May 21, 2021

I guess I might be a little lost about CTF games

So I recently have gotten started on hacker101 CTF games and the whole educational puzzle game aspect is really fun and cool, but I am feeling a little lost to, I guess, the philosophy of it or the scope of it maybe? I’m not sure how to best clarify what I mean, but I feel like I’m not sure why the flags I’ve found are where they are, or what I’m actually supposed to be looking for, like for example the Micro-CMS v1 flags would appear as soon as I used a certain exploit, but I felt confuse after finding it, like if I didn’t know I was supposed to test injections, how would I have known that the objective was to do injection attacks? It kind of felt like the aim of the game was really vague. Like it would make sense if I was told “hack into the backend and look for a flag in the directories” or “escalate your privileges” instead of “here’s a mock website, do whatever you feel like I guess”

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