Bandit Level 12 - Akash Trehan

Bandit Level 12

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Level Goal:

The password for the next level is stored in the file data.txt, which is a hexdump of a file that has been repeatedly compressed. For this level it may be useful to create a directory under /tmp in which you can work using mkdir. For example: mkdir /tmp/myname123. Then copy the datafile using cp, and rename it using mv (read the manpages!)

Commands you may need to solve this level

grep, sort, uniq, strings, base64, tr, tar, gzip, bzip2, xxd, mkdir, cp, mv

Helpful Reading Material

Hex dump on Wikipedia


Since I was not allowed to create file in the home directory, I created a directory at /tmp/. I suggest doing this although its possible to do this with a single well structured command. So here’s what I basically did

bandit12@melinda:~$ mkdir /tmp/break
bandit12@melinda:~$ cp data.txt /tmp/break
bandit12@melinda:~$ cd /tmp/break
bandit12@melinda:/tmp/break$ ls

The following is what I actually did


So the give file was a hexdump. I used xxd -r <filename> to reverse it and sent the output to a file. I kept using file command at each step to know what I’m tackling.
gzip compressed files are extracted using gunzip. But gunzip extracts files only with certain extension, .gz being one of them. So I renamed the file to have that extension.
bzip2 compressed files are extracted using bzip2 -d <filename> where -d flag stands for “decompress”.
For tar archives I used tar xvf <filename>.
After repeatedly extracting and re-extracting, I landed upon a file containing ASCII text. That sure containted the password.

If you have a method to automate this stuff to make it easier, please comment below or email me.

Level 13 password: 8ZjyCRiBWFYkneahHwxCv3wb2a1ORpYL

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Bandit Level 11
Akash Trehan

Akash Trehan


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