Privilege Escalation Training

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Train With CyberQ Skill Pack Challenges

CyberQ Skillpacks are designed to test your skills in a variety of different challenges with limited guidance. Each challenge runs independently as its own “Self-Paced Capture the Flag.” Launching a Skill Pack challenge will reserve your very own space in our CyberQ Data Center, we will raise the Attack Console, as well as the down-range vulnerable targets for you to practice and challenge your skills.


Each challenge includes a set of distinct challenge flags, in order to solve the flags you must perform a variety of procedures in the target environment including basic host discovery, service discovery, vulnerability analysis, attack procedures, privilege escalation, and more.


Please note, this is not a learning lab. Skill packs are designed intentionally with challenges, puzzles, and preconfigured targets that will test your ability to identify, analyze, exploit, and own the targets. If you are new to Cyber and have never participated in a cyber challenge or competition, Skill packs may be too advanced. So, feel free to browse our learning productsif this describes you, however, if you are ready for a challenge, enjoy solving complex puzzles and testing your limits, CyberQ challenges are a great way to hone your trade craft.

Privilege Escalation Techniques Skill Pack

This Skill Pack will challenge your skills in salient horizontal and vertical privilege escalation techniques including; Command injection, Kernel Vulnerability Exploitation, Script Injection, Privilege Escalation Script, msfvenom Privilege Escalation Exploit, Local Privilege Escalation, and Application Vulnerability Exploitation.

Each challenge contains a fully designed target network with live virtual machines, servers, web hosts, and vulnerable sites and applications. Launching a challenge will open the CyberQ Console and safely connect you to our live attack environment right through your browser. Depending on the challenge, you will land in your attack machine, either Kali or Parrot, where you will have instant access to the full suite of attack tools required to carry out your challenge. Targets are preconfigured with host and application vulnerabilities which you will uncover as you progress through the challenges. CyberQ is a fully automated Cyber Range platform providing you with a self-driven Capture-the-flag experience in each challenge. 


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Gain direct hands-on practical experience on Industry’s leading Cyber Range Platform – CyberQ. Successful Completion of this Privilege Escalation Skill Pack will gain you Job-ready Cyber skills and execution efficiency against cyber challenges.

About Privilege Escalation Skill Pack

Privileges are a security role assigned to users for using specific programs, features, OSs, functions, files or codes, etc., to limit their access by different types of users. If a user is assigned more privileges, he/she can modify or interact with more restricted parts of the system or application than less privileged users. Attackers initially gain system access with low privilege and then try to gain more privileges to perform activities restricted from less privileged users. A privilege escalation attack is the process of gaining more privileges than were initially acquired.

In a privilege escalation attack, attackers first gain access to the network using a non-admin user account and then try to gain administrative privileges. Attackers employ design flaws, programming errors, bugs, and configuration oversights in the OS and software application to gain administrative access to the network and its associated applications.

Once an attacker has gained access to a remote system with a valid username and password, he/she will attempt to escalate the user account to one with increased privileges, such as that of an administrator, to perform restricted operations. These privileges allow the attacker to view critical/sensitive information, delete files, or install malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, worms, etc.

Types of Privilege Escalation

Privilege escalation is required when you want to access the system resources that you are not authorized to access. Privilege escalation takes place in two forms: vertical privilege escalation and horizontal privilege escalation.

  • Horizontal Privilege Escalation: In a horizontal privilege escalation, the unauthorized user tries to access the resources, functions, and other privileges that belong to an authorized user who has similar access permissions. For instance, online banking user A can easily access user B’s bank account.
  • Vertical Privilege Escalation: In a vertical privilege escalation, the unauthorized user tries to gain access to the resources and functions of a user with higher privileges, such as application or site administrators. For example, someone using online banking can access the site using administrative functions.

Privilege Escalation Techniques Covered in the Skill Pack

  • 03 Tick icon Command injection
  • 03 Tick icon Kernel Vulnerability Exploitation
  • 03 Tick icon Script Injection
  • 03 Tick icon Privilege Escalation Script
  • 03 Tick icon msfvenom Privilege Escalation Exploit
  • 03 Tick icon Local Privilege Escalation
  • 03 Tick icon Privilege Escalation Exploit
  • 03 Tick icon Application Vulnerability Exploitation

Gain related NICE skills for Privilege Escalation

Skill in conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems.
Skill in assessing the robustness of security systems and designs.
Skill in mimicking threat behaviors.
Skill in the use of penetration testing tools and techniques.
Skill in conducting application vulnerability assessments.
Skill to develop insights about the context of an organization’s threat environment.

Related Job Roles for Privilege Escalation

    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Blue Team Technician
    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Red Team Technician
    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Computer Network Defense (CND) Auditor
    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Ethical Hacker
    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Information Security Engineer
    • 04 JobRole Person Icon Internal Enterprise Auditor
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Penetration Tester
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Network Security Engineer
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Reverse Engineer
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Risk/Vulnerability Analyst
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Technician
  • 04 JobRole Person Icon Vulnerability Manager