login.php shows the following result:

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The credentials seems to be for the localhost mysql.

–> I typed in the command: mysql –u root –p

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Show databases command will show you the databases stored in mysql. You might not see the output right away because the shell here is not a good one but \q will quit the mysql and it will push the output on the screen. The drawback is you have to login everytime.

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The interesting database might be SkyTech! So we logged in again with mysql and this time we specified the database too. Show tables; is the next query I did and then I used select command to see what’s in the login table.Skytower walkthrough

Time to try ssh on Sara and William!

Logged in again with the Sara’s credentials to ssh.

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Let’s check how much privilege we have with this account: sudo –l

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We can access /bin/cat and /accounts/ directory too on the root level!

Here I have tried a lot of ways in order to access the flag.txt at /root/flags.txt

But finally here is the line that worked.

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