I’m starting to notice a pattern with these levels. There’s a file that contains the password, and I need to find it. If you haven’t had a chance to read my write up of the previous level, head over to OverTheWire Bandit Write Up – Level 1 give it a read, then come back and read my bandit level 2 write up here.

Level 2

This level has a similar aspect to the last two. A file in the home directory of the user, most importantly it contains the password. The name of the file is once again unknown, but with just a few commands this shouldn’t be a issue.

Let’s Start Hacking Then

So we need to SSH once again into the server, this time using the bandit level 2 user, and the password I found in the last level. I can get in with the following command

ssh bandit2@bandit.labs.overthewire.org -p 2220

Now I’m in, I can run the old faithful command ls. This gives me a file named spaces in this filename. Okay so I have the filename but if I type the following command.

cat ./spaces in the filename

I’m presented with a couple of error messages. It seems that the terminal is trying to read each word as a separate file, or directory.

cat: spaces: No such file or directory
cat: in: No such file or directory
cat: this: No such file or directory
cat: filename: No such file or directory

So I need to get it to read it as a single file. I do some Googling and come across a blog post on the Hectic Geek blog about Dealing with Spaces in Filenames in Command-line. Now I know I can add a \ before the space and it should read the file correctly. So I run the following command…

cat ./spaces\ in\ this\ filename

…and Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am! I have the password now for level 3.

Level 2 Complete!

I have hidden the password here, if you are playing along don’t peek! Please! It’s more fun getting it yourself.


Justin Byrne

Justin Byrne is a self motivated tech enthusiasts. Spending more than half his life dedicated to the tech industry. He built his first computer at the age of 11, and has been building ever since. His interests have changed across the years from system building to web programming and even a dab of software engineering, and just like his interests, his operating system has changed sometimes more then 4 times a year.


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