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PicoCTF 2017 – computeAES #infosec #appsec #crypto #ctf

Another day, another challenge.

Today’s blog post will explore solving the “computeAES” challenge in PicoCTF.

Let’s get started.

Clicking on the challenge we see the following:


Clicking on the clue link we see the following:


Going back to the challenge and clicking the hints we see:


Let’s use the hint of using online tools to solve this challenge.

Doing a Google search for “convert base64 to hex” we get the following link.

Going to this link we put in our base64 input to get the hex equivalent.

Doing this for the key and the input we get the following:

Key = 4f9b95cd8b6e04dbfabf08e886c955e3

Input = b75874a9b70e851405e44e3a6ec34b8a67db708e9e82b28fe0b1ed291de54f851d5a386cb0cf11412053ed2ffcadc472

Doing another Google search for “AES calc hex” we get the following link.

Entering the hex value of the key and input we get the following:


We found the flag! Copying the flag and removing the extra space we’ve acquired 50 points!

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PicoCTF 2017 a Brief Introduction

Another day, another challenge…

Today’s blog post will discuss another CTF – PicoCTF.

The target audience for PicoCTF is a computer security game that is aimed at middle school and high school students, but anyone can join and play.

Topics explored are: forensics, cryptography, reverse engineering, web exploitation, binary exploitation, and miscellaneous challenges.

To learn more, go here.

Happy hacking!