Remember what Dan said about his initial impression of their website? "Hokey" was the word I believe. The same can be said for the iLabs - to call it "unpolished" would be kind. Basically, you log in and reserve time in 2-3 hour blocks. The system creates a virtual lab environment for you on their network from which you can run their Bible-sized (both Old & New Testament) book of lab "exercises". The exercises themselves are basically just a very (very, very) simplistic execution of the myriad of tools accompanied by screen shots. For example, they'll have you install Cain and attempt to crack a password file but it really amounts to click here, now click here, okay, now click here. Done! There are no targets per se, just 3-4 different platforms you can run the different tools on. And there are no end-to-end exercises.
The information in the lab instructions ran the gamut but peaked at "okay". They could be unclear: no front matter whatsoever on system requirements et al, no instructions on how to run the different OS configurations, etc. They could be wrong: instructions to install a tool that doesn't need installing, starting a [insert OS here] machine that doesn't exist on the system. They could be overly simplistic: one exercise actually ended with "Press File then press Exit to close the tool". Screenshots were often wrong and were accompanied by little blurbs in the margin which I discovered were just grabbed from the tool's website.
My favorite example was one tool that required a registration key from the vendor. Keep in mind, all the installation file(s) for all the tools are located on the iLabs machines. So when I register at the website and get the key it doesn't work with the version on the iLabs - the vendor had come out with a new version and the key didn't match. So now you have to download the latest version, get a new key, and - not surprisingly - the lab instructions were mostly irrelevant.
Overall, the iLabs came off like an afterthought. Like, EC Council is putting in a half-hearted attempt at making themselves a little more like OSCP.
Update: One other thing that's bugged me from the start, both with the DVDs & CD Labs...no TOC on the disk. So Disk 1 could have modules 1-16, 1-2, 1-5,...no way of knowing. You have to plug it in to find out.
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