Hack The Vote 2016 - 250 - Trump likes colors - Steganography

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Description

Somebody leAked TrumP's favorite colors, looks like they used a really esoteric format. Some chiNese hacker named "DanGer Mouse" provided us the leak, getting this crucial info could really sway voters at the polls!

trump_likes_colors.png

author's irc nick: nihliphobe

Note: This challenge was classified as Forensics but is Steganography.

Solution

TL;DR : this is a incomplete solving, we didn't go until the end of this challenge.

The description is talking about DanGer Mouse, search for it, it looks like a website about esoteric languages and algorithms (http://www.dangermouse.net/esoteric/).

Look at the histogram of the image:

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$ convert trump_likes_colors.png histogram:- | identify -format %c -
249552: ( 0, 0, 0) #000000 black
1: ( 0, 0,192) #0000C0 srgb(0,0,192)
102: ( 0, 0,255) #0000FF blue
1: ( 0,192, 0) #00C000 srgb(0,192,0)
1: ( 0,192,192) #00C0C0 srgb(0,192,192)
48: ( 0,255, 0) #00FF00 lime
48: ( 0,255,255) #00FFFF cyan
2: (192, 0, 0) #C00000 srgb(192,0,0)
1: (192, 0,192) #C000C0 srgb(192,0,192)
1: (192,192, 0) #C0C000 srgb(192,192,0)
83: (255, 0, 0) #FF0000 red
103: (255, 0,255) #FF00FF magenta
51: (255,255, 0) #FFFF00 yellow
6: (255,255,255) #FFFFFF white

The colors used seem to be only the ones used in PIET language.

There is a programm implementing PIET: npiet, we used it to run the programm.

N.B.: As we can see in the gallery. Vertical lines are an easy way to store a string, so our image must contain a string with the favorite color of Trump.

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$ npiet trump_likes_colors.png
#ff0000

So the programm gave us the favorite color of Trump: #ff0000 = Red = rgb(255, 0, 0) = hsl(0, 100%, 50%).

The description let us think that was that we were looking for but IRC moderators told us that was not the end.

So I checked the trace of the programm:

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[[email protected]][email protected]––––––––––––––––––[~/CTF/Hack_The_Vote/2016]
$ npiet -t trump_likes_colors.png
trace: step 0 (0,0/r,l nR -> 1,0/r,l dR):
action: push, value 35
trace: stack (1 values): 35
trace: step 1 (1,0/r,l dR -> 2,0/r,l nM):
action: out(char)
#
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 2 (2,0/r,l nM -> 3,0/r,l dM):
action: push, value 102
trace: stack (1 values): 102
trace: step 3 (3,0/r,l dM -> 4,0/r,l nB):
action: out(char)
f
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 4 (4,0/r,l nB -> 5,0/r,l dB):
action: push, value 102
trace: stack (1 values): 102
trace: step 5 (5,0/r,l dB -> 6,0/r,l nC):
action: out(char)
f
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 6 (6,0/r,l nC -> 7,0/r,l dC):
action: push, value 48
trace: stack (1 values): 48
trace: step 7 (7,0/r,l dC -> 8,0/r,l nG):
action: out(char)
0
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 8 (8,0/r,l nG -> 9,0/r,l dG):
action: push, value 48
trace: stack (1 values): 48
trace: step 9 (9,0/r,l dG -> 10,0/r,l nY):
action: out(char)
0
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 10 (10,0/r,l nY -> 11,0/r,l dY):
action: push, value 48
trace: stack (1 values): 48
trace: step 11 (11,0/r,l dY -> 12,0/r,l nR):
action: out(char)
0
trace: stack is empty
trace: step 12 (12,0/r,l nR -> 13,0/r,l dR):
action: push, value 48
trace: stack (1 values): 48
trace: step 13 (13,0/r,l dR -> 14,0/r,l nM):
action: out(char)
0
trace: stack is empty
trace: entering white block at 16,0 (like the perl interpreter would)...
trace: step 14 (14,0/r,l nM -> 16,0/r,l WW):
trace: special case: we at a white codel - continuing
trace: entering white block at 16,3 (like the perl interpreter would)...
trace: step 15 (16,0/r,l WW -> 16,3/d,r WW):
trace: special case: we at a white codel - continuing
trace: white cell(s) crossed - continuing with no command at 14,3...
trace: step 16 (16,3/d,r WW -> 14,3/l,l nY):

Seems there is nothing interesting.

I also genererated the image trace:

That only show us that char as pushed one by one, and there is not loop or conditional statements.

So maybe there was something to do with the capital letters in the description?

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