Try Hack Me part 4: Alfred

To the bat cave and fetch me some tea!

Welcome back everyone! Today we are posting a walkthrough of the ALFRED room on TryHackThis!

This is a fun room; it’s got real world technology deployed and the paths are exactly what you might find IRL! Attacking commonly deployed enterprise products is something that I really enjoy seeing on a learning platform and CTF as I think this equips people for realistic scenarios both from an offensive and defensive perspective! Right, so let’s hop to it! “Alfred I need a laptop and some tea!” Read more “Try Hack Me part 4: Alfred”


Basic Package Management in Kali Linux

Apt this Apt that!

One thing that I found quite hard to deal with when I started using Linux coming from a Windows background was the package manager. I thought I would run through some basics here to give people a kick start on their journey!

In the Linux world the operating systems have repositories that are maintained, think of this like the windows update catalogue (but it includes way more). Here we have all the OS files (packages) and application (packages). Read more “Basic Package Management in Kali Linux”


Deploying Headless Kali 2020.1 then changing your mind!

Where did I leave my head?

You have deployed a system with console only mode, but you decide you want a desktop experience with pretty windows and all!

How did we get here? Well during install you get the option to select your desktop environment. By default on 2020.1 Xfce is selected, but if you highlight Xfce and press space (or in the gui if you untick) you will be left with an install that’s headless! Great for SSH access, not so good if you want to run burp suite etc. Read more “Deploying Headless Kali 2020.1 then changing your mind!”


Kali 2020.1 Update

Moar Dragon!

2020 has only just started in action and already we have an update to Kali! The new build, 2020.1 brings in another big round of changes which include things like changing the username and password cobo and cool stuff like NOT running as root by default for all those who love a KALI daily driver! 😛

This post is aimed at beginners, if you’re an experienced user you probably have already installed by now, so go secure stuff by sending all the pews. For the rest of you, let’s get the ISO downloaded and get cracking (maybe literally!)

We’ve also made a video to accompany this post (the video is a gui encrypted LVM install): Watch it here!

Downloading Kali

You can get Kali through HTTP or using torrents from the following link: Read more “Kali 2020.1 Update”

Company News

Get your dark knight on to create a brighter…

Capturing all the flags

For BSIDES Leeds 2020 we’ve pulled out the stops and created a new CTF game which features both offensive and defensive challenges. The arena includes a number of servers, so you will need to get your pivot on if you are going to breach the crown jewels!

We’ve teamed up with Sky Betting Group to create a CTF which includes both old and new technologies for BSIDES. It features traditional CTF puzzles alongside a PwnDefend norm, an arena network featuring Windows targets!

The games start in line with BSIDES Leeds, at 0900 on the 24th January 2020 the following url will light up with flags across the virtual globe on the Facebook ctf platform.

The challenges are designed for a range of skill levels and all are welcome, if you can use a web browser and know what the magic F12 button does you are in with a chance of getting a flag or two!

I’ll also be presenting with my good friend Mathew Haines on the rookie track at 1400 where we are going to talk about CTF’s and how people can get started (they aren’t just for those who prefer a hoodie!)

I want to give a big thanks to everyone who has helped! From the team at BSIDES Leeds (and the man Large Cardinal himself) through to Sky Betting Group’s Glenn Pegden for hosting the games platform and making some awesome games through to community members, Ben Bidmead (pry0c) from Navisec and Daniel Ward (
@ghostinthecable) who made a community vm challenge!

I create PwnDefend games and content to benefit the community and to help people and organisation better defend themselves so it’s great not only to have community support but also to be able to give back, it’s even better to be able to team up with the team from SBG to bring this to the community!

See you on the cyber battlefields!

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