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This is a simple walkthrough for completing the Dancing target machine in

Task 1

Question: What is considered to be one of the most essential skills to possess as a Penetration Tester?

Answer: dir busting

Task 2

Question: What switch do we use for nmap’s scan to specify that we want to perform version detection?

Answer: -sV

Task 3

Question: What service type is identified as running on port 80/tcp in our nmap scan?

Answer: http

Task 4

Question: What service name and version of service is running on port 80/tcp in our nmap scan?

Answer: nginx 1.14.2

Task 5

Question: What is a popular directory busting tool we can use to explore hidden web directories and resources?

Answer: Gobuster

Task 6

Question: What switch do we use to specify to gobuster we want to perform dir busting specifically?

Answer: dir

$gobuster -h
  gobuster [command]

Available Commands:
  dir         Uses directory/file enumeration mode
  dns         Uses DNS subdomain enumeration mode
  fuzz        Uses fuzzing mode
  help        Help about any command
  s3          Uses aws bucket enumeration mode
  version     shows the current version
  vhost       Uses VHOST enumeration mode

      --delay duration    Time each thread waits between requests (e.g. 1500ms)
  -h, --help              help for gobuster
      --no-error          Don't display errors
  -z, --no-progress       Don't display progress
  -o, --output string     Output file to write results to (defaults to stdout)
  -p, --pattern string    File containing replacement patterns
  -q, --quiet             Don't print the banner and other noise
  -t, --threads int       Number of concurrent threads (default 10)
  -v, --verbose           Verbose output (errors)
  -w, --wordlist string   Path to the wordlist

Use "gobuster [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Task 7

Question: What page is found during our dir busting activities?

Answer: admin.php

gobuster dir -w /usr/share/wordlists/dirb/common.txt -u

Task 8

Question: What is the status code reported by gobuster upon finding a successful page?

Answer: 200

Task 9

Submit Flag

Since we can see that there is a directory file named admin.php, we can simply open up a browser and navigate to this directory using the IP address followed by the directory name.

When we navigate to this directory, the first thing that shows up is a login prompt. is an independent recruitment website launched in 2023 on a mission to match impactful people with meaningful organizations

Hi! My name is Carlos and I’ve been working in tech for the past 9 years.

I built this website to share my passion for recruitment and tech.

Clicking the heart tells me what you enjoy reading. Social sharing is appreciated (and always noticed).

That’s it. That is my pitch for you to stick around (or browse the site as you please).

If you want to get in contact with me, reach out to me via my socials 🙂

“Think of me as the ‘Consumer Reports’ for Impactful Talent.”

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