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OverTheWire: Bandit Level 1 → Level 2

OverTheWire - Bandit

Level Goal

The password for the next level is stored in a file called-located in the home directory

Commands you may need to solve this level

ls, cd, cat, file, du, find

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> whatis ls                                                                           
ls (1)          - list directory contents

> whatis cd  
cd  (1)         - change working directory

> whatis cat                                                                                                       
cat (1)         - concatenate files and print on the standard output

> whatis file  
file (1)        - determine file type

> whatis du    
du (1)          - estimate file space usage

> whatis find  
find (1)        - search for files in a directory hierarchy

Note: All commands don’t have to be used to complete level

Helpful Reading Material

Linux - How to open a “-“ dashed filename using terminal? - Stack Overflow

Input Output & Error Redirection in Linux [Beginner’s Guide]

Solution

View the files that are present in the current working directory using the ls command

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bandit1@bandit:~$ ls  
-

We can view the content of the file named - using the cat command

Note: Directly specifying the filename as shown in the previous level is not going to work as - is a special character on Linux that is used to denote Standard Input/ Standard Output (STDIN/ STDOUT). We have to use the concept of redirection or specify the absolute path to the file to access it.

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bandit1@bandit:~$ cat < -  
CV1DtqXWVFXTvM2F0k09SHz0YwRINYA9

bandit1@bandit:~$ cat ./-  
CV1DtqXWVFXTvM2F0k09SHz0YwRINYA9

We have found the password for the next level !!

To access the next level log out of the current session. This can be done by typing exit or using Ctrl + D

Use the password found above of user bandit2 to access the next level

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> ssh bandit2@bandit.labs.overthewire.org -p 2220  
This is a OverTheWire game server. More information on http://www.overthewire.org/wargames

bandit2@bandit.labs.overthewire.org's password: CV1DtqXWVFXTvM2F0k09SHz0YwRINYA9
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