Linux Walk through

Hola Folks ! Little Things About this CTF from . Have Free Room covers most important Commands you must be aware of .Before You Click On Deploy You Should Have Basic Understanding Linux. I Will Only Go Through Some Important Command .

SSH (Secure Shell)

ssh UserName@host .

It is used to access machine remotely. We can use PuTTy (Tool for Window , Linux) for ssh login.

ssh shiba1@Machine ip.


Print Command “Echo”

echo -n hello

Here echo Prints The Value “Hello” . But -n will Show output without a new line.

“echo -n hello”

List Command

ls -la

a = all entries . also hidden files started with .

l = long lists Format

Cat Command

cat text.txt

It concatenate files and print on the standard output.

Tocuh Command

touch noot.txt

It will create a new text file. touch is used for creating new files.

Running A Binary

For instance, We have a binary file name .

./hello = Here ./ used for run the binary file in current directory.

~/hello = Here ~(tilde) used for run binary file in user’s home directory.

../hello = Here ../ is used for run binary file to one above from current directory.

SwitchUser (su)

We can switch user to any using command “su”.

e.g. su shiba2 . It will switch user from current to shiba2.

Linux Operators

“>” It is used for to save files. e.g. echo shiba2 > test . Here shiba2 will be saved in file test. Remember if you will keep running the command it will keep replacing text everytimes from that file.

echo shiba2 > test

“>>” works same as “>” do . But “>>” always appends despite of replacing .

“&&” Command allow you to execute a 2nd command after the 1st one.

ls && echo hello

“$” is used to denote environment variables.

“echo $HOME” It will print Path of user directory. e.g. /home/shiba2.

“echo $USER” It will print Username.

“export $USER=1111” It will set user equal to 1111

“|” pipe operator allows you to take the output of a command and use it as input for a second command.

cat test | grep hell

Here , cat to get the output of a file, and pipe that into grep to search for a specific string.

“;” works same as && . But it does not requires to execute first command .

Change mode “chmod”

Used for setting permissions to the users.

1 = Execute

2 = Write

4 = Read

Let’s explain that by setting permissions to them .. For instance

User = Execute , Write , Read (1+2+4)

Group = Read (4)

World = No Permission (0)

So final output will be

chmod 740 filename

Change ownership “chown”

“chown” used for ownership of any. chown is best done with the root(administrator) user.

chown paradox file

“Here we change ownership of file to user named paradox”

Remove Command “rm”

rm can completely destroy your whole Linux system if used carelessly! rm as you might have guessed means remove, and that’s exactly what it does.

rm filename

Move Command “mv”

“mv” command used for to move a file.

mv <file on current-location> <new-location>

e.g. mv file /tmp

Link command “ln”

One of those is what’s known as “hard linking”, which completely duplicates the file, and links the duplicate to the original copy. Meaning What ever is done to the created link, is also done to the original file.

ln source destination

e.g. How would I link /home/test/testfile to /tmp/test

ln /home/test/testfile /tmp/test

Find Command “find”

It allows you to do just as it says, find files.

“find /” will search in every directories in OS .

“find dir -user” to list every file owned by a specific user .

E.G. find / -user paradox. This will find every file on the system belonging to the user “paradox”

Grep Command

It allows you to find data inside the data .

For instance let’s say you know have the file name of test1234, but you don’t know where it is on the system. find can be used to list every file on the OS, and grep can be used to find the actual file.

find /* | grep test1234

  • -n can be included to know the line number.

Adding Users and Groups

In Linux with adduser and addgroup We modify permissions for users and groups. It’s important to note that only root has permissions to add users and groups .

To add a user to a group can be done with the usermod command, the syntax for that is usermod -a -G <groups seperated by commas> <user>.

E.G. How would I add the user test to the group test ?

sudo usermod -a -G test test.

Important Files and Directories

/etc/passwd — Stores user information — Often used to see all the users on a system

/etc/shadow — Has all the passwords of these users

/home — The directory where all your downloads, documents etc are. — The equivalent on Windows is C:\Users\<user>

/root — The root user’s home directory — The equivilent on Windows is C:\Users\Administrator

/usr — Where all your software is installed

/bin and /sbin — Used for system critical files — DO NOT DELETE

/var — The Linux miscellaneous directory, a myriad of processes store data in /var

$PATH — Stores all the binaries you’re able to run — same as $PATH on Windows


To grep any string from files . e.g. password

grep -l -e “password” -f *

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