Like how we usually get started with any levels, the very first thing to do is always to run an ls command to find out what are the files that we have access to. In this case, wow, we are looking at 80 files.
Level goal: The password for the next level is stored in a file somewhere under the inhere directory and has all of the following properties: – human-readable – 1033 bytes in size – not executable
Well, 80 files are way too many for manual checking, just imagine yourself running cat on every single file, that is not only crazy, but also not practical – what if there are 8000 files instead of 80 files?
We need to narrow down the scope using the hints given to us, for instance, a file that is human-readable and 1033 bytes in size.
The find command is extremely handy in such situation, you can make use of the size and readable parameters as below,
bandit5@melinda:~/inhere$ find . -readable -size 1033c ./maybehere07/.file2 bandit5@melinda:~/inhere$ cat ./maybehere07/.file2 DXjZPULLxYr17uwoI01bNLQbtFemEgo7
The password to gain access to the next level is DXjZPULLxYr17uwoI01bNLQbtFemEgo7