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T1154: Trap

mitre-persistence | Level: Easy  | Total Lab Runs: 0 | Premium Lab

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Trap command allows the program/shell to specify commands that need to be executed on receiving pre-defined interrupt signals (e.g. ctrl+c, ctrl+d).

In this lab, we are given SSH access on the target machine. The flag is not on the machine yet. Once the "wait" file present in the user's home directory is deleted, the real user will log into the systems and save the flag in the user's home directory.  However, on the deletion of this file, the password will be changed, SSH will be restarted and all newly started processed will be killed. Also, any maintaining access method deployed before the user sends Ctrl+C signal might get killed. So, it is advisable to deploy the mechanism after the user sends Ctrl+C.

Initial SSH Credentials


Your mission:

  1. Maintain access on the target machine using TRAP command.
  2. Retrieve the flag.



  • This lab is dedicated to you! No other users are on this network :) 
  • Once you start the lab, you will have access to a root terminal of a Kali instance
  • Your Kali has an interface with IP address 192.X.Y.Z. Run "ip addr" to know the values of X and Y.
  • The target server should be located at the IP address 192.X.Y.3. 
  • Do not attack the gateway located at IP address 192.X.Y.1 

1. Flag

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  • Denial of Service attacks
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  • Attacking the lab infrastructure

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