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Sep 20 2009   5:45PM GMT

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 4

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

So far, we’ve explored the first 3 basic missions at As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they’re still pretty easy. Today, we solve level four:

An email script has been set up, which sends the password to the administrator. Requirements: HTML knowledge, an email address.

This time Sam hardcoded the password into the script. However, the password is long and complex, and Sam is often forgetful. So he wrote a script that would email his password to him automatically in case he forgot.

So, what we have to do is hack the page to get the password sent to an email address of our own choosing. The script is invoked by clicking the “Send Password to Sam” button. Once again, we can view the source to see what clues are there. Paths to two scripts stand out:


Those are both relative paths. We can’t make them absolute and save the source, but we can save the page to the desktop, edit it, then open the local file. This should give us some action. Make sure to change the email address to one you own.

When the page is opened, we see the challenge screen. Click on the “Send Password to Sam” button and voila! A page appears to reveal the password 50c3072c. The script doesn’t actually email the password, so don’t bother checking the email address you entered.

Mission accomplished!

According to some, level 5 is a bit tougher, but I’m sure we have the talent.

What do you think? How could this hack be thwarted? Leave a comment!

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