MyPin [N00bz CTF 2023]

writeup by: zenbassi

Challenge Description

I made a safe with a pin of only two digits. Author: Heith

First steps

We’re provided with a .jar, so we are are working with Java. My tool of choice for this has been jadx-gui, which decompiles Java bytecode pretty nicely (be careful that it can misinterpret sometimes. Ghidra is an alternative for such cases).

Pulling up the disassembled code, we see two buttons, listeners, and some processing based on single digit (0 or 1) input from the two buttons. Seems safe to run, so we run it with java -jar My-pin.jar. This spawns a window with two buttons, which generate an output on press.


Looking further into the code we notice that the output is generated from at most 9 1s or 0s stringed together. This yields a very small search space. The disassembled code is very accurate, so we can just copy-paste the relevant parts and write a few lines which generate all possible inputs and the corresponding output.

Find below the generator as well as the call one of the disassembled functions which expects the generated input.

public static void main(String[] args) {
    int cnt = 10;
    for (int i = 0; i < ((1 << cnt) - 1); ++i) {
        Main s = new Main();
        for (int j = 0; j < cnt; ++j) {
            int bit = 0;
            if ((i & (1 << j)) != 0) {
                bit = 1;
            s.process((char)('0' + bit));

Searching through the output for n00bz{ gets us the flag.



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