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dc2019q - ASRybaB crypto hinted reversing

by anton00b

This was a jeopardy challenge, part of dc2019q. (CTFtime)

Points: 201
Was solved by: 14 teams

You may spawn the server:

On your laptop
  • Install docker
  • docker pull archiveooo/pub:ASRybaB (docker-saved download)
  • docker run -d --name asrybab archiveooo/pub:ASRybaB
  • Local IP: docker inspect asrybab -f '{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.bridge.IPAddress }}'
  • Connect to that IP:1280 — Remember to docker rm -f when done.
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Just RSA

This challenge requires very minor bruteforcing, which if properly parallelized shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.

That's less than $1 on Amazon (for instance) -- in general, an amount we considered fair.

If it looks like you have to bruteforce for many hours... you're missing some step :)



Hint 1Could you decompile the python code? What's stopping you?
Hint 2Try adding the correct header and using a decompiler like uncompyle6 -- there's some opcode stopping it, can you remove it?
Hint 3All STOP_CODE occurrences are in dead code. Just remove them and decompile.
Hint 4What properties does the key have? Is it close to a known attack?
Hint 5Read up on the Boneh-Durfee attack ( -- it's not immediately applicable but it's close
Hint 6Try rewriting the paper equations' using what you know of the key's factors.
Hint 7It's a different modulus than the plain paper...
Hint 8If you've done things right, "375 computations" will make sense to you.

If you wish, you can contribute more.

There's an author-recommended writeup.


Source code is available at