The description states:  "Welcome to ColddBox Easy, it is a Wordpress machine with an easy level of difficulty, highly recommended for beginners in the field, good luck!

    I've been looking for a little mindless hacking because I'm sandwiched between a couple of red team courses that are making my brain hurt.  I've actually been refreshing the Vulnhub page for a few days now hoping they'd dump some new boxes.  I also have a new box in that list as well.  The last two were huge successes and the feedback I got was pretty amazing.  Anyway, enough about that, we kick off with Nmap:

    The very short description sates:  "Difficulty: Easy, Flag: 2 (user & root), Enumeration | Brute Forze"

    Let's start off with the obvious, we know there's going to be brute force involved.  Let me also say that if you're going to make a vulnerable machine, don't bury the password deep into rockyou because it doesn't add value to the experience, it only prolongs the process. 

    Enough said, let's kick off with Nmap:

    This was an interesting situation where I thought I was retrieving a token using XSS, like (document.cookie), but instead the token was located in LocalStorage.  Obviously, you need to know the key name but since I had the application, I had that information.  Pushing aside the XSS part, the meat is here:

    With each new tool that pops up on the Internet, there's a/v signature written within the very near future of its birth to detect and remove it.  For example, PowerSploit's PowerView which is described as:  "a PowerShell tool to gain network situational awareness on Windows domains."  Technically, there's nothing malicious about this tool as far as I can tell other than its purpose is primarily used for hacking.  When downloaded to a system with endpoint protection, the PowerView script is immediately removed.

    Not that I've looked under the PowerView hood but I can imagine it's making calls to existing commands and presenting the output to us.  I'm a huge proponent of living off the land because we're using the system against itself and as far as endpoint protection, we'll go unnoticed.  That's not to say that alerts aren't written for PowerShell execution but that's a separate issue. 

    I belong to a few business networking groups and I’m frequently asked – “Who is your ideal customer?”  Normally, I answer that question in generic terms but I was recently at a presentation given by a local HR benefits provider and my answer to that question changed the following week. 

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