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Hack the Box (HtB) Walkthrough: Optimum
Today, we will look at the Hack the Box “Easy” ranked retired box called Optimum. This box is from the list of Hack the Box systems to beat before taking the OSCP as of 2022. This box is pretty fast to solve using Metasploit but can be tricky depending on the path you go down. […]
Hack the Box (HtB) Walkthrough: Nibbles
Nibbles is an “Easy” Hack the Box machine that uses weak passwords, a malicious upload exploit vulnerability, and sudo misconfigurations. This box is from the list of Hack the Box systems to beat before taking the OSCP as of 2022. This box is pretty easy to start but has a troublesome shell that can lead […]
Hack the Box (HtB) Walkthrough: Bashed
Bashed is a retired “Easy” Linux box on Hack the Box. This box is from the list of Hack the Box systems to beat before taking the OSCP as of 2022. It utilizes a few tricks that can be frustrating but resemble real-life misconfigurations. I would say it’s a straightforward box except for one thing… […]
Hack the Box (HtB) Walkthrough: Shocker
This is a walkthrough for solving the Hack the Box machine called Shocker. Shocker is an Easy machine. It is possible to solve without Metasploit or automated vulnerability enumeration tools like LinPEAS or similar tooling. This walkthrough assumes you’ve fully configured your Kali instance for working on Hack the Box. If not, please check out […]
Hack the Box (HtB) Walkthrough: Blue (with bonus Kali initial setup)
Blue is marked as a Windows “Easy”-level machine. This box is from the list of Hack the Box systems to beat prior to taking the OSCP as of 2022. Kali Setup For this walkthrough, the attack box is a fresh Kali installation off of the 2021.4A ISO. This is the first of the walkthroughs I’m […]
Introduction to Image Transforms
Image processing is a fun topic that sets the stage for learning machine vision. Whenever learning the MATLAB image processing toolbench, one way to experiment with manipulation is to morph yourself into a pug. Why? Well, along with being delightful creatures, it allows for a way to explore geometric constraints between different photographs. The end […]
Black Salve Injuries
Something new is hitting the health websites. Black salve, also known as “escharotics,” is a corrosive agent that is sometimes used by individuals in an attempt cure cancer. There is a belief in naturopathy that these chemicals can “draw out” cancer and burn it away. Not only will it kill you if the chemical burn […]
Measuring the Climate Throughout History
Recently I was engaged by a climate change denier using an interesting argument: No one outside of the recent past knew what temperature it was. As a result, we have no idea what temperature it really was in the past. They challenged me to explain how someone could use pre-1900s technology to measure the temperature. Being a […]
Does Fluoridated Water Hurt You?
In the 1940s, the Cold War was just starting. Completely unrelated to that, President Truman’s administration began pushing water fluoridation. Somehow, healthy teeth became a communist plot to instill socialist values in every American from birth. If you’ve ever seen the movie Dr Strangelove, you may be reminded of General Ripper being terrified of having his […]
Enchinacea is a type of daisy that is often touted as being able to prevent or cure the common cold. It is available in supplement form with a handy warning that it is not intended to cure or prevent any disease. You know, the standard disclaimer that products that haven’t been proven to have any […]
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