As far as OSCP goes, this week has been going pretty amazing. I was able to pop five (5) root shells. After the first two fell, I really started to get into the groove and then an additional two fell quickly. I was able to root five manually but I did also root one with Metasploit. I am starting to explore some of the other tools on Kali, however my favorite is still nmap. The nmap NSEs are very useful as I enumerate more.
One thing that I am noticing, is that within Kali there are lots of obscure precompiled shells that can be used for various applications. In addition to discovering this, I took some time today to precompile many of the major shell formats (php, asp, shell, etc.), and I am saving the syntax to save time as my IP address in the exam is likely going to be different. I have found myself several times recompiling my payloads because I forgot which port I was using…and then at times I had to remember or locate the syntax. This is something I should have done at the beginning but I have no doubt that this will be a time saver in the lab and on the exam.
As I said before, my goal is to have rooted at least 20 systems going into the exam. At this point I have 5.5 complete (~25%) with about 50 days left in the lab. On average that gives me a little more than 3 days per system.
Course Pages: 380 / 380
Lab Shells Popped: 5.5