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Stage 5

[Task 5] Stage 5

Stage 5 is now ready to be brute in. Deploy the machine and start capturing the flag. Please terminate the previous VM before deploying a new one. The theme for this stage is the Apache2 strike back and OSINT.

Prerequisite: Complete stage 4 and obtain the hostname.

Here are some of the tips:

  1. You are going to need a network scanning tool (Nmap). Just do a fast scan with ping skip (nmap -Pn -p- -v -T5).
  2. Brute your way in.
  3. Find someone on social media(s)
  4. Do forensic
  5. Stay calm and have fun

Refer to the hints if you are stuck or DM me in my discord channel if you are really stuck. Once again, good luck with the challenge.

Note: Stage 6 challenge will be released on 11/11/2019, UTC time. Stage 6 is now up!.

#1 - Flag 61

A nmap scan reveals that ports 80 and 9999 are opened. Connecting to port 9999 will need nowhere as we haven’t been provided with a port knocking sequence at the previous level. Let’s start with port 80.

Connecting with shows the genuine Ubuntu Apache2 welcome page, there is no robots.txt and dirsearch discovers some hidden resources, but all in 403 (forbidden).

Let’s try the virtual server host name found at stage 4 (

# echo "" >> /etc/hosts
$ curl -s
<p>Welcome to my second hidden server</p>
<p>Enjoy the stego? I Guess yes</p>
<p>Take this as my personal reward</p>
flag61: 73a0u8asqeeki7ashcv2

Flag61: 73a0u8asqeeki7ashcv2

#2 - Flag 62

There is a robots.txt file that reveals hidden locations and a flag, but we will keep that for later flags. For now, let’s perform a scan.

$ gobuster dir -w /data/src/wordlists/directory-list-2.3-medium.txt -u
Gobuster v3.0.1
by OJ Reeves (@TheColonial) & Christian Mehlmauer (@_FireFart_)
[+] Url:  
[+] Threads:        10
[+] Wordlist:       /data/src/wordlists/directory-list-2.3-medium.txt
[+] Status codes:   200,204,301,302,307,401,403
[+] User Agent:     gobuster/3.0.1
[+] Timeout:        10s
2020/05/25 11:52:32 Starting gobuster
/.htaccess (Status: 403)
/.htpasswd (Status: 403)
/.hta (Status: 403)
/execute (Status: 301)
/PI (Status: 301)
/TW (Status: 301)
/grasshopper (Status: 301)
/server-status (Status: 403)
/TB (Status: 301)
2020/05/25 12:13:06 Finished

There is an interesting /grasshoper/ directory that reveals SSH credentials:

$ curl -s
<p>Are you ready to root the machine?</p>
<p> SSH username:</p><br>
<img src="user.png"/><br><br>
<p> SSH password</p><br>
<img src="pass.png"/><br><br>
<p>Where is the SSH port?</p>
$ wget
$ wget

These symbols are Pig Pen that we can decode with

encoded decoded
Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-user.png Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-user pigpen.png
Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-pass.png Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-pass pigpen.png

The /execute/ directory reveals our flag:

$ curl -s
<p>Bruteforce...bruteforce.....bruteforce......never end</p>
<p>tired of bruteforce? How about we play something new</p>
flag 62: mylug980r9axzn6fvrl0
<a href=hello></a> 

Flag 62: mylug980r9axzn6fvrl0

#3 - Flag 63

There was an interesting empty link found previously (hello). Let’s find out what this is:

$ curl -s
$ wget
$ file hello 
hello: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib64/, BuildID[sha1]=d60d036bb75aaecb6abb396eb02d30558daaaa36, for GNU/Linux 3.2.0, not stripped
$ chmod +x hello 
[email protected]:/data/documents/challenges/TryHackMe/CTF_100/files$ ./hello 
I'm noob in C
Take this flag63: mubxspokswhcqr8aj6e5

Flag63: mubxspokswhcqr8aj6e5

#4 - Flag 64

Time now to analyze the robots.txt file:

$ curl -s | html2text 
Disallow:* /TB /PI /TW flag 64: ekvtyrcwshbl3hkwkzsh

Several locations are found, that we will analyze just after, but flag64 is revealed here.

Flag 64: ekvtyrcwshbl3hkwkzsh

#5 - Flag 65

Hint: A cipher name starts with B

We have found the /TW directory in the robots.txt file. Let’s check it:

$ curl -s
<p>This is a social networking site that relies on micro-blogging for communication<p>
<p>user: @65_6f</p>
<p>flag65: aqvdsfiaphmynifgjylz</p>
<!-- The flag is encrypted, the cipher name starts with B and the key is flag -->

The hint (This is a social networking site that relies on micro-blogging for communication) and the username (@65_6f) relates to Twitter. There should be a Twitter account for this user, but we keep this for the flag 67.

Cipher starting with B (

  • Bacon’s cipher
  • Beaufort cipher
  • Bifid cipher
  • Book cipher
  • Thomas Brierley grave cipher

Use to decrypt it with flag as key.

Flag 65: fvfdngsgqeoisdvawnph

#6 - Flag 66

Hint: A cipher name starts with A

$ curl -s
<p>Pins are visual bookmarks that you collect on boards</p>
<p>user: gsnwpwp_</p>
<p>flag 66: gfpi7hadqleilk4ycb58</p>

<!-- the username is encrypted, the cipher name starts with a -->

Ciphers beginning with A:

  • ADFGVX cipher
  • Affine cipher
  • Alberti cipher
  • The Alphabet Cipher
  • Alphabetum Kaldeorum
  • Arnold Cipher
  • Āryabhaṭa numeration
  • Atbash
  • Autokey cipher

It was Atbash cipher. Use CyberChef to decrypt the username: thmdkdk_.

Flag 66: gfpi7hadqleilk4ycb58

#7 - Flag 67

Googling for the decrypted username (thmdkdk_) leads to, likely an account created for this puzzle (0 followers). It discloses several directories with 1 picture for each:

Location Description Image
BR Bottom Right Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-bottom right.jpg
TR Top Right Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-top right.jpg
TL Top Left Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-top left.jpg
BL Bottom Left Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-bottom left.jpg
Places to Visit Just an ordinary number: 28817 Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-places to visit.jpg
troll Flag 67 Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-troll.jpg

These pictures will be used for later flags.

Just take note of the number disclosed by “Places to Visit”: 28817. This is one of the sequence number for the final question.

Flag67: vpyjrsj3isvtak5tez0p

#8 - Flag 68

Remember that we discovered a Twitter acount (@65_6f) at question 65. Time to check what we can find there:

There are several posts:

6d 65 6d 65 20 6c 6f 72 64 @65_6f · Oct 4, 2019
Solve this, I dare you
6d 65 6d 65 20 6c 6f 72 64 @65_6f · Oct 4, 2019
I got a number from the creator.


Well, what the hell is this?
6d 65 6d 65 20 6c 6f 72 64 @65_6f · Oct 4, 2019
Not bad, you found me. The ultimate meme lord.

flag 68: o0no5s3qmo7wymnagnwv
6d 65 6d 65 20 6c 6f 72 64 @65_6f · Oct 4, 2019
mode: CBC
size: 128
VI: youcomingthisfar
SK: thisisroadstossh
Type: hex16
  • The 1st post is an encrypted string that we will use for the next question
  • Take note of the number disclosed on the 2nd post (44414). This will be used for the final question.
  • The 3rd post is our flag
  • The last post refers to AES, we’ll keep this for the final question.

One of the post reveals flag 68: o0no5s3qmo7wymnagnwv

#9 - Flag 69

Hint: Get the four square image to solve the cipher text

Putting the other pictures together makes a four square. Decrypt the flag with



#10 - Flag 70

Hint: A cipher name starts with C

The robots.txt file was also revealing another location, which reveals flag 70:

$ curl -s
<p>This is a micro blogging site. In addition, you can have your own domain.</p>
<p>user: vnvnuxammt</p>
<p>flag 70:rqi51dlh6b67q0v7qhmc</p> 

<!-- The username is encrypted, the cipher name starts with C -->

Ciphers beginning with C:

  • Caesar cipher
  • Chaocipher
  • Copiale cipher

Using brute force, we find that the user vnvnuxammt decodes to memelorddk with an offset of +9. We will use this username for the next flag.

Flag 70: rqi51dlh6b67q0v7qhmc

#11 - Flag 71

Notice that the robots.txt file disclosed 3 directories, and each name is a reference to a social media website:

  • TW: Twitter (6d 65 6d 65 20 6c 6f 72 64 which decodes to meme lord)
  • PI: Pinterest (thmdkdk_)
  • TB: ???

TB refers to Tumblr. Linked with the username found previously (memelorddk), we can find the following page with the same avatar:

There are 2 posts, 1 of which being the flag.

Secure or unsecure?
Good job
OSINT is the way to go
flag 71: r9yu4uhd013misdl058q

Flag 71: r9yu4uhd013misdl058q

#12 - Port to stage 6 (Format: PORT PORT PORT …)

We already gathered 2 ports: 28817 and 44414.

For the last port, let’s use the information found on Twitter to decode the hex string. You can use

Encrypted: 22B16ABDFBF26BB880807FEF53CEF1017936EE5309A85B2AD1E9D99B2E6F8BCE96BFA11061AA4D26E79B7A9DA72AD58F
mode: CBC
size: 128
VI: youcomingthisfar
SK: thisisroadstossh
Type: hex16

Ctf-tryhackme-ctf100-stage5-aes decrypted port.png

The last port is 39914

The full sequence is: 28817 44414 39914.

NOTES * Note 1: the order will be 39914 28817 44414 for for the next stage, as suggested by the hint Note 2: no idea at this stage what the SSH credentials are for (the ones found with the gobuster scan) * Note 3: don’t forget to remove the entry from your /etc/hosts file