Hack the Box (HTB) machines walkthrough series — FriendZone

Today, we will be continuing with our exploration of Hack the Box (HTB) machines as seen in previous articles. This walkthrough is of an HTB machine named FriendZone.

HTB is an excellent platform that hosts machines belonging to multiple OSes. It also has some other challenges as well. Individuals have to solve the puzzle (simple enumeration plus pentest) in order to log into the platform and download the VPN pack to connect to the machines hosted on the HTB platform.

Note: Only write-ups of retired HTB machines are allowed. The machine in this article, named FriendZone, is retired.

The walkthrough

Let’s start with this machine.

1. Download the VPN pack for the individual user and use the guidelines to log into the HTB VPN.

2. The FriendZone machine IP is

3. We will adopt the same methodology of performing penetration testing as we’ve used before. Let’s start with enumeration in order to learn as much information about the machine as possible.

4. As usual, let’s start with the nmap scan to learn more about the services running on this machine. [CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE]
<<nmap -sC -sV -oA FriendZone>>

5. It looks like we have a lot of data to consume. We have ports 21, 22, 53, 80, 139, 443 and 445 opened. So let’s perform enumeration on them. The important thing to note is that there is a possible domain, “,” as well.

6. The first thing to do, since we have shares available, is to see how many of these we can discover remotely.
<<nmap –script=smb-enum-shares.nse -p445>>

7. It looks like we can read development and general share. Let’s read general share first.
<<smbclient // -U “”>>
<<get creds.txt>>

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