[WARGAME NDH 2016] Write-Up – Guessing: So Basic

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Write-up of the challenge “Guessing – So Basic” of Nuit du Hack 2016 Wargame

The weekend of 02-03 july 2016 is the WARGAME of the Nuit du Hack 2016 as a Jeopardy CTF. Having had the opportunity and the time to participate with some colleagues and friends, here’s a write-up resolution of the challenges which we could participate.

  • Category: Guessing
  • Name: So Basic
  • Description : Mister Julien Ducul has a dog named Rex, his dog is 5 years old and so he wanna make a fancy website in order to mahe this birthday special. Unfortunately, he is not able to remember the credentials he has configured on the website.
  • URL :
  • Points : 50

tl;dr : Login : jducul – Password rex2011 (the dog is 5 years old)

For this challenge, a simple attempt to access “” asked a login and password. According to the title of the challenge, we concluded that authentication is a “Basic Authentication”, generated via a simple “.htaccess” and “.htpasswd” for example.

The category of the challenge, type “guessing” also informs that its resolution will go through various tests and judicious assumptions.

Let’s analyze the statement:

  • The creator of the protected website is called “Julien Ducul”. And the login is certainly first name, last name, or a combination of both.
  • This gentleman has a dog “Rex”. It is not uncommon that people put the name of their pet as a password.
  • Other information of interest: the dog is 5 years old! Thus, he was born in 2011 :)!

Just do some tests with logins / password potential …

Series of logins:



Series of passwords:


And the right combinaison :

  • Login : jducul
  • Password : rex2011

From there, a “flag.txt” file is available, containing the flag.

guessing basic authN

guessing basic authN

Flag : ndh2k16_68a3fhosqahxdxc

Thank you to all the team of the NDH2K16 for this event and for the whole organization!

Greeting to nj8, St0rn, Emiya, Mido, downgrade, Ryuk@n and rikelm, ? // Gr3etZ

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Consultant en sécurité informatique et s’exerçant dans ce domaine depuis le début des années 2000 en autodidacte par passion, plaisir et perspectives, il maintient le portail ASafety pour présenter des articles, des projets personnels, des recherches et développements, ainsi que des « advisory » de vulnérabilités décelées notamment au cours de pentest.