Practicing the arcane [infosec] arts

Month: May 2021

Pwning Kioptrix 2014 to find Social Security Numbers

I downloaded from vulnhub and put Kioptrix 2014 on my lab network for my next machine challenge. This box had some software I hadn’t seen before, exposed social security numbers and lacked some of the commands I usually attacked.

I wasn’t able to get an interactive shell without using the metasploit framework, which is a little disappointing….but overall it was a fun box to hack on.

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How to Fix Missing bcm43224 Firmware in Kali

I’m running Kali on an OLD Macbook Air. I ran an update today and was having trouble completing the initramfs update so I removed the old kernels and rebooted.

Of course when the system came back up, the wifi adapter wasn’t working. Missing firmware. The Macbook is using a Broadcom 43224 device.

After some troubleshooting and internet researching, I found I needed to install a brcmsmac package. Thanks to this debian wiki page. I grabbed an Alfa USB wireless adapter to get online in the meantime.

These are the commands I ran. Simple fix, just using apt-get and modprobe.

sudo apt-get install firmware-brcm80211
modprobe -r brcmsmac
modprobe brcmsmac

The wifi adapter came back up after that. Just leaving this here in case it can help someone else too.

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