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Post Wed May 30, 2012 5:43 pm

[Article]-RUaNinja? Hacking Contest Solution

OK OK... before you yell at me, let me just say better late than never. I must also add a special thanks to Tim for not only doing this write-up but also pushing me to get this done.

Might I also add that if this is the first time you're seeing this, please try to do the challenge on your own. If you get stuck, go to the original thread for the chalenge and look for my hints. If those still don't help you, use this article just to get a hint, then try again. Hopefully we all learn something along the way.

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By Timothy E. Everson , OSCP, GPEN et al

So there I was, grabbing a bit of lunch, doing my daily catch up on the forums here at The Ethical Hacker Network (EH-Net), and Don, our Editor-in-Chief, posted the hacking challenge, RUaNinja? “Sweet!” I thought, “I'm always up for these skills tests, so let's see what Don has for us today.”  Then, as I opened the thread, I realized I was in for a treat!  As a fun way to promote his Syngress book, Ninja Hacking (Co-Authored by Thomas Wilhelm), Jason Andress, author of some excellent reads and a well-known IT security aficionado, had put together a masterpiece of a challenge tasking the readers to dig deep in their toolboxes, reach outside the box, and get into the mindset of a seasoned strategist.

Much like ninjutsu, the challenge involved stealth, concealment, decryption, and even a little extra something… a keen sense of awareness both of your surroundings as well as those things lying right under your nose.  So without further ado, here's the story of my struggles, and ultimately my successes, with the RUaNinja? Challenge.  Note: The events below were not all completed in one day.  I bow to Jason for giving me a workout.



Enjoy,
Don
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Post Wed May 30, 2012 8:27 pm

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Totally awesome solution from Tim  8) Reading through this is giving me a bit of an itch to do another one, although I'd better get my next column for Don done first before he kneecaps me.
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Post Thu May 31, 2012 2:17 am

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Tis great i like that
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Post Thu May 31, 2012 6:37 am

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Thanks for the props, jason.

And yes, don would probably like the column first.  :P

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(Edit:  PS - wasn't so much pushing don to get it done.  Rather, I had multiple members ask me about the solution, recently, and realized we'd never posted anything, so 'better late than never', right?)
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Post Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:55 am

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PSS (or PPS, or whatever term is used to PS a PS  :P) -

I also felt royally stupid, later, when I realized the solution to the

4,3:_3,1:6,3_6.2:6,3:8,1:_3,3:3,2:2,1:1,3:_2,3:6,3:6,1:7,1:8,2:8,1:3,2:7,3:7,4:_4,3:_3,3:3,2:2,1:7,3:_8,1:4,2:3,2:_5,3:
2,1:2,3:5,2:_6,3:3,3:_8,1:4,2:3,2:6,1:

string was also easy, on a phone.  First number is the dialing number, second number is the letter on that button........

:-[ <embarrassed>
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Post Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:57 pm

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That was a good read.  Man, great work Hayabusa!!  I know I would have been stuck for a while on the "4,3:_3,1:6,3_6.2:6,3:8,1:_3,3:3,2:2,1:1,3:_2,3:6,3:6,1:7,1:8,2:8,1:3,2:7,3:7,4:_4,3:_3,3:3,2:2,1:7,3:_8,1:4,2:3,2:_5,3:
2,1:2,3:5,2:_6,3:3,3:_8,1:4,2:3,2:6,1:" part. 
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Post Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:49 pm

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That was a sticking point for alot of folks, I think. I spent a little time last night scribbling notes for the new one and cackling gleefully  ;D
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Post Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:04 pm

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Jason's right. Many got stick on that one which led to my 3rd major hint:


This challenge takes a lot of effort. You can't just phone it in. Then again, why not?!?!



Thought I was being all witty.  :P

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Post Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:07 pm

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jason wrote:That was a sticking point for alot of folks, I think. I spent a little time last night scribbling notes for the new one and cackling gleefully  ;D


OH BOY!!!!!!!!! <sheepishly exuberant>  ;)
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