# PlaidCTF 2011 - Fun with Numb3rs (100 marks)

Post date: Oct 25, 2011 2:12:42 PM

(From Darkfloyd and AlanH0)

At the beginning, I put it in IDA Pro, and found out there is a if-then case for displaying the message. However, for better understanI simply reverse the .exe file with .NET reflector (http://reflector.red-gate.com/download.aspx?TreatAsUpdate=1) and find out that there is a condition of balancing two formula, it could display two different message boxes. We simply write a simply python to bruteforce those variables. The source code is shown as below:

def formula1(a,b,c):

return ((a + (c*b) - c) + (a*a) * c) - b

def formula2(x,y,z):

return ((z * (34*y + 2*x)) + 7488)

#(a + (c*b) - c) + (a*a) * c) == (z * (34y + 2x)) + 7488) && (x > 77))

for a in range(0,256):

for b in range(0,256):

for c in range(0,256):

v1 = formula1(a,b,c)

v2 = formula2(a,b,c)

if (v1 == v2):

print str(a) + " " + str(b) + " " + str(c)

Finally, we have got the values of variables (89,233,144) and, we exchange the value position and got the key. 