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Flare-on 1 - Challenge 1 - Bob Doge

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This is a post in a series where I complete every Flare-on challenge. The landing page for all of these posts can be found here

In the very first challenge you are presented with a windows executable and when you run it you are presented with a Bob Ross painting a nice scene.

But, when you click DECODE! You get a Bob Doge with an weird text string.

Digging a little deeper to see what type of file we have we find we hace a .NET executable.

$ file Challenge1.exe                                                   
Challenge1.exe: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386 Mono/.Net assembly, for MS Windows

I next loaded the file up in dnSpy and after navigating from the entry point into Form1. I found the following code block.

The function β€œbtnDecode_Click()” looks very interesting, when stepping into it I find what looks to be a decoding algorithm that pulls its content from the Resources. I set a few breakpoints on the code just after the loops.

After running to the breakpoint after the first loop the flag is in clear text in the β€œtext” variable. The next few loops re-encode the flag to return an obscured output shown in the UI.

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Ben Mason
Computer Security – Reverse Engineering – Malware – Electronics Hobbyist – Sometimes Photographer – Spaceflight – Cat Enthusiast