OverTheWire: Bandit Level 24 → Level 25

The Bandit wargames are aimed at absolute beginners. It will teach the basics needed to be able to play other wargames.

Level Goal

A daemon is listening on port 30002 and will give you the password for bandit25 if given the password for bandit24 and a secret numeric 4-digit pincode. There is no way to retrieve the pincode except by going through all of the 10000 combinations, called brute-forcing.

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From the question, we understand that there is a service running on port 30002 and that it’s using a 4-digit PIN for authentication. If we can authenticate ourselves and submit to the service the password for bandit24 we will be given the password for bandit25.

Since we don’t know the PIN the only way to find the right PIN is by brute force. Brute forcing is nothing but trying out all possible combinations for a field until the correct combination is found.

Let’s connect to the daemon using Netcat and see what result is returned.

Access Target Service via Netcat

We see that we are required to submit the password for bandit24 and PIN for authentication on the same line separated by a space.

Now we know the format that the data has to be submitted to the service let’s write a simple brute forcer using loops that tried all numbers lying between 0000 and 9999 both inclusive (All the 4-digit numbers that possibly lie in this range). Let’s look at a code snippet for “for loop”.

Bash For Loop

In the above code snippet, we are iterating through a series of numbers starting at 1 and ending at 10. In each iteration, we are printing the value of the variable “i” using the “echo” statement. The {n1..n2} syntax is used to create a series of numbers that start from n1 and end at n2.

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By modifying the above snippet we can achieve what we require. We need to change the value of the start and end value for the sequence of numbers, instead of 1 to 10 we have to use 0000 to 9999. The value returned by echo should be changed to the “password of bandit24” followed by the value of the variable “i” separated by a space as that’s the format the input is expected by the daemon. Finally, we can send the result of our brute forcer to Netcat using the pipe | operator. Netcat will try all the combinations and return to us the password for the next level when the right value for the PIN is found.

The final code for brute-forcing the password from the daemon would look as follows. Let’s run it and see if we get the password.

for i in {0000..9999}; 
	echo "UoMYTrfrBFHyQXmg6gzctqAwOmw1IohZ $i"; 
done | nc localhost 30002

Bandit 25 Password

Are some unsuccessful attempts we have found the password for the next level.

Logout of the current session and log in as bandit25

ssh -p 2220

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