Hack the Moria: 1.1 (CTF Challenge)

Today I found a Vulnerable Lab based on the world of Lords of The Rings. So get on your Gandalf mode to solve this fun Vulnerable Lab Moria 1.2., we are going to download the VM Machine from here.

The credit for developing this VM machine is goes to Abatchy. It is a Boot2Root Lab.

Note: According to author you don’t need LOTR knowledge to hack this VM, but trust me, you need it.

Let’s Breach!!!

As always, Let us start form getting to know the IP of VM (Here, I have it at but you will have to find your own)


Use nmap command for port enumeration

nmap -sV

As you can see port 21 for ftp, port 22 for ssh and port 80 for http are open, so let’s explore port 80 through Browser.

After Browsing I found this Image with label Gates of Moria. I decided to do a bit research on the text written in given below the image. After searching through some wiki pages, I found its translation “Say Friend and Enter” where Mellon means Friend.