Exploring OverTheWire: Level 7 to Level 8 - Bandit Challenge

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Introduction

As we advance through the Bandit Challenge, Level 8 ↗️ presents us with a new puzzle. Our task is to find a password hidden within a file called “data.txt” using the keyword “millionth”.

Challenge Overview

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Level 8 challenges us to search for a password within the “data.txt” file, located next to the word “millionth.” We need to identify the line containing the keyword and extract the adjacent password.

By using commands such as grep, sort, and uniq we’ll search for the specific word, manipulate the output, and successfully obtain the password.

Approach and Strategy

Follow these steps to successfully solve Level 8:

Terminal window
ssh [email protected] -p 2220

Enter the password you obtained from the previous level.

To search for the password next to the word “millionth” in the “data.txt” file, use the grep command:

Terminal window
grep millionth data.txt

The grep command will display the line containing the keyword. Make a note of the line.

To extract the password from the line, use cut command to manipulate the output as needed. For example:

Terminal window
grep millionth data.txt | cut -f 2

This command extracts the second field (password) from the line.

The password for Level 8 will be displayed in the output. Take note of it for the next level.

Notes:

  • The grep ↗️ command is powerful for searching for specific patterns within files.
  • Combine grep with other commands like cut ↗️ to manipulate the output as needed.
  • Make sure to use appropriate flags and options with commands to achieve the desired results.

Conclusion

Congratulations on successfully completing Level 8 of the Bandit Challenge! By searching for the password next to the keyword “millionth” within the “data.txt” file, we have obtained the necessary password to progress further.

Stay tuned for the next blog post, where we’ll tackle Level 9 and face new challenges in our quest to become proficient cybersecurity practitioners.

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