Operating System

In the lab, we run Linux (Ubuntu for those that are interested) on a student server that is "safely" coupled off the Internet so that you can experiment with your tools.


One lab box is remotely accessible for you through course.iseclab.org via ssh. WAIT! Don't ssh yet! Read on!

The server is NOT running on the default ssh port. It is running on port 10001. If you want to ssh per hand under Linux, you have to do ssh course.iseclab.org -p 10001. If you are using a Windows ssh client such as Putty, then you have to enter course.iseclab.org as host name and 10001 as port number.

The local name of this server is bandit.inetsec.edu.

You can put the following entries either into your /etc/ssh/ssh_config or ~/.ssh/config file so that you don't have to enter the port each time you connect (Windows users can save a session with Putty):

Host bandit
   Hostname course.iseclab.org
   Port 10001
   HostKeyAlias bandit

If you have edited your ssh_config file, then ssh bandit should do it.

Changing Your Password

It is good practice to change your password once you get your account. We might try to crack your password so do change it.

Reading your e-mail on the servers

You will submit your challenge solutions using e-mail on the lab machines. Submission from any other server will not work. You will also receive automated feedback from our submission system (e.g., information about your submission, grading, success/failure, etc.) to your lab account. In order for you to be able to read your mails, we have installed alpine and mutt on the SoftVulnSec server. Feel free to use anything you prefer (e.g., the UNIX mail command for the experts/geeks should also do it :-)).

Last Modified: Thu Sep 16 21:52:12 2021 EDT