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.
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.
For this walkthrough, I decided to target FriendZone. This particular machine took me three days to complete, and I was cursing its creator the entire time. What’s worse? They retired the machine while I was sleeping, the night before I beat the machine, so I got no points for the accomplishment. Fake internet points aren’t as important as real-world experience. But it would have been nice to get the points.
My PWK lab access has ended, but I haven’t stopped preparing for the upcoming OSCP examination. I’ve been practicing on the HTB labs to sharpen my skills, and working on writing buffer overflow exploits so that I’m more comfortable with the process. I hope to write more tutorials once I’ve finished my OSCP journey, but for now I’m focusing primarily on studying. That doesn’t mean I’m going to leave you all high and dry, though.
Happy July 4 to everyone in the United States. Today is the last day of my PWK course. It’s been intense, and in the practice labs I did better than I expected, but not as well as I’d hoped. Considering the fact that 99% of my “training” has been self-study—poring through books, websites, “text-philez”, PDFs, online courses, and (occasionally) videos on YouTube—I think I did fairly well. I’m no longer a Novice, not quite Adept, but well along my way as an Apprentice.