PicoCTF 2017 – Special Agent User #appsec #infosec #forensics

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post we will solving the “Special Agent User” challenge in the PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see:

PicoCTF_Special_Agent_1

We have another pcap (packet capture file) and we need to find the User Agent. OK. Sounds plausible. Let’s look at the hints.

PicoCTF_Special_Agent_2

There’s a link that discuss more about user-agents. Let’s go to that link.

Opening that link we see the following:

PicoCTF_Special_Agent_3

The web page explains the different components of the User-String. This will be useful.

Opening the packet capture file we notice the usual stuff UDP, and ICMP packets. And like with the first “Digital Camouflage” challenge we can ignore this.

User-Agent strings are found in HTTP requests. We need to look at packet captures for just HTTP requests.

Doing this we see a packet that’s piqued our interest…

PicoCTF_Special_Agent_4

On packet 80 (GET / HTTP/1.1) we’ll do a right click, Follow, HTTP stream.

Doing this we have the following:

PicoCTF_Special_Agent_5

Looking at the last entry in the user agent, we can see that the packet is using Firefox 25. Entering that as the flag, we’ve acquired 50 points!

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PicoCTF 2017 – computeAES #infosec #appsec #crypto #ctf

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post will explore solving the “computeAES” challenge in PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see the following:

PicoCTF_computeAES_1

Clicking on the clue link we see the following:

PicoCTF_computeAES_2

Going back to the challenge and clicking the hints we see:

PicoCTF_computeAES_3

Let’s use the hint of using online tools to solve this challenge.

Doing a Google search for “convert base64 to hex” we get the following link.

Going to this link we put in our base64 input to get the hex equivalent.

Doing this for the key and the input we get the following:

Key =Β 4f9b95cd8b6e04dbfabf08e886c955e3

Input = b75874a9b70e851405e44e3a6ec34b8a67db708e9e82b28fe0b1ed291de54f851d5a386cb0cf11412053ed2ffcadc472

Doing another Google search for “AES calc hex” we get the following link.

Entering the hex value of the key and input we get the following:

PicoCTF_computeAES_4

We found the flag! Copying the flag and removing the extra space we’ve acquired 50 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Yarn #appsec #infosec #ctf

Another day, another challenge…

Today’s blog post we will solve the, “Yarn” challenge from PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see:

PicoCTF_Yarn_1

OK, we need to find a flag inside of a file, but we do not know what the file is.

Let’s look at the hints and see if that provides any clues.

PicoCTF_Yarn_2

Looking at the hints we’re provided with two questions. Possibly answering these questions will leads us to the flag.

Answer question #1 – “what does the string command use to determine if something is a string?” We decide to do a Google search to answer just that.

Doing this Google search we’re provided with the following link.

Reading the article we determine that the strings command prints the printable characters from a file.

Doing that we’re provided with the following screenshot:

PicoCTF_Yarn_3

We’ve answered question #1. Let’s answer question #2.

Question #2 – is there a way to change the length that the strings command look for?

Going back to the link we see that there is a way we can specify that there is a way to determine the length of strings we want to print.

How do we use this?

By adding the “-n <length you want to use>”

Doing this we get the following:

PicoCTF_Yarn_4

Scrolling down we see:

PicoCTF_Yarn_5

Hmm… I think we found the flag! “Submit_me_for_I_am_the_flag”

Putting this string as the flag we have acquired 55 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Hash101

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post will be solving the “Hash101” challenge from the PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see…

PicoCTF_Hash101_1

OK we need to hashes to claim our flag. Let’s see what the hints say.

PicoCTF_Hash101_2

Looking at the hints Google will be our friend πŸ™‚

Connecting to the server we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_3

We need to convert the binary to ASCII text.

Doing a Google search of, “binary to ASCII text converter” search we get the following website.

Going there, we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_7

Changing the binary to the binary in the challenge we get:

PicoCTF_Hash101_8

The text we’re looking for is “peace” entering this in we are now in the second level of the challenge.

PicoCTF_Hash101_11

We need to find the hex value of our word, peace. Going back to the link referenced above, we see that the hex is referenced.

PicoCTF_Hash101_12

Entering that we now need to enter the decimal equivalent. For this, going back to Google and entering “hex to decimal converter” we get the following link.

Clicking the link we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_9

Entering the hex value we get the following decimal value.

PicoCTF_Hash101_10

Entering that into the challenge we get the following:

PicoCTF_Hash101_13

Going to the third level we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_14

Reading the description one might ask, what are we looking for?

Remember from the first level of the challenge where we need to find the ASCII text?

Doing a Google search of, “ASCII table” we find the followingΒ link.

Opening the link we see the ASCII equivalent of the letters.

We need to find a string that when doing the modulo of base 16 we get a number of 10.

One might wonder… what is modulo?

The modulo is the remainder of a division equation.

We know that we are dividing by 16 and the modulo (remainder) needs to be 10.

One way to achieve this is to find any multiple of 16 and add 10.

Why multiple of 16? Doing a multiple of 16 if we did a modulo of that the modulo would be 0 (as there is no remainder).

Doing this I was able to do the following:

PicoCTF_Hash101_5

Entering 4, we had a module of 4 and not 10.

Entering the string of “:” we were able to complete the level. Why? “:” in ASCII is 58. How did we get 58? 16 * 3 Β = 48 + 10 = 58. We’re adding 10 because we know we need a remainder of 10.

Moving to level 4 we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_15

Doing another Google search of, “MD5 decrypter” we get the following link.

Clicking the link and entering the md5 hash, we get the following:

PicoCTF_Hash101_16

Entering this the level we see:

PicoCTF_Hash101_17

Entering this flag into the input box we’ve acquired 50 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Mystery Box

Another day, another challenge.

In today’s blog post we will be solving the “Mystery Box” challenge from the PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see:

PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_1

OK, we have a mystery machine, with a stick note, and a picture.

Clicking on the sticky note link we see:
PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_2

OK… we have a note. This is going to be useful later.

Clicking on the picture link we see:

PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_3

Going back to the challenge and click on the hints we see:

PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_4

OK. The hints tell us that this box uses gear and it was used from the naval services. Also we have the name of Turing… let’s see what Google would provide us.

Doing a Google search of “Turing machine naval” we get the following link.

This link is the enigma machine emulator.

The enigma machine was used in WW2 (World War 2) to help crack secret messages from Nazi Germany.

The person who was responsible for this machine was Alan Turing. Alan Turing was the father of computer science. He was a computer scientist, mathematician, logician, etc. If you want to read more about his life, click here.

Going back to the enigma machine emulator we see:

PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_5

Hmm… we see that the words are similar to are listed in the note.

Let’s use that to figure out what the enigma machine will return us.

After entering the information we get:

PicoCTF_Mystery_Box_6

Hmm… The enigma machine returned – “quite puzzling indeed”.

Putting this in as the flag, we acquired 60 points!!

PicoCTF 2017 – My First SQL

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post we will be solving the challenge, “My First SQL” from the PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Going to the challenge we see:

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_1

OK… we need to access a website, but we do not have the password. Let’s see what the hints give us.

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_4

Clicking the website link we see:

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_2

Doing a right click, view page source we see:

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_3

We do not see anything useful. We have a form that is looking for a username and password.

Going back to the hints, let’s do a Google search of SQL Injection.

After doing the search we have a link, that specifies how to do a SQL injection to do login bypass.

Let’s do it.

Going back to the website, we see that we have a username and password.

Let’s try using a username of “admin”

and a password of ” ‘ OR ‘1’=’1′ ”

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_5

Pressing login we get:

PicoCTF_My_First_SQL_6

We found the flag, and acquired 50 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Hex2Raw

Another day, another challenge…

Today’s challenge we will be solving the Hex2Raw challenge in the PicoCTF.

Let’s start.

Clicking on the challenge we see the following:

PicoCTF_Hex2Raw_1

OK. With this challenge we see that we need to print unprintable characters from the following location.

Let’s see what the hints give us.

Clicking on the hints we see:

PicoCTF_Hex2Raw_2

OK. We can see that Google has easy techniques to do this.

Let’s go to the command line and see what we can do.

After logging in and going to the directory we see the following:

PicoCTF_Hex2Raw_3

Running the hex2raw application we see:

PicoCTF_Hex2Raw_4

I pressed Ctrl + C to end the program.

OK. We are given raw input and we need to convert it to hexadecimal character.

Doing a Google search we noticed that we can use Python to get our desired output.

How would we do this?

With the decode function!

PicoCTF_Hex2Raw_5

Explaining the screenshot below we’re invoking the python interpreter the -c designated that we’re using a command. We’re printing the raw form, and using the decode function designated that we wanted to decode with the hexadecimal system. We’re going to pipe the output to the hex2raw program.

Doing this we see the flag, and acquired 20 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Substitute

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post will explore solving the “Substitute” challenge inside of the PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see the following:
PicoCTF_Substitute_1

Clicking on the link we see:

PicoCTF_Substitute_2

Jumbled text…

Going back to the challenge and look at the hints we see:
PicoCTF_Substitute_3

Well the hint REALLY wasn’t that helpful.

Well using the hints we have with the title, we need to use a substitution cipher.

Doing a google search we have the following link.

Pasting the substitution cipher into the input box and pressing submit we see possible plaintext (original text).

Hmm… we see one that’s promising…

PicoCTF_Substitute_4

We found the flag!

Going back to the challenge and entering the flag and pressing Enter we have acquired 40 points!

PicoCTF 2017 – Digital Camouflage

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post we will be solving the “Digital Camouflage” challenge in the PicoCTF.

Let’s start.

Clicking on the challenge we see the following:

PicoCTF_Digital_Camouflage_1

We need to find the password in a packet capture.

Let’s look at the hints to see what we can find.

PicoCTF_Digital_Camouflage_2

Downloading the file and going to Wireshark we see the following:

PicoCTF_Digital_Camouflage_6

We see network traffic. The first half is UDP packets which is not important for this challenge.

Scrolling down we see the following:

PicoCTF_Digital_Camouflage_5

Looking at this packet we see a username, and password. Could this be what we’re looking for?

Doing a right click, follow, HTTP Stream we see:

PicoCTF_Digital_Camouflage_4

Entering the password into the input box we retrieved the flag and acquired 50 points.