Hello Security Guys .
first off , before reading my review or journey please you have to visit offensive-security website to get more information about what’s oscp and oscp guide to get closer look into what i am going to explain .
OSCP is considered as the best security certification for the ones who would like to be , since it requires only practical study to pass . no mercy in point believe me .
the journey started after i had practiced alot on hackthebox , vulnhub , so i have decided to start this experience which is so good to enhance yours skills alot and for sure your resume .
after i have purchased , i have waited about 15 days then Lab is open for me , to be fair i didn’t do all the lab , i have done only some of these boxes ,because i was stuck in time & other tasks .
after 1 month i decided to schedule the exam , my first attempt was on 4 PM it was on Saturday with a very hot weather . my first shot was on debugging machine . actually i was not focused alot due to hot weather so it takes some hours with no result , after about 3 – 4 hours i have solved this one , then started with another box which was about 25 points also , and done in about 2 hours .. the shocking point was that the simple box which worth 10 points takes a lot of time it was tricky one so unit now i have earned about 60 points , no worries there is some time to test the other box so i got a limited shell access in one of them captured the flag , submitted it and here we go it is 70 points , i think it is passed , got a long sleep then start writing my report actually i was shocked that i have forgot to take screen shot of one of these boxes , that’s put a depression on my state . any was i didn’t know that oscp are so strict on these rules .
so after waiting about 2 days , i have received my first fail grade . 🙁
i was shocked , and some how confused , so it is okay, i can make it on second attempt . so i scheduled another attempt on the next days since i was lucky on finding a good suitable one .
the exam started also at 4 : PM , the first box now takes only 40 min to solve , the 10 point box solved in less than 30 min but !!!! i have faced a tricky box which takes about 4 hours . for long one , any way i got 20 point on this one ! at i was the end since i didn’t resolve the others , they were different from my study actually , with hard level ones ,
so the second attempt ended with fail grade 🙁
at this time , i have raised again with full power , started to practice on Vulnhub news machines , watched alot of CTF RSS feed and of course my project secploit helped me alot about getting CTF news , tricks . anyway
my third attempt started on 12 :00 AM , wow avery good time for real hackers . started with debugging machine solved in 35 min only 🙂 then started with the second one it takes about 1 hour , so i decided to take a nap , so i dreamed with good sleep , at 10:00 AM started to solve the third box and of course did it
now i have earned about 65 points , the simplest box which was 10 points only takes as expected 3 hours , hh weird ha ,
since i earned 75 points , then it is clear that i have passed the exam , i tried to solve the last box but actually didn’t get any hint about it , so exam ended with good report sent + proofs
and so i am now an OSCP , what a great journey ,!!!
Now lets talk about hints to pass oscp