Such CTF Very Wow – 30C3 Doge1 Writeup

Oh man, I wish I had more time to spent on this CTF but work/other stuff got in the way.

I post this challenge mostly because it was really funny to me, and kinda technical (what more could a nerd ask for?). Due to this challenge not being incredibly complicated I’m just going to post my process in pictures and explain it at the end.

The Challenge


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[email protected]:~$ python -c "print 'A' * 32 + '/etc/passwd' + '\x00'" | nc 1024

Basically, I absent mindedly filled the first input with a bunch of “A”s (thinking this was a stack overflow thing) and overflowed the filename. After I figured out what was happening I padded with 32 bytes and added a filename (/etc/passwd) and a null byte to terminate the string. Tada, we have a printout of the /etc/passwd file with the key in it. This exploits what was supposed to show the doge face from “ascii_art_doge_color.txt” and instead showed the /etc/passwd file.

Wow. Much challenge. Very Binary.

Matthew Bryant (mandatory)

Matthew Bryant (mandatory)
Security researcher who needs to sleep more. Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.