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An attacker might get administrative access to a web application. However, this does not automatically mean that the web server can be compromised. In cases where a SaaS application is made available to users, it is routine to give each user admin access to his own instance of the web application e.g. a managed hosted Wordpress site. In such scenario, the attacker who will begin accessing the application as a managed administrative user will have to figure out how to exploit the administrative interface to do privilege escalation.
In the exercise below, the attacker has administrative access to the web application and needs to find a file download attack to download important system files (For example: shadow file) from the server.
A version of Codiad is vulnerable to file download attack. The following username and passwords may be used to explore the application and/or find a vulnerability which might require authenticated access:
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