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OverTheWire: Bandit Level 4 → Level 5

OverTheWire - Bandit

Level Goal

The password for the next level is stored in the only human-readable file in the inhere directory.
Tip: if your terminal is messed up, try the “reset” command.

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 File Command - javatpoint

Linux File Globbing - javatpoint

Solution

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

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bandit4@bandit:~$ ls  
inhere

Move into the inhere/ directory. This can be done using the cd command

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bandit4@bandit:~$ cd inhere/

View files that are in the directory using the ls command

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bandit4@bandit:~/inhere$ ls  
-file00  -file01  -file02  -file03  -file04  -file05  -file06  -file07  
-file08  -file09

We know we have to find a file whose content is in Human Readable format. This check can be performed using the file command. File command returns the type of data that is found in the file

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bandit4@bandit:~/inhere$ file ./*  
./-file00: data  
./-file01: data  
./-file02: data  
./-file03: data  
./-file04: data  
./-file05: data  
./-file06: data  
./-file07: ASCII text  
./-file08: data  
./-file09: data

Note: The * here means to look for all files in the directory. For more information on globbing refer to the attached reference resources

View the content of -file07 using the cat command

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bandit4@bandit:~/inhere$ cat ./-file07  
koReBOKuIDDepwhWk7jZC0RTdopnAYKh

We have found the password for the next level !!

Logout of the current session and use the password of user bandit5 to access the next level

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> ssh bandit5@bandit.labs.overthewire.org -p 2220  
This is a OverTheWire game server. More information on http://www.overthewire.org/wargames

bandit5@bandit.labs.overthewire.org's password: koReBOKuIDDepwhWk7jZC0RTdopnAYKh
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