Here is the solution to Puzzle #7: Ann’s Dark Tangent (DEFCON 2010). There are many ways to arrive at the solution. Here is our method; there are other tools you can use to reach the same answer.
You received a CD containing, among other things, a packet capture: evidence-defcon2010.pcap
Check the MD5 sum:
$ md5sum evidence-defcon2010.pcap
If you examine the packet capture, you will see that it contains WEP-encrypted wireless traffic.
Crack the WEP key. You can do this using aircrack-ng in less than one second:
$ aircrack-ng evidence-defcon2010.pcap
Read 426642 packets.
# BSSID ESSID Encryption
1 00:1C:10:B3:CC:F0 w00t WEP (98923 IVs)
Choosing first network as target.
Once you have the WEP key, use it to decrypt the traffic:
$ airdecap-ng -w 4A:7D:B5:08:CD evidence-defcon2010.pcap
Total number of packets read 426642
Total number of WEP data packets 187650
Total number of WPA data packets 0
Number of plaintext data packets 0
Number of decrypted WEP packets 187650
Number of corrupted WEP packets 0
Number of decrypted WPA packets 0
If you run strings on the packet capture (or view it in Wireshark), you will see IMAP and SMTP traffic, including an email with an attachment. This attachment is the key to the entire puzzle.
I know you've been watching me. You should be able to figure out the =
location of our rendezvous point from my traffic. Contact me first with =
the name of the city where we will meet, and you win :-) I'll send you =
more details after that.=20
ps. See the attachment for a clue.
Carve out the email attachment. You can do this manually, or use the smtpdump tool by Franck GuÃ©nichot from Contest #2.
The email attachment is a GIF image, shown below:
There were five lines in the image, which read (from top to bottom):
App Store - App Name
YouTube Video Title
Google Earth City Name
AIM Buddy Name
If you go through the packet capture, you will find that Ann used her iPad to:
- Download the iPad app called â€œSolitaireâ€
- Download and watch an Onion podcast called â€œOnion Radio News for Kidsâ€
- View a YouTube video called â€œCry for Help â€“ Rick Astleyâ€
- Search on Google Earth for â€œHacker Valley, West Virginiaâ€
- IM her buddy, â€œinter0pt1câ€
Line all the answers up, as shown in the GIF image, and read down the first column:
- Onion Radio News for Kids
- Cry for Help
- Hacker Valley
The answer is “SOCHI”, a resort town in Russia where the winter Olympics will be held.
Thanks to everyone who played!