Background: What is It’s essentially a bunch of virtual machines you connect to for learning and exercising your mind. It starts off simple with basic operation familiarization and ramps up from to full blown exploitation and cryptography in the higher levels.  Buckle up, this is gonna be a fun ride.

Bandit Level 0


Connect to the overthewire game server using SSH

Intel Given:

  • Hostname:
  • Port: 2220
  • Login: bandit0
  • Password: bandit0

How to:

This will vary from OS to OS.  To use the SSH protocol on Windows you’ll need some sort of SSH application (client or server) since SSH is not native to Windows.  However, when using Linux or MacOS this can be accomplished through the terminal.

  • Windows: Download Putty for Windows and follow the many tutorials that can be found online on how to connect to an SSH service.
  • *nix: from terminal type ‘ssh

With this knowledge, we can login using the above commands (depending on your OS) and grab the password needed to log into the next level.


Some caveats, users may receive a few prompts regarding RSA keys, or a warning that someone may be eavesdropping on them. I encourage users to research further on that topic, for now don’t be worried.


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