Exploring OverTheWire: Level 0 to Level 1 - Bandit Challenge

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As we progress in the Bandit Challenge, Level 1 ↗️ presents us with our first file-related task. Our objective is to locate and retrieve the password stored in the "readme" file, which is located in the home directory.

To access Level 1, we will utilize SSH (on port 2220) and log in using the password we discover.

Challenge Overview


We need to locate the "readme" file within the home directory and extract the password contained within.

Once we have the password, we will use SSH to log in to Level 1 and proceed to the next challenge.

Approach and Strategy

To tackle this challenge, we will employ a series of commands to navigate the directory structure, locate the “readme” file, and extract its contents. Follow these steps:

Log in to the game server using SSH which we learned in Level 0

Terminal window
ssh [email protected] -p 2220

Enter the password bandit0 when prompted.

Once logged in, we find ourselves in the home directory. To confirm this, execute the command:

Terminal window
ls -l

This command provides a detailed listing that includes the file permissions and ownership.

In the list, you will see the "readme" file. To view its contents, use the command:

Terminal window
cat readme

The cat command displays the contents of the file on the terminal.

The password for Level 1 will be displayed in the output. Take note of it for the next level.

Lessons Learned

Level 1 familiarized us with essential file manipulation commands such as ls, cat, and cd. We learned how to navigate directories, view file contents, and extract information.

These skills are fundamental for effective file management and analysis in cybersecurity.


  • The ls command is useful for listing files and directories in the current directory.
  • Utilize the ls -l command to view detailed information about files, including permissions and ownership.
  • The cat command allows you to view the contents of a file.
  • Take note of passwords and important information displayed in the output for future use.


Congratulations on completing Level 1 of the Bandit Challenge! We successfully navigated the home directory, located the “readme” file, and extracted the password. By utilizing essential file manipulation commands, we gained valuable skills for future challenges.

Stay tuned for the next blog post, where we will take on Level 2 and encounter new obstacles in our quest for cybersecurity expertise.

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