Christmas Challenge 2017 - Write-up

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🔗CTF

  • Name : Christmas Challenge 2017
  • Website : shellterlabs.com
  • Type : Online
  • Format : Jeopardy

🔗500 - Can't Read - Coding

Read the flag!

We have a text file containing several lines of number tuples.

For example, here are the two first lines of the file:

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(242, 246, 255) (240, 245, 255) (250, 255, 255) (251, 255, 253) (245, 247, 242) (246, 248, 245) (254, 251, 255) (250, 246, 255) (254, 246, 255) (254, 247, 255) (255, 250, 244) (255, 252, 240) (255, 252, 241) (255, 252, 247) (255, 249, 255) (255, 251, 255) (255, 254, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 255, 255) (255, 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That's cleary some RGB pixels, so let's write a Ruby script using the chuncky_png gem to write an image.

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require 'chunky_png'

# Creating an image from scratch, save as an interlaced PNG
png = ChunkyPNG::Image.new(424, 307, ChunkyPNG::Color::TRANSPARENT)

File.open('image.txt', 'r') do |file|
file.each_with_index do |line, x|
# parse each pixel
pixels = line.scan(/\(([0-9]{1,3}), ([0-9]{1,3}), ([0-9]{1,3})\)/)
pixels.each_with_index do |pixel, y|
#puts "x: #{x}, y: #{y}"
#puts "r: #{pixel[0]}, g: #{pixel[1]}, b: #{pixel[2]}"
png[y,x] = ChunkyPNG::Color.rgb(pixel[0].to_i, pixel[1].to_i, pixel[2].to_i)
end
end
end

png.save('filename.png', :interlace => true)

Display the image and get the flag: shellter{im4g34rr4y}.

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