HKCERT CTF 2021 Postmortem (IV): The Remaining Ones

HKCERT CTF 2021 Postmortem (IV): The Remaining Ones
We will cover the remaining challenges I wrote in this part: Flag Checker™, The Wilderness and Potion of Ciphermath.
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ångstromCTF 2021: Cache Money

ångstromCTF 2021: Cache Money

I played ångstromCTF 2021 for @blackb6a to spend my Easter holiday. I solved most of the reverse and cryptography challenges alone. In particular, Cache Money is one of the harder crypto challenges that I spent more than one day dealing with. It is very rewarding, and eventually four teams ended up solving it.

This challenge reimplements the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) on 128, 192 and 256-bit keys. The encryptor is equipped with caches and we are given a service to encrypt (or decrypt) our messages. In short, there are four oracles provided by the service ($k_0$ is the fixed secret key and $b \in \{128, 192, 256\}$).

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