Last updated at Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:54:17 GMT

Metasploit CTF 2021 starts today

It’s that time of year again! Time for the 2021 Metasploit Community CTF. Earlier today over 1,100 users in more than 530 teams were registered and opened for participation to solve this year’s 18 challenges. Next week a recap and the winners will be announced, so stay tuned for more information.

Overlayfs LPE

This week Metasploit shipped an exploit for the recent Overlayfs vulnerability in Ubuntu Linux. The exploit works on Ubuntu 14.04 through 20.10, for both the x64 and aarch64 architectures making it very accessible. The vulnerability leverages a lack of verification within the Overlayfs implementation and can be exploited reliably.

Older Exploit Improvements

Community member bcoles made a number of improvements to some older Windows exploits this week. The exploit for MS-03-026 now includes a check method along with modules docs. MS-05-039 was tested and found to be reliable regardless of the target language pack so the target was updated to reflect this. Additionally, MS-07-029 has 13 new targets for different Server 2000 and Server 2003 language packs. This set of improvements will go a long way in helping users test these critical vulnerabilities in older versions of Windows.

New module content (1)

  • 2021 Ubuntu Overlayfs LPE by bwatters-r7 and ssd-disclosure, which exploits CVE-2021-3493 - Adds a module for the CVE-2021-3493 overlay fs local privilege escalation for Ubuntu versions 14.04 - 20.10.

Enhancements and features

  • #15914 from bcoles - This improves upon the exploit/windows/dcerpc/ms03_026_dcom module by adding a check method, documentation, and cleaning up the code.
  • #15915 from bcoles - This renames the Windows 2000 SP4 Languages targets in thems05_039_pnp exploit to Windows 2000 SP4 Universal. It has been tested and was determined to not be language pack dependent.
  • #15918 from bcoles - This adds 13 new language pack-specific targets to the ms07_029_msdns_zonename exploit.
  • #15920 from smashery - This adds tab completion support to the powershell_import command.
  • #15928 from jmartin-r7 - This updates Metasploit Framework's default Ruby version from 2.7 to 3. There should be no end-user impact.

Bugs fixed

  • #15897 from timwr - This fixes modules that check the return value of write_file() calls by returning a boolean value instead of nil.
  • #15913 from timwr - This fixes handling for shellwords parsing of malformed user-supplied input, such as unmatched quotes, when interacting with command shell sessions.
  • #15917 from smashery - This fixes a tab completion bug in Meterpreter.

Get it

As always, you can update to the latest Metasploit Framework with msfupdate
and you can get more details on the changes since the last blog post from

If you are a git user, you can clone the Metasploit Framework repo (master branch) for the latest.
To install fresh without using git, you can use the open-source-only Nightly Installers or the
binary installers (which also include the commercial edition).