On Redis & AES Encryption in the 9447's CTF

During this last weekend, the 9447 CTF took place. One of the misc problems was called NoSQL and had the following description, together with an attachment with three files:

Hey, I don't understand how SQL works, so I made my own NoSQL startup. And OpenSSL is bloody crap.

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The First Stripe CTF

Although I did not have the chance of playing in either of the three Stripe CTFs, I was quite enthralled when I took a look at the problems. I decided to solve them anyway, and I am writing this series of writeups.

This post is about the first Stripe CTF ...

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Exploring D-CTF Quals 2014's Exploits

Last weekend I played some of the DEFCAMP CTF Quals. It was pretty intense. For (my own) organizational purposes, I made a list of all the technologies and vulnerabilities found in this CTF, some based on my team's game, some based on the CTF write-ups git repo.


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On Paillier Ciphersystem, Binary Search and the ASIS CTF 2014


The ASIS CTF happened last weekend. Although I ended up not playing all I wanted, I did spend some time working on a crypto challenge that was worth a lot of points in the game. The challenge was about a sort of a not well-known system, the Paillier cryptosystem.

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CSAW CTF 2014 - Forensics 300: "Fluffy No More"

This is the fourth and the last of the forensics challenge in the CSAW CTF 2014 competition. It was much harder than the three before, but it was also much more interesting.

The challenge starts with the following text:

OH NO WE'VE BEEN HACKED!!!!!! -- said the Eye Heart Fluffy ...

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The Sharif University CTF 2014

It looked like a fun CTF, but I did not have the chance to play for too long. I managed to solve a few problems in the morning and the solutions are below.

Avatar: Steganography

The challenge starts with:

A terrorist has changed his picture in a social network. What ...

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CSAW CTF 2014 - Reverse Engineering 100: "eggshells"

This is the first exploitation problem and it starts with the following text:

I trust people on the Internet all the time, do you?

Written by ColdHeat


Unzipping and Analyzing the Files

Let’s unzip the provided zip file:

$ unzip eggshells-master.zip

This creates a directory called eggshells-master ...

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CSAW CTF 2014 - Networking 100: "Big Data"

This is the only networking problem, and it is only 100 points, so it turned out to be very easy.

The problem starts with the following text:

Something, something, data, something, something, big

Written by HockeyInJune


Inspecting the Wireshark File

The file extension .pcapng correspond to files for ...

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CSAW CTF 2014 - Forensics 200: "Obscurity"

The third forensics challenge starts with the following text:

see or do not see

Written by marc


Hacking PDFs, what fun!

In general, when dealing with reverse-engineering malicious documents, we follow these steps:

 1. We search for malicious embedded code (shell code, JavaScript).

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CSAW CTF 2014 - Forensics 100: "dumpster diving"

This was the first forensic challenge. It starts with the following text:

dumpsters are cool, but cores are cooler

Written by marc


Unziping firefox.mem.zip

The given file has a funny extension .mem.zip. Before we go ahead and unzip it, let's try to learn ...

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