HKCERT CTF 2022 Postmortem (III): The Remaining Challenges
HKCERT CTF 2022 Postmortem (II): Harder Crypto Challenges
HKCERT CTF 2022 Postmortem (I): Easier Crypto Challenges
This is the third year Black Bauhinia co-organized HKCERT CTF. This time I wrote nine challenges: Seven crypto, one reverse and one misc.
Similar to the last year, I have a series of three blog posts walking through the challenges that I wrote. We will discuss the four easier crypto challenges: Flawed ElGamal, Catch-22, Rogue Secret Assistant and Base64 encryption.
H4CK1NG G00GL3 - Ep 005 Ch 002: Project Zero Adventure
Bleichenbacher strikes back again (and again).
HACKING GOOGLE is a documentary of Google’s cybersecurity teams and H4CK1NG G00GL3 is it’s CTF counterpart. Project Zero Adventure is a cryptography challenge I wrote.
In the game, the players control the Security Princess to dodge the obstacles and catch the bugs (a variant of Google Chrome’s dinosaur game). After that, the server will sign messages consisting of the players' name and the score via the
/sign API. The players will then submit it to the
/highscore API. If the score submitted to the highscore API is negative, they will be given the flag.
However, there is one catch: The server is only willing to sign the results with non-negative scores.
BalsnCTF 2022 Writeup
vss is an interesting crypto challenge in BalsnCTF, which ended up having 9 solves. I took around 2.5 hours to solve the challenge. This challenge reminds me the yet another PRNG challenge from pbctf 2021, but with a setting which looked harder. I was pretty surprised that LLL worked, too.
lfsr is another crypto challenge in BalsnCTF with 6 solves. In the challenge, the output bits are computed nonlinearly from the LFSR states. Given that I knew almost nothing about LFSR, I just came up with the attack by myself… Well, I am not quite a paper guy and I couldn’t read.