[CSAW 2016] Gametime Writeup



Guess what time it is! That’s right! Gametime! Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author: Brad Antoniewicz

note: flag is not in flag{} format


To be honest, I downloaded the file, played the game once and got the key. It is possible for humans to win the game, or maybe it’s just my Super-Vegan powers LOL.
But I wanted, of course, to get the key using RE. I opened IDA and searched for interesting strings.

I highlighted the important lines: The success message (I know, I got it when I played) and the failure messages. Using X-Refs I found where the failure messages are printed out and patched the program to jump to the success instead. Notice that you’ll need to change two functions.

1st jump to change:


2nd jump to change:


Now apply the patches to the program and run it. Let the game play alone and the key will be printed.

The key is: (no5c30416d6cf52638460377995c6a8cf5)

[CSAW 2016] Key Writeup



So I like to make my life difficult, and instead of a password manager, I make challenges that keep my secrets hidden. I forgot how to solve this one and it is the key to my house… Can you help me out? It’s getting a little cold out here.

NOTE: Flag is not in normal flag format.

Running the file we end up with a message: “?W?h?a?t h?a?p?p?e?n?”
Let’s open the exe in IDA and view it’s strings looking for interesting strings.

We have 4 interesting strings:

  • A path: C:\\Users\\CSAW2016\\haha\\flag_dir\\flag.txt
  • The known message: ?W?h?a?t h?a?p?p?e?n?
  • Good key: Congrats You got it!
  • Bad key: =W=r=o=n=g=K=e=y=

Visiting the function that uses the path string (X-ref) we understand the program is trying to read the key from it, if it doesn’t exists we would get: ?W?h?a?t h?a?p?p?e?n?

I Created the txt file with “aaa” inside and ran again, this time I set a breakpoint before the decision whether to jump to the success or failure message.


Now let’s see what we have in what seem like the comparison function.

Stepping the lines we can see that my “aaa” is compared with a string.


This string is the key “idg_cni~bjbfi|gsxb” and also the flag to the challenge.


[CSAW 2016] Sleeping Guard Writeup



Only true hackers can see the image in this magic PNG….
nc crypto.chal.csaw.io 8000

Author: Sophia D’Antoine

We are given with python script, Netcat command and a hint about a PNG file. Let’s run Netcat and see what we will get:

We received a base64 encoded text from the server. It is probably our image so let’s decode it and save it to file:

Trying to open the image we faced with an error, our image-viewer could not open the file. Open the file with text viewer and see that there is no PNG header. So, we have the image but it somehow encoded and we need to find out how to decode it. Let’s look at the script, the answer will probably be there. It’s not so long so I attached it here:

Look at the highlighted rows. You can see that after encoding the file with base64 the script is checking whether the size of the encryption key is 12 . We don’t see any encryption in the script except the encoding itself but we can assume that in the original script an encryption is done using 12 bytes long key. But what encryption? There are billion of options, how can we find the right decryption algorithm to use? Well, the answer is simple – this is a CTF and the admins know that we cannot try all the possible decryption methods so it will probably be the banal option: XOR.

After choosing our encryption method let’s think how can we find the key itself. We know the file is a PNG image, so we can XOR the first 12 bytes of the encrypted flle with the first 12 bytes of normal PNG file.

89 50 4E 47 0D 0A 1A 0A 00 00 00 0D XOR DE 3F 0F 2F 52 4B 45 41 65 79 21 32 == 57 6F 41 68 5F 41 5F 4B 65 79 21 3F  

which  in ASCII is: “WoAh_A_Key!?”

Now that we have the key we can let python do it’s magic:

And you’ll get the image and the flag:


[CSAW 2016] mfw Writeup



Hey, I made my first website today. It’s pretty cool and web7.9.


Entering the site, the first thing that comes to mind is a LFI attack. The site is including a page which is requested in the URL.

The following table describes the possible respond pages:

URL Result
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=home The “home” page is shown.
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=about The “about” page is shown.
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=contact The “contact” page is shown.
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=Megabeets Just a message saying: “That file doesn’t exist!”
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=flag An empty page is shown inside the website.
http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/?page=../../../../etc/passwd Just a message saying: “Detected hacking attempt!”

Looking at the source code i saw the following comment:

Ok, I need to get the “flag” page but any LFI technique I tried didn’t work. I thought about something else, In the “about” page the creator of the site mentioned that it was built using git. So let’s see if I am able to download the repository. The page http://web.chal.csaw.io:8000/.git/config exists so I downloaded the repository using DVCS-RIPPER.

You can find index.php here.

So the page is using assert() which is vulnerable to Command Injection attack. After a little trial and error I came up with the answer:

And received the flag:

If you try entering the url in a browser, look in the source of the page (CTRL+U), the flag is commented.

[CSAW 2016] PWN: Warmup Writeup



So you want to be a pwn-er huh? Well let’s throw you an easy one 😉
nc pwn.chal.csaw.io 8000


Let’s connect to the server and play with it a little bit:

The program says “WOW:” followed by a memory address. This address is probably the address of the function we need to execute. Let’s open IDA to view the code:

This is a classic BOF (Buffer Overflow) case. The main method uses the gets() function to receive the given input and returns it. gets() is storing 64 characters (40h). Because there is no validation of the given string we need to supply an input that will exploit the program and make it jump to the wanted address: 0x40060d.

A short python script will do the job:

And we got the flag: FLAG{LET_US_BEGIN_CSAW_2016}

[CSAW 2016] Clams Don’t Dance Writeup



Find the clam and open it to find the pearl.

We are given with a file. I ran file command on it to figure it’s file type:

Ok, we have raw image file which will probably contain file/s with the flag. I’ll show 2 methods, choose your preferred one.

Method 1: Autopsy

Open Autopsy (my favorite forensics software, it’s free and heartily recommended) and choose the “Create New Case” on the Welcome window. You can also create a new case from the “File” menu.


Fill the requested details and press “Finish”. Now add input data source to the case. Click “Case” > “Add Data Source…” or on the “Add Data Source” button (  autopsy_add_data_source ) on the main window and choose our file, out.img.

I cannot teach you about all the features of this great software so I’ll just show the path to the flag. If you’re not familiar with Autopsy I recommend you again to start working with it.

In the right panel you can find plenty of features, I will use only the directory viewer. Clicking on the data source (out.img) will show the files in the main directory of the image.



Do you see it? As it says in the description, we found the clam(.pptx)! The X on it’s icon means that this file was deleted from the  operation system (but not from the disk). Double clicking it and you’ll see bunch of image files, one of them, called image0.gif, is looking like a MaxiCode. Is it?


Scan it either online or offline to reveal the flag. I was scanning it with this site.


Method 2: Foremost

This is less elegant way to solve the challenge. Run foremost on the file:

You’ll get a folder named output with zip file, movie file and pptx file. Extract the pptx file using 7-zip (PPTX is an archive file), go to the /ppt/media folder and you’ll find the MaxiCode image mentioned before.

[CSAW 2016] Regexpire Writeup



I thought I found a perfect match but she ended up being my regEx girlfriend.

nc misc.chal.csaw.io 8001

It wasn’t so hard, I asked google for the best way to generate matched string to a given pattern and wrote the following script. The only headache was when my generator used newlines (“\n”) so I removed them.

And after 1000 tests we got the flag: flag{^regularly_express_yourself$}

[CSAW 2016] Coinslot Writeup



#Hope #Change #Obama2008

nc misc.chal.csaw.io 8000

Let’s connect to the server and see what will happen:

So, the server is displaying a wanted amount of money and we need to calculate the number of bills and coins given the amount. All we need is writing a simple python script and a coffee break because it will take about 10 minutes for the flag to come up 🙁


The flag is: flag{started-from-the-bottom-now-my-whole-team-fucking-here}

[CSAW 2016] Kill Writeup



Is kill can fix? Sign the autopsy file?

This challenge was the first in the Forensics category and was very very simple. We are given with what seems like a corrupted pcapng file, I wasn’t able to open it in Wireshark nor Tcpdump. I ran strings on it with a hope to find the flag:

And to my great surprise I got it, the flag was written plain-text in the file.