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Catalyst256

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Post Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:15 am

OSCP - Two weeks in.

Hi guys, I started my OSCP journey a couple of weeks ago. I'm really enjoying it and still working out the best way to approach it. I've watched some of the videos and read a lot of the PDF but spent more time working on the lab machines.

I've managed to "pop" a few of the student lab boxes but struggle with privilege escalation and re-compiling the exploits.

Nothing worth getting stressed about, it all's part of the learning curve and I'm having an awesome time..  ;D
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:33 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

It sounds like you doing fine there are a few good blogs on privilege escalation.

Might want look at
g0tmi1k blog
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:36 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Cool thanks I will check them out..
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Post Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:44 pm

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

You'll often need to look at the exploit and try to figure out what it's specifically trying to do. You may find your kernel version falls within the range of a lot of public exploits, but there may be other conditions or subtleties that need to be analyzed in order to determine if a given exploit will compile and execute successfully.

Be sure to review other privilege services and pillage the system to the extent you're able to as well.
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:00 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Rather than posting on here all the time (yes I know its a forum and that's the point), I've been updating my blog on my progress.

Check it out if you are interested:

http://itgeekchronicles.co.uk
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:41 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Looks good, and I'm sure others will benefit from reading your experiences.  Thanks for the share.
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:38 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Catalyst256 wrote:Rather than posting on here all the time (yes I know its a forum and that's the point), I've been updating my blog on my progress.

Check it out if you are interested:

http://itgeekchronicles.co.uk


I checked out your blog and found your Scapy guide. I haven't read the whole thing yet but so far I like! Great resource for folks trying to learn Scapy.
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:43 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Glad you like it (so far) tturner. There will be more content added after my OSCP course is done and a special B-Sides London 2013 edition is in the works as well.
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:17 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Catalyst256 wrote:Rather than posting on here all the time (yes I know its a forum and that's the point), I've been updating my blog on my progress.

Check it out if you are interested:

http://itgeekchronicles.co.uk


Looks good. I like reading about others' experiences in the course. You're correct about time flying by really quickly. I also took 90 days and finished with two weeks to spare for finishing up the report.

Good luck!
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

I've been following your blog for a while, and have been enjoying your OSCP updates. I've also read your Scapy guide and found it really useful, looking forward to the special B-Sides London 2013 edition.

Good luck!

@catalyst256 & @superkojiman: I'd be interested to hear a guestimate as to how many hours you invested over the 90 day's (@catalyst256 I appreciate you still have 30 to go) and a rough idea of how this broke down.

@superkojiman: I took a look at your blog too, you should update your profile to include it. Some good posts on there!
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:59 pm

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Awesome blog dude! Love your work.

Keep it up and good luck with the exam!
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Post Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:02 pm

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m0wgli wrote:@superkojiman: I took a look at your blog too, you should update your profile to include it. Some good posts on there!


Thanks :)

Regarding the number of hours I spent over the 90 day period, I would say about 8 hours on weekdays, and more on weekends. I work full time so I couldn't devote as much time as I wanted to the course. I took notes as I went through, and finished everything with two weeks to spare. Spent that time finalizing the report and going back to take screenshots or any other info that I may have missed. Overall, I still managed to have a bit of a life while taking the course.
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Post Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:02 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Hey m0wgli,

I spend on average between 2-4 hours a day in the labs during the week and probably about 6-7 at the weekend. I will probably be pulling a few late nights during the last few weeks.

I have taken a few days off work and spent 12 hours each day in the lab which helped.

I tend to do research and mess around with VM's at work (just don't tell my boss). It's not as much time as I would like but that's life.
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Post Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:07 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

Cool sounds like you are having a lot of fun. This course is on my list to do so any tips or feedback from you would be nice.
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Post Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:32 am

Re: OSCP - Two weeks in.

@catalyst256 & @superkojiman: Thanks for the replies.
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