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Post Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:04 pm

Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

I extended my lab time on Tuesday. It's been a productive week of studying this week and I am more focused. I rooted the most difficult server I have rooted so far. It was a very good experience and I learned a lot from it.
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Great job!!
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azmatt wrote:Great job!!


Thanks!
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My lab time continues to be productive. I rooted 5 servers since I extended my lab time last Tuesday. Things I was having difficulties with like RFI is not a problem anymore.
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Post Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:34 am

Re: Failed my first attempt at the OSCP exam

@r0ckm4n:

Good to see you're already back at it and that you're making good progress!
But I have a question for you: What do you think you're still missing to pass the OSCP exam with confidence?

Maybe we can help you a bit here...  ;)
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I rooted another one this morning.
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H1t M0nk3y wrote:@r0ckm4n:

Good to see you're already back at it and that you're making good progress!
But I have a question for you: What do you think you're still missing to pass the OSCP exam with confidence?

Maybe we can help you a bit here...  ;)



Thanks, H1t M0nk3y! I appreciate at your support.

RFI was a problem, but I've improved in that area. I've also had problems with servers with a single open port such as 80, but I've improved there. Things are really starting to click for me and my last two servers took 2.5 and 2 hours. I've been able to figure other ways of rooting when one method didn't work and I'm not talking about starting over from a totally different approach. I need to work more on changing shell code in exploits and adjusting the code to make it work. Any advice is welcome. I need to look through my notes to determine my weaknesses a little better since my recent improvement. When I get it figured out, I'll post up my weaknesses.
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Great job r0ckm4n!!

Are you using any other sources for additional research on the topics you're working on?
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azmatt wrote:Great job r0ckm4n!!

Are you using any other sources for additional research on the topics you're working on?


Thanks, azmatt!

For buffer overflows I used the first two corelan tutorials and one from The Grey Corner blog. The one from The Grey Corner blog was really easy to understand. Also SecurityTube.net has a good assembly video series for both Linux and Windows, as well as a buffer overflow series.

https://www.corelan.be/index.php/2009/0 ... overflows/

https://www.corelan.be/index.php/2009/0 ... al-part-2/

http://www.thegreycorner.com/2010/01/be ... rflow.html

A lot of the resources I have used I got from this message board. G0tmi1k's blog has helped and especially his Linux privilege escalation post:

http://blog.g0tmi1k.com/2011/08/basic-l ... ation.html

Something that has been very useful for me has been nikto. It has made it easier to find web vulnerabilities. Httprint has also been useful for verifying web server fingerprinting done with nmap and nikto.
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Post Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:45 pm

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Today I rooted my 25th server in the lab. That makes 8 servers since my last exam fail.
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Great job on the boxes and thanks for the links.
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azmatt wrote:Great job on the boxes and thanks for the links.


Thanks and you are welcome.
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Post Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:57 pm

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I just rooted my 28th server in the PWB lab!
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Post Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:23 pm

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Sounds like your hard work is paying off and things are clicking for you  8)
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Post Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:33 pm

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azmatt wrote:Sounds like your hard work is paying off and things are clicking for you  8)


It is for sure. I am glad I extended my lab time. I wasn't planning to originally.
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