Rating: 5.0

[Original writeup](https://ohaithe.re/post/624202013681549312/uiuctf-2020-nookstop-20)

This is a *very un-hacking* solution: we basically just guess the flag!

language-javascript


to enable the "secret backend service" (as clued by the Japanese text in the source code of the page). Reloading the page gives a link to [the real challenge](https://nookstop2.chal.uiuc.tf/b9157a97-3a50-42c4-b08a-f19ebcc579fc/abd), which is running Emscripten.


Your routing number is: 0x9a0 2464
Your account number has been successfully transmitted using the latest XOR encryption, and is not shown here for security reasons.
Please stand by while the ABD decrypts it.......

Calling decrypt function....
wkwcwg{c3oo33os[Byte 7F here]
Uh-oh! There's been an error!


One approach would be to dump out [the WebAssembly file](https://nookstop2.chal.uiuc.tf/b9157a97-3a50-42c4-b08a-f19ebcc579fc/index.wasm), as easily found by looking at the page's network requests; then it can be reversed with the help of tools like [wasm](https://github.com/wwwg/wasmdec) or [wabt](https://github.com/WebAssembly/wabt). Unfortunately, Emscripten adds a bunch of external code that is hard to reason about within the context of just the .wasm file, and so these decompilers produce output that is next-to-useless. Let's skip the reversing.

The text above hints that there's some kind of XOR going on, and we have a corrupted key: "wkwcwg{c3oo33os\x7f". This corrupted key looks awfully similar to "uiuctf{", in the start. Let's XOR the two together and see what the difference is.

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>>> os = "wkwcwg{c3oo33os\x7f"
>>> bs = "uiuctf{"
>>> print( [ord(os[i])^ord(bs[i]) for i in range(len(bs))] )
[2, 2, 2, 0, 3, 1, 0]


Aha, so all of the XORs are off by a number from 0 to 3 -- that is, just the bottom two bits are wrong. Let's dump out all the candiate characters in the flag:

language-python
>>> for b in os:
... print( chr(ord(b) ^ 0) + chr(ord(b) ^ 1) + chr(ord(b) ^ 2) + chr(ord(b) ^ 3) )
...
wvut
kjih
wvut
cba
wvut
gfed
{zyx
cba`

Original writeup (https://ohaithe.re/post/624202013681549312/uiuctf-2020-nookstop-20).