Often times on the /r/howtohack subreddit you’ll find a post that’s similar to “I want to be a hacker, how do I start?”. My problem with a question like this is its so open ended. Its not precise enough, its not focused. One of the most popular “How to be a hacker” posts defines the term as “most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits”. Most people who have this innate problem solving personality would have already scoured the internet but the sheer level of information out there today is mind boggling. Where do you even start?
That’s what I did, I searched until my eyes bled, Googling my way through trash tutorial after another and marveling in how much information there was. For me, the problem was there was too much of it and I had no idea where to begin. I bounced from project to project which gave me no real results. I found my way through formal education and job experience and I hope to relay some of that structure here with the Roadmap.
Recap of Last Lesson: Went over finding files by their extension types and very briefly went over I/O operators.
Find the password to the next level
- The password for the next level is stored somewhere on the server
- Has the following properties: – owned by user bandit7 – owned by group bandit6 – 33 bytes in size
Recap of Last Lesson: We logged into the overthewire Bandit 2 after reading the file “readme” located in the /home/bandit1 directory.
Objective: Find the password to the next level
- Password is in a file named ‘spaces in this filename‘
- file is located in the home directory