[BugBounty] Decoding a $😱,000.00 htpasswd bounty


A Private Bug Bounty Program had a globally readable .htpasswd file. I cracked the DES hash, got access to development and staging environments and was rewarded a shitload of$.

[Tools used]

dirbuster https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_DirBuster_Project

John http://www.openwall.com/john/

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Today I want to share something with you that I recently discovered in a private Bug Bounty Program. Due to private program restrictions, I am not allowed to disclose the identifying details of the bug, so I’m just going to share my techniques and how I discovered it.

So, as a first step, I looked for potential vulnerable subdomains using a Google Dork query: site:*.REDACTED.com -www and then looked for interesting stuff. One particular domain caught my attention and so I had a look at it, admin.REDACTED.com. Upon review, the site looked pretty unspectacular and so I decided to use the tool „dirbuster“ to look for the juicy stuff. I was about to give up when I saw the tool discovered a .htpasswd file with an HTTP status 200. With a bit of excitement, I visited the URL and was pretty surprised to the file rendered.

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So what exactly is this? As some of you may know, several webservers offer a mechanism called Basic Authentication. While I now knew the username was us3r, the password was still encrypted… Now, in similar cases, I’ve seen passwords simply being Base64 encoded but here, the encryption didn’t look like anything I was familiar with. After some Googling, I realized it was DES (Data Encryption Standard).. Based on what I read, while DES is now considered insecure and susceptible to theoretical attacks (thanks Wikipedia), there are no trivial methods known for DES cracking. So instead, I used a simple password cracking tool called john with the help of @nijagaw Nico who pointed me to a nice wordlist (Link) to crack it.

Loaded 1 password hash (descrypt, traditional crypt(3) [DES 128/128 SSE2-16])

After some time i finally had the encrypted password.

john --wordlist=/Users/Patrik/Downloads/crackstation.txt pw           

Loaded 1 password hash (descrypt, traditional crypt(3) [DES 128/128 SSE2-16])

Press 'q' or Ctrl-C to abort, almost any other key for status

0g 0:00:00:04 5% 0g/s 3316Kp/s 3316Kc/s 3316KC/s 09554858..09554972

0g 0:00:00:27 52% 0g/s 2953Kp/s 2953Kc/s 2953KC/s 42333281..42333395

0g 0:00:00:28 54% 0g/s 2971Kp/s 2971Kc/s 2971KC/s 45154098..45154206

0g 0:00:01:56 35% 0g/s 3055Kp/s 3055Kc/s 3055KC/s CFCbu..CF(CC

sasi21033******        (?)

Use the "--show" option to display all of the cracked passwords reliably

Session completed

But what now? The website itself didn’t use any kind of .htaccess and, admittedly, I was a bit lost. However, thanks to the awesome @mongobug, I was able to figure out that each of the following was using Basic Authentication:

  • thestageingstuff.*.domain.com
  • developmentworkshere.*.domain.com
  • quark.*.domain.com
  • devsfavourite.*.domain.com

Additionally, the fun thing was the Username and Password I discovered worked on each and every one of them. In other words,I had access to the company’s development / beta environments.

The next step? Report it to the program owner who responded quickly, and resolved the issue even quicker. Kudos to them.

End of the story 🙂

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