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So close yet so far away… Can you help John to get out of the maze?

Note: You can use Gobuster

Author - Umair


The root page of the site has nothing of interest.

The description suggests the use of Gobuster:

gobuster dir -u http://maze.noobarmy.org/ -w common.txt --timeout 60000s

The large timeout was required because the server was unstable, and this setting allows gobuster to wait more time before failing if the page was unreachable.

Gobuster found the projects folder in the site:

projects page

The source of the page gives a hint of where to look:

projects page source

So, accessing http://maze.noobarmy.org/projects/justsomerandomfoldername/image-0.png shows a QR Code. Scanning it gives the message “Hello”.

The projects page hinted that his favorite number was 27. So by going to http://maze.noobarmy.org/projects/justsomerandomfoldername/image-27.png gives a QR code with the message “13”. Going to http://maze.noobarmy.org/projects/justsomerandomfoldername/image-13.png, there is a QR Code that translates to the message “not”.

When I saw this I thought I made a mistake and this was not the correct path. After some time stuck, I downloaded some of the QR code images. All of them were just normal images, except for the image-13.png, where strings image-13.png gives the following:

<?xpacket begin='
' id='W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d'?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x='adobe:ns:meta/' x:xmptk='Image::ExifTool 12.04'>
<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf='http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#'>
 <rdf:Description rdf:about=''
<?xpacket end='r'?>

Looks like there is something hidden in the file. More specifically, aWh5YXBiYXtqQCRfN3UxJF8zaTNhX0BfajNvX3B1QHl5M2F0Mz99 is a base64 encoded strings, which translates to ihyapba{j@$_7u1$_3i3a_@_j3o_pu@yy3at3?}.

We know that the flags start with vulncon, so by comparing it with ihyapba, it is possible to see that it is a rot 13 cipher. Rotating the entire string we finally have the flag: