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V8 Design Docs

V8, the JavaScript engine, is largely undocumented. An important source to understand V8 are design documents. To the best of my knowledge, there is no index of all design docs. I made an attempt to create at least a partial index, i.e. all design docs I know of. It is not limited to design docs in the strict sense; more like “Google Doc with details about V8 development”. This is the current state of it.

Python Jail Escape CSAW Finals 2023

Python jail escapes have evolved into their own CTF category over the past years. I recently gave a talk and wrote a blog post for my CTF team, where I give an introduction to the topic and show some classical examples. CSAW CTF finals I played with team polyflag, overall the CTF was pretty mid with a lot of guessing and an unacceptable required VPN setup, where we had to install some random VPN client on our machines (with sudo curl .

Debugging the Technical Interview

This is the second part of my adoption of …ing the technical interview. A blog series by Aphyr about writing programs in funny, non-standard ways. Again this is a writeup of a CTF challenge I created. Specifically, the dive in the lake challenge of LakeCTF, organized by the CTF of EPFL polygl0ts. Since, the last technical interview in Java was apparently not enough to get me hired as a performance engineer, I need to go to the binary level.

Handling the Technical Interview

I really like the blog series …ing the technical interview from Aphyr. Besides the humor, I enjoy seeing Turing completeness in parts of systems that many people use but that were not designed to write entire programs in. Jeg snakker lite norsk and I can’t write anything as funny as the original. But I write CTF challenges from time to time. CTF reverse engineering challenges are the perfect place for implementing such weird things and getting the joy of many people trying to figure it out.

BH-MEA Profile GOT overwrite

This is a writeup of an easy/medium pwn challenge called “Profile” featuring a type confusion, some GOT overwriting, and a funny but unnecessary one gadget exploit for the fun of it. We are given the following files: main.c profile (binary) Dockerfile docker-compose.yml Let’s look at main.c and see if we can spot a vulnerability from the provided source code. #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <string.h> #include <time.h> struct person_t { int id; int age; char *name; }; void get_value(const char *msg, void *pval) { printf("%s", msg); if (scanf("%ld%*c", (long*)pval) !

CSR23 simple-asm Shellcode Challenge

Solution to the Cyber Security Rumble Finals challenge simple-asm. The challenge is strait forward. It defines an custom set of instructions, that get translated to x64 instructions directly and are then executed at a fixed offset, in a no-PIE binary. The translation lacks checks, such that the instructions do more than they should at first sight, when using specific higher register. This is the provides challenge source code, also running on the remote instance:

ImaginaryCTF rrng

Imaginary CTF is not your classical weekend CTF. Instead, they have been publishing fun challenges almost every day since April 2021 – pretty impressive. I’ve been solving some of their challenges here and there. This one, from last month, is especially fun. Also I wanted to try a jupyter notebook style write-up. Let me know if this helps comprehension or maybe is too much mixing of code and text. The challenge states:

One Pixel Adversarial Attack - RCTF catspy

This post is about turning a photo of a cat into a photo of a goldfish by changing only one pixel, at least according to resnet50. With Organizers we participated in RCTF during the close race at the end 2022 to be #1 on CTFtime. This literally meant to participate in every high rated CTF and solving every challenge, including the miscy of the misc. The challenge catspy appeared at around 2am in the misc category and the description states:


b01lers CTF resnet Model Inversion

With KITCTF we participated in the bo01lers CTF and finished 6th. There were some quite fun challenges. Including the resnet challenge, which is a machine learning challenge. I hope to see more machine learning challenges in the future. Challenge description: A naive AI startup released a new visual password system based on State-of-the-Art Neural Network technology. Wanting to save on costs they reuse the popular Resnet model to create embeddings which input password images are checked against hoping to leverage the feature extraction capabilities of Resnet.

Insomnihack Teaser 2022: Herald

Read more writeups at Challenge description: Our lab administrator has just passed out from a strange virus. Please help us find the password to his messaging app so we can identify what he was working on and save his life. We are given an apk (Android Package) starting it, it asks for username and password to enter. It does not require any network connection, so it is a classical CrackMe.