Project Ares Mission - Intercept Attack Plans - Operation Desert Whale

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Missions are scenarios designed to help train and assess skill levels of learners within a realistic story that is either offensive or defensive (i.e. ransomware attack on a hospital). The network environment is more complex than a Battle Room scenario and requires the learner(s) to combine multiple skill sets to complete the learning objectives. They are played individually, or in teams to learn together. Facilitators can also choose to enable or disable hints and enter the scenario to tailor the learning experience.

Players enter an environment and are given mission orders, rules of engagement and must use their skills to compete objectives.

Mission Activity (Red Team - Offensive)

Hostile actor has deployed their new stealth fighter in the middle east. Intelligence estimates suggest that this deployment is a prelude to an imminent strike against our assets in the region. Before we take retaliatory measures, we need to verify the hostile actors Squadron;s mission objectives. Their hardened cyber infrastructure makes it unlikely that an existing exploit will work. Intelligence reports suggests that there are known vulnerabilities in the base network and there are areas that can be exploited to gain access through buffer overflow type attacks.
  • Load Time Easy: - 5 min
  • Medium: - 5 min
  • Time Limit - 8 hrs
  • # of Tasks - 4
  • Hints - Yes
  • Save Session - Yes
  • Team Based - Yes

Learners should be familiar with shell code injection, non-executable (NX) stack or address-space layout randomization (ASLR) and Stack Return Oriented Programming (ROP)


The learner will use a low privilege account located on the hostile actors; base commanders' workstation, escalate privileges to root by building a buffer overflow exploit and attain access to his mission objectives file. If the hostile actor detects your presence, they;ll likely disconnect and air gap their system, so this is the one chance we;ve got.


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