In continuing our series on compromising the Metasploitable machines, the next installment is on the Unreal IRC service.
This is a very quick exploit, which does not require any additional scripting or even downloading to get to work properly. Its a back door within the Unreal IRC daemon that allows a remote attacker to instantly gain root to the target machine. In fact, this method is actually faster than using Metasploit!
So first things first, nmap scan the machine to ensure that the service is running on the target.