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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Daemon Challenge 2: How persisent are you?

As described in previously in my blog, this is is the second of three Daemon Challenges.

The first person to complete this challenge will be named the "winner" of this challenge, and will receive a hardback copy of Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Anyone else who completes the challenge successfully, but is not named the "winner" will earn mention here in my blog.

Check back here for the final, most difficult challenge, which will be released on January 20, 2009.

Daemon Challenge 2: How persistent are you?

  1. Run the Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) Linux distribution somewhere.
    You can:
  2. Install ecryptfs-utils
  3. Download:
    • challenge_2.txt - eCryptfs underlying data
      • encrypted using eCryptfs, a passphrase key, the AES cipher, and 16 key bytes
    • wrapped-passphrase - an eCryptfs wrapped passphrase file
      • the mount passphrase inside is 128-bits of random data, symmetrically encrypted using a wrapping passphrase and the standard eCryptfs salt
      • HINT: the wrapping passphrase consists of only alphanumeric characters and you can crack it using a brute-force attack in less than 48 hours
  4. Your goal is to solve the riddle and follow the instructions in the decoded challenge_2.txt file to submit your answer.

Good luck,
:-Dustin

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