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We were presented with a simple site. It was the admin control panel for the oppressive South Park PD. It allowed the cruel police of South Park to select a citizen, and one of three horrible actions. To teach them a lesson, we were to extract the flag from /etc/passwd.

Submitting the form submitted three parameters:

We were given the sources, but I didn’t look too hard at them. Chucking rubbish into the variables, we’re very quickly able to get a python stack trace. With some more tinkering, we can find that whatever is included in “human” is passed to “actions” as an argument. The output of actions has to be a string, or the program fails.

The query I used to get the flag was:


I never figured out what choice did, but changing it from a null byte seemed to break things, so I just left it.

The response:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:07:58 GMT
Content-Length: 1485
Content-Type: text/html
Server: TwistedWeb/12.1.0

# $FreeBSD: src/etc/master.passwd,v 2012/11/17 08:36:10 svnexp Exp $
root:*:0:0:Charlie & flag -> d9301a72ee12eabb2b913398a3fab50b:/root:/bin/csh
toor:*:0:0:Bourne-again Superuser:/root:
daemon:*:1:1:Owner of many system processes:/root:/usr/sbin/nologin
operator:*:2:5:System &:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
bin:*:3:7:Binaries Commands and Source:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
tty:*:4:65533:Tty Sandbox:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
kmem:*:5:65533:KMem Sandbox:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
games:*:7:13:Games pseudo-user:/usr/games:/usr/sbin/nologin
news:*:8:8:News Subsystem:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
man:*:9:9:Mister Man Pages:/usr/share/man:/usr/sbin/nologin
sshd:*:22:22:Secure Shell Daemon:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
smmsp:*:25:25:Sendmail Submission User:/var/spool/clientmqueue:/usr/sbin/nologin
mailnull:*:26:26:Sendmail Default User:/var/spool/mqueue:/usr/sbin/nologin
bind:*:53:53:Bind Sandbox:/:/usr/sbin/nologin
proxy:*:62:62:Packet Filter pseudo-user:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin
_pflogd:*:64:64:pflogd privsep user:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
_dhcp:*:65:65:dhcp programs:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
uucp:*:66:66:UUCP pseudo-user:/var/spool/uucppublic:/usr/local/libexec/uucp/uucico
pop:*:68:6:Post Office Owner:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin
www:*:80:80:World Wide Web Owner:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin
hast:*:845:845:HAST unprivileged user:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
nobody:*:65534:65534:Unprivileged user:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin
phdays:*:1001:1001:User &:/home/phdays:/bin/sh