OSCP Second Attempt Debrief

Whew! What a week! I took my second OSCP attempt over the course of 48 hours, from October 17th to 19th. Anyone who recalls my first attempt will remember how stressful and frustrating the experience had been. I believe the word I used was “fiasco.” The second attempt was everything the first attempt failed to be. From start to finish, a smooth experience. Props to Offensive Security for their hard work!
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OSCP First Attempt Debrief

I expected to fail my first OSCP attempt, but I didn’t expect such a fiasco. Before I had even begun the test, I nearly had to forfeit due to technical difficulties. Worse, I was working with an incomplete and unfamiliar environment. After finishing the buffer overflow, I couldn’t make heads or tails of any of the other target systems, thanks to the compounded stress of the entire situation. In short… I was humbled.
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Apocalypse Eve

Today was the last day of preparation prior to taking the OSCP certification exam. Tomorrow I enter the arena, square off against five targets, and see if I’ve got what it takes to take home the prize. The following day will be spent revising my report and ensuring everything is in good order before finally sending it off to be judged. Within 48 hours, I’ll have a pretty good sense of how well I did.
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