31 Jul 2020
Back in May 27th 2020, we released Pwnbox. Pwnbox is a completely browser accessible virtual hacking distro including everything a hacker’s operating system should have. Based on Parrot OS and with a Hack The Box look and feel, Pwnbox has (pre-installed) all the tools and lists needed to hack any HTB Lab, from Machines to Challenges and from Endgames to Pro Labs.
Pwnbox was created by ch4p as part of his vision to help the community practise their hacking skills and play HTB from any place of the world. If you do not have the best computer to host your own hacking VM, or you are not experienced yet with OS customization, or you do not have access to a computer with your tools, Pwnbox is the answer.
After a lot of thought and OS design in mid April 2020, the first version of Pwnbox was almost ready but not released yet. First, we did a competition on Discord to find from our community the best ASCII Art of our logo so we can add it in our customized terminal. Once we had the winning design, Pwnbox access became available in closed beta (end of April). At this stage, only Discord Admins and Moderators were able to beta test it, propose tools and find any security issues or bugs Pwnbox might have. After two weeks of closed beta, we fixed all issues found, installed all tools suggested and were ready for the first public beta release (mid May).
We created a channel on Discord and announced Pwnbox. Everybody was welcome to try Pwnbox, test it as much as possible, submit bugs and suggest new tools to add. And the community did! That was two fun weeks! More than 5K HTB users tried Pwnbox, submitted issues and proposed features and tools to make this OS as awesome as possible. We gathered all the feedback, we patched and Pwnbox was ready for the public eye on May 27th. Thank you all for the effort and being in the Pwnbox creation journey with us!
Pwnbox is a customized hacking cloud box that helps you hack all Hack The Box content directly from your browser, anytime, anywhere. The only thing you need is to have an account on Hack The Box. After that, the possibilities are endless.
*As of now, the VPN switch between the rest HTB Labs (Starting Point/Pro Labs/Endgames/Fortresses) is only available in the old HTB platform. This feature will be released soon in the new HTB platform once those Labs roll-out in the new interface.
Now I’ve gotta say it’s pretty cool, I’ve tested it couple times now, works like a charm! Would recommend trying it, also you hack from you phone now ! pic.twitter.com/mnce1xgU0k— Kr0ff (@CptXrat) May 27, 2020
Love it. Just used it to own traceback in just over an hour. Very responsive. Good work. pic.twitter.com/XvDzV39gLN— KPAX (@whipped) May 27, 2020
PS 1: If you have any pro tips of your own or any feedback/idea/suggestion to make Pwnbox better, please share your thoughts in the Pwnbox Discord Channel.
PS 2: For more details make sure you check out our Knowledge Base article about Pwnbox.
That’s all from us! Hope you love it as much as we do, try it out and help you in your everyday hacking routine. More news and features to be added soon.
Hack The Box Team