Delivery - Box Info

Delivery is an easy-rated box created by Ippsec. It takes us through exploiting ticket trick to gaining internal chat server access and using the disclosed credentials in the chat to login and find MySQL credentials inside the machine. We then find root hash inside MySQL database and crack using Hashcat rules.


Port Scanning

Nmap scan report for delivery.htb (
Host is up (0.58s latency).

22/tcp   open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.9p1 Debian 10+deb10u2 (protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 9c:40:fa:85:9b:01:ac:ac:0e:bc:0c:19:51:8a:ee:27 (RSA)
|   256 5a:0c:c0:3b:9b:76:55:2e:6e:c4:f4:b9:5d:76:17:09 (ECDSA)
|_  256 b7:9d:f7:48:9d:a2:f2:76:30:fd:42:d3:35:3a:80:8c (ED25519)
80/tcp   open  http    nginx 1.14.2
|_http-server-header: nginx/1.14.2
|_http-title: Welcome
8065/tcp open  unknown
| fingerprint-strings: 
|   GenericLines, Help, RTSPRequest, SSLSessionReq, TerminalServerCookie: 
|     HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
|     Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
|     Connection: close
|     Request
|   GetRequest: 
|     HTTP/1.0 200 OK
|     Accept-Ranges: bytes
|     Cache-Control: no-cache, max-age=31556926, public
|     Content-Length: 3108
|     Content-Security-Policy: frame-ancestors 'self'; script-src 'self'
|     Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
|     Last-Modified: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 11:15:37 GMT
|     X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
|     X-Request-Id: iq8495rxpfbwxjybo8uqq3u5yh
|     X-Version-Id:
|     Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 13:00:41 GMT
|     <!doctype html><html lang="en"><head><meta charset="utf-8"><meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=0"><meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"><meta name="referrer" content="no-referrer"><title>Mattermost</title><meta name="mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes"><meta name="application-name" content="Mattermost"><meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no"><link re
|   HTTPOptions: 
|     HTTP/1.0 405 Method Not Allowed
|     Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 13:00:42 GMT
|_    Content-Length: 0
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at .
# Nmap done at Sun Jan 31 18:32:25 2021 -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 114.26 seconds

We can see there are 3 ports open:

Port 22 - SSH (OpenSSH 7.9p1)
Port 80 - HTTP (nginx 1.14.2)
Port 8065 - Unknown Port

HTTP (Port 80)

Accessing the website in a web browser gives us a static page with a couple of links.

Port 80

It says The best place to get all your email related support for an account check out our helpdesk and clicking on “Helpdesk” redirects us to

To access it, we’ll need to add the virtual host name in /etc/hosts file. (if you’re on a Windows machine then add it to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts)

Helpdesk Website

It’s a support ticket system and it uses OSTicket which is a customer support system (

We can create support tickets and check the status of a query.

Let’s create a support ticket…

Creating a Support Ticket

Just fill in anything and click on Create Ticket.

Ticket Successfully Created

This is where things get interesting, it says that we can check the status of our ticket using the ticket ID - 9337131.

If we want to add more messages to our support ticket, we can send an email to [email protected] which in our case would be [email protected]

I’ll get back to this but first let’s check out port 8065.

Port 8065 - Unknown Port

In our port scan, we got that port 8065 is open but service couldn’t be enumerated resulting in “Unknown Port” being displayed.

Let’s access port 8065 in a web browser:

Port 8065 - Mattermost

Port 8065 is running Mattermost!

Mattermost is an open-source collaboration software built for developers. It’s similar to Slack, a place where people can chat and discuss.

How do we get in?

We can create a Mattermost account but it won’t be able to send a verification email to domains that it cannot reach out. We need to create an account with email address ending with @delivery.htb.

Exploiting Ticket Trick

Remember that we created a support ticket? It gave us an email address that can be used to add more information to the ticket.

That email address ended with delivery.htb name!

We can create a Mattermost account with the email address given by OSTicket after creating a support ticket and then check for ticket status for the verification email!

Creating Account

Fill in the details and click on Create Account.

Response after creating account

Mattermost needs us to verify the email address. We have the option to check the ticket status, we can check the messages there and extract the verification email.

Just click on Check Ticket Status on and fill in the email address you used to create the ticket and the ticket ID.

Ticket Status

We can see that Mattermost sent a verification email to the support ticket address. We can copy the URL and open in another tab to verify the account.


Now we can login using the password we set and get access to the internal chat room (Mattermost)

MM Welcome

We get the tutorial on how to use Mattermost, we can skip it.

Internal Chat

We’ve got access to the internal chats and we can see there are disclosed credentials.

Username: maildeliverer
Password: Youve_G0t_Mail!

SSH as maildeliverer

SSH as maildeliverer - We’re in!

Privilege Escalation

I checked for active network connections via netstat and this is what I got:

Output of Netstat

We can see that 3306 port is listening. 3306 is the standard port for MySQL

How do we access MySQL database? We need to find the MySQL login credentials for that.

After enumerating for a while, I found the credentials inside the configuration file of Mattermost. It is located inside /opt/mattermost/config/config.json

Mattermost Configuration

Username: mmuser
Password: Crack_The_MM_Admin_PW

Main Takeaway: Look out for configuration files of known softwares that are running inside a machine. In many tools and applications, the important information like credentials, tokens are stored inside readable configuration files.

Let’s try to login using these credentials!

MySQL Login

I checked databases and changed the current DB to “mattermost”.

SQL Databases

Running show tables; we get the following output:

Tables in mattermost DB

We see a table named “Users”. There are many entries with hashes present in them. We can see an entry with the name “root” and we have a hash with it.

Entry in SQL Users table

Cracking The Hash Using Hashcat Rules

We have a hash now that is $2a$10$VM6EeymRxJ29r8Wjkr8Dtev0O.1STWb4.4ScG.anuu7v0EFJwgjjO. Going back to the screenshot of internal chats in Mattermost, the user “root” indicates that a hacker can use hashcat rules to crack the hashes. Let’s do the same!

But before, I’d suggest you to read to get an understanding of how hashcat rules work.

In the chats, the user “root” said that PleaseSubscribe! isn’t in rockyou.txt and hacker can crack the hash using rules. Let’s create a wordlist with the string PleaseSubscribe!.

Generating a wordlist

I used best64.rule file for generating the wordlist.

We got a wordlist, we can now proceed with bruteforcing the root password with the generated wordlist.

Cracking hash with John

We successfully cracked the hash!

The password is PleaseSubscribe!21. We can use it to login as root in the box.

Root Shell

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