The last level seemed a little too easy. However, since level 12 I think they might all start feeling on the easy side. That leads us nicely to Bandit Level 14. Quickly though. If you haven’t had a chance to read my OverTheWire Bandit Write Up – Level 13 write up, give it a quick read then head back over here. Now we can continue on.

Level 14

Having a look on the OverTheWire website about bandit level 14. I don’t get a whole lot of information. From what I can ascertain, I need to submit the password from the last level to `localhost` on port 30000.

Let’s Start Hacking Then

As with all these levels I need to start with a fresh terminal. Once it’s up and running I run the following command to initiate the connection.

ssh -p 2220

When prompted I enter the password I gained from the last level and I’m ready to play.

I take a look around in the home directory, just to check if anythings been left for me. I run the ls command, but there’s nothing else here.

My first thought was to try and use ssh to connect on port 30000 but I know that if the SSH server is running on port 2220 and 30000 I would just be presented with the a shell and not a password. So that’s no good.

Secondly I thought “what if I use the nc command?”. I know from looking at the man page I can send a password to that and it should reply to me. So let’s give it a try. I run the following command to open a TCP connection.

nc localhost 30000

Once it initialised I pasted in the password from the previous level.


And was presented with the word Correct! …and Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am! I have the password now for level 15.

Level 14 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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