This post documents my attempt to complete BSidesTLV: 2018 CTF (Forensics). If you are uncomfortable with spoilers, please stop reading now.
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The 2018 BSidesTLV CTF competition brought together over 310 teams burning the midnight oil to crack our challenges in a bout that lasted for two weeks. You can now enjoy the same pain and suffering, using this easy-to-use, condensed VM that now hosts all our challenges in an easy to digest format. The CTF has five categories:
- Web (10 challenges)
- Reverse Engineering (3 challenges)
- Misc (3 challenges)
- Forensics (1 challenge)
- Crypto (2 challenges)
What follows is my humble attempt of cracking the challenges in the Forensics category.
This is how the challenge looks like.
There’s no hiccup in unzipping
The hint is strong in this one. CR and Windows? Microsoft uses
CRLF to denote end-of-line.
The creator has peppered the entire file with
CRLFs. If you look at the modified timestamp
\xDF\xE8\x0D\x0A at file offset
0x4, and if you remove the byte
0x0D, the timestamp then becomes
\xDF\xE8\x0A\x5B which is Sun May 27 17:20:31 UTC 2018.
The OS also becomes Unix, which makes more sense for
Now, let’s use
dos2unix to convert
LF in the file.
We can proceed to extraction.
After extraction, a directory
out and file
model.json are present. The
out directory contains 4999 binaries. The file
model.json contains an interesting string “FemtoZip”
Pivoting on “FemtoZip” in Google led me to a GitHub repository. According to the project description,
FemtoZip is a “shared dictionary” compression library optimized for small documents that may not compress well with traditional tools such as gzip
Well-played. “Shared Directory”? Should’ve been “shared dictionary”
Following the instructions to build and decompress, this is what I got.
The flag is