fs0ciety is yet another low-hanging fruit among the HackTheBox challenges. It’s great for beginners who want to test their process for cracking password-protected zip files and recognition of various encodings.
For that, we will use
fcrackzip – simply for the reason that it has been around for ages and ships with Kali by default. I have sourced my wordlist from here. Let’s fire up the program:
Unzipping the file with the password
unzip -P justdoit fsociety.zip; We find an interesting file containing credentials:
The equals sign at the end is a classic indicator for base64 encoding, so we attempt to decode the text that way:
.. which leaves us with something that looks like binary-encoded ASCII characters. Decoding that online gives us the flag: