Getting root is considered the Holy Grail in the world of Linux exploitation. Much like SYSTEM on Windows, the root account provides full administrative access to the operating system. Sometimes even a successful exploit will only give a low-level shell; In that case, a technique called privilege escalation can be used to gain access to more powerful accounts and completely own the system.

Step 1: Gather Info & Search for Exploit

In a previous tutorial, we used Metasploit to gain a low-level shell on the target system by exploiting the Shellshock vulnerability. What we ultimately want is… more

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