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Sep 7 2009   1:03PM GMT

Hacking Skills Challenge Level 1

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

The other day, I proposed you test out your ethical hacking skills over at HackThisSite. If you didn’t see that post, take a look now: How Are Your Hacking Skills? As promised, I’m publishing my comments and approach to the solution.

Level 1, dubbed “The Idiot Test,” requires that you enter the correct password into a password field in order to continue to the next level. The name itself seemed a giveaway to me, so I started with the obvious, a blank password, and simply clicked the submit button. No joy. Next, I tried ten of the most popular weak passwords in use (take your pick as to which “Top Ten” list you prefer):


None of these worked; it appeared as if the test was going beyond the idiot level. If it’s that simple, it should be obvious, so I took another look at the screen and noticed another subtle clue: “If you have no idea what to do, you must learn HTML.” Hmm. Maybe the page source has a clue. I opened the page source and searched for “password.” Bingo! I found this in the code:

<!-- the first few levels are extremely easy: password is 1e79cde6 –>

Did you figure it out? Hit the comments and let me know.

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  • Txitninja
    Stuck on level 5! To be honest, I don't even know how I figured out level 4...just hacked at it...=)
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  • Arian Eigen Heald
    Well, Txitninja, stay tuned. The answer to level 5 will be coming up within the next few posts. Level 4 was a bit of work when I first tried it, too, but these skills build on each other and you're soon beginning to think like a hacker would...The Geek
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  • bilalhack
    I figured it out because no one is so stupid enough to make any of them there password because someone could easily hack into there Wi-Fi or password.
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