– Colin Powell
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Hi, I’m glad you’re back. This post continues to part 2 of a journey to OSCP. In this post, we’ll explore everything technical, and I’ll give you some study tips too!
root@acc3ssp0int:~# nano take-notes
Documenting what you’ve learnt, and what you will learn is a crucial step, it will not only help you in your OSCP journey but also help you track your progress, and revisit stuff you’re looking for; easily and quickly.
Document your studies, practice work, etc. as you go and do it in a way you’re comfortable (MS Word, OneNote, EverNote, or Old-School — pen & paper :D)
**PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN NOTES & DOCUMENTS I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH**
root@acc3ssp0int:~# service pre_oscp_labs start
This section will cover stuff you should prepare prior to enrolling for your lab time. It will help you to go over basic to intermediate methods of enumeration, exploitation, and more.
This is one topic in essence that requires a little time for preparation It is also a little close to my heart and below is a collection of links that I referred / studied it from
Computerphile on YouTube covers this amazingly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S0aBV-Waeo
To get down in the dirt you must first understand how memory works, and a little bit of assembly language to understand the instructions being passed There is no one better than Vivek Ramchandran to explain this. You can find the assembly language & buffer overflow attacks below:
Buffer Overflow Attacks: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFS09dmzTiewOGPzeN7JntZVs1dnTu_JL
This Course on Pentesters Acadamy also covers it beautifully: https://www.pentesteracademy.com/course?id=13
Justin also covers this topic in-depth, find it here: https://github.com/justinsteven/dostackbufferoverflowgood
Some Vulnerable Softwares to Practice Buffer Overlows:
- Minishare 1.4.1
- Blaze DVD Professional
- FreeFloat FTP
- War FTPd
Note: Protection based buffer overflows are not required as such.
root@acc3ssp0int:~# service practice start
Once you’re confident with your preparation, it is time to enroll for your labs. Again, if you don’t have the time, do not enroll. If you are working, and are able to dedicate time during the weekdays, 2 months should be sufficient, otherwise 3 months works in all cases.
Some OSCP Like Vulnhub VMS to get a taste of what to expect, it has been covered deeply by abatchy
root@acc3ssp0int:~# service oscp_labs start
What you learn from here completely depends on what you do in your labs
This is a section in which, everyone who has done OSCP will have different viewpoints, approach, and so on.
My suggestion would be that you follow a simple enumeration > identification > exploitation methodology.
**Do not rush to run exploits. ENUMERATION IS THE KEY**
Below is a collection of a few blogs, scripts and other stuff that not only helped me in my OSCP preparation but also serve as reference today.
A Short Collection of Resources
root@acc3ssp0int:~# cat /etc/motd
**Schedule your exam 1 month in advance from when you plan to attempt, this will ensure you get it in a good time slot**
root@acc3ssp0int:~# cat /home/OSCPguide/*
This concludes the second part of the guide. Hit me up if you have any queries, or would like to talk further on preparation. All the Best!!
You can read part 1 here
You can read part 3 here