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Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

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Post Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:35 am

Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

H1t M0nk3y wrote:
I would recommend doing all of the extra miles and hacking every machine in the lab.

This is obviously a good advice, but hacking all the machines in the lab could be quite time consuming. For me, in my early attempts, I had hack something like 12-18 servers. I still managed to get 60 points in the exam, but still, this didn't make me pass. The thing I later realize is that these servers were not picked up randomly. I was taking the approach "today, I will go after an FTP server" or "today, I am going after a web application". So I wasn't approaching a given host and try to break it, I was looking more at services...

In addition, all the exercises in the videos can be reproduce in the lab. So it's like if we are starting at 10 servers...

But on my last attempt, I felt I was ready because I targeted xxx.yyy.xxx.201, then xxx.yyy.xxx.202, then xxx.yyy.xxx.203, etc... I think I did 9 of the first 10 machines I targeted. At this point, I knew that I would eventually hack any machine I set my mind on. I then started picking up servers with very different configurations: Linux with a web server, FreeBSD with a mail server and things like that. After pwning all the machines I was targeting, I knew I was ready.

So yes, if you can, go after all machines in the lab. But if you don't have the time, you can be wise about it...  ;D


Great advice!
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Post Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:50 am

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H1t M0nk3y wrote:In addition, all the exercises in the videos can be reproduce in the lab. So it's like if we are starting at 10 servers...


That's something I overlooked.
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Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

My studying has been going well since my last exam attempt. I feel like I am making good progress and figuring some things out. My goal is to take the exam at the end of the month.
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Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

I scheduled my exam for April 6. I was shooting for a week earlier, but to get an 8:00am Saturday time slot, I had to schedule it a week later. That gives me an extra week. I have made good progress since my last attempt and think I will be ready.
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Post Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:48 am

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Good luck!

I'll be look for your posts the Monday after...  ;)
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Post Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:28 am

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r0ckm4n wrote:I scheduled my exam for April 6. I was shooting for a week earlier, but to get an 8:00am Saturday time slot, I had to schedule it a week later. That gives me an extra week. I have made good progress since my last attempt and think I will be ready.


All the best :)
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Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

r0ckm4n wrote:I scheduled my exam for April 6. I was shooting for a week earlier, but to get an 8:00am Saturday time slot, I had to schedule it a week later. That gives me an extra week. I have made good progress since my last attempt and think I will be ready.


Best of luck!!!!  ;D
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Thanks, guys!
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Awesome man! We're all pulling for you.
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azmatt wrote:Awesome man! We're all pulling for you.


Thanks!
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Post Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:21 pm

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Tomorrow is my exam. I feel more prepared this time.
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Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

Kick its ass!!
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What DragonGorge said X 10,000. Good luck!!!
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Post Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:32 am

Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

Good luck buddy!

I know what you are going through...
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Post Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:30 pm

Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

Looking forward to hearing another 'pass'

Good luck!
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