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  • Level: Realistic::13 (Elbonian Republican Party)
  • URL: http://www.hackthissite.org/missions/realistic/13/
  • Difficulty :
  • Exercise: Elbonia's Elections are coming! Help delay these elections by taking down the main competitor's site! Be careful though, you get caught, you'll be wishing you had your soap on a rope...
  • Message: Hey, Josh Haze (a.k.a. Fr0zenB1t) here, I REALLY need some help. As you know, I'm in with the AOE (Anarchists of Elbonia). Our mission is to thwart the upcoming elections, and at least attempt to delay them for the time being. The way we've decided would work best is if one of the main competitor's site is taken down. Even if it is down for a small amount of time, things wont go smoothly for him, and things will be delayed....


Step 0: Information

Directory structure

First of all we try to get as much information as we can, starting with the navigation:

C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\ENRP\
 |__ index.php
 |__ news.php
      |__ action=news.php
      |__ method=GET
      |__ param=month [all, September, ...]
 |__ debates.php
 |__ members.php
 |__ newsletter.php
 |__ mailinglist.php
      |__ action=addmail.php
      |__ method=POST
      |__ field=email
 |__ speeches.php
      |__ action=speeches2.php
      |__ method=POST
      |__ field=speech [1]
 |__ press.php
      |__ action=readpress.php
      |__ method=POST
      |__ field=release [1, 2, 3]
 |__ economy.php
 |__ speeches/
      |__ passwords/

We know the root path from an error that we get by calling readpress.php page without parameter. In addition, this error tells us that there is also a second directory structure as follows:

C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs\ENRP\includes\
 |__ special.php
 |__ ´┐Żooter.php
 |__ arrange.php

Database model

From the same error and also by calling news.php file witout parameter, we learn these information from the database model:

Field Format
Field Format
? ?


news.php without parameter produces following error:

MySQL Error Reported: row "january" does not exist
Error in query: "SELECT post, date FROM newsTable WHERE month ="january" 

readpress.php without parameter produces following error:

MySQL Error: "" row does not exist in table "press_table";
Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\ENRP\readpress.php on line 33

Error in query:


$service_port = "80";
$address = "localhost";

$socket = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP);
$in = "GET /speeches/passwords/" . md5('Speeches') . "";
$in .= "REFERER: http://ENRP/get_speeches_passwords_referer\n";
$in .= "\n\n";
$out = ;
socket_write($socket, $in, strlen($in));
echo "OK.\n";

include(\"C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs\ENRP\includes\special.php\");

include(\"C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs\ENRP\includes´┐Żooter.php\");

include(\"C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs\ENRP\includes\arrange.php\");


Step 1: Find an access

Find account

The second error gives us a directory structure:

GET /speeches/passwords/" . md5('Speeches')

As we can see, there is a sub directory inside /speeches/passwords/, encrypted with MD5. Using e.g. Python, we get the MD5 hash of the string "Speeches":

$ python
>>> import hashlib
>>> hashlib.md5('Speeches').hexdigest()

Full URL becomes:


We can see that the directory contains a file named passwords.fip. By clicking on it, we get two passwords, separated by colon.


Crack MD5 hashes

Following site has a huge database of MD5 hashes:


It helps us finding this:


Step 3: Log-in

The fake authentication form

The site is likely to have an administration access. It is often named "admin", "adm", "conf", ... Let's try "admin":


By using our discovered credentials, we get an error:

"admin" does not match password for "moni1"

The right authentication form

Let's replace "admin" with its MD5 hash (21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3)


Login with:

  • Username: moni1
  • Password: admin

And this time it should work. Access granted, mission completed!