My second attempt at the OSCP begins tomorrow. Yesterday I finished revising my PWK lab report, and today I've decided to have some fun in the HackTheBox labs. In part, as always, I hope to learn something new. But mostly, I just want to hack for the joy of it. During my PWK lab time, I felt like I had to focus the beam of my attention on my PWK studies.
Goodness, how time flies! As of this post, I've got two days left in the PWK labs, and I've rooted 37 systems in the network. I feel significantly more prepared than I was two months ago, when I first took the OSCP exam. I've learned so much cool stuff, and I look forward to opportunities to use my skills in the wild (legally, of course). One of the key elements of the OSCP exam (as well as the PWK lab) is the pentest report.
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.
What a busy week it's been! Until yesterday the course has largely been a review of concepts I already understood (though the review definitely helped), with a few new nuggets of wisdom thrown in for good measure. The only gripe I have so far is that the videos are older than the PDF, and the PDF is a little outdated compared to the course, and certain changes in the lab and the Kali VM weren't reflected in the course material, which caused a bit of a headache as I tried to piece everything together.
The day has finally come! I've received my materials and lab access credentials. I've been added to the exclusive Super Secret Student Forum. It's time to get hacking! While I cannot share any specific details about the PWK course or lab, I will do my best to write about the interesting topics I encounter as I progress through the course. I'm sure there will be plenty I can write about without spoiling anything.