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    Default Yet Another OSCP Post (study buddy edition 6.0)

    Hi friends. I finally got approval to take the OSCP course for 90 days. I plan on starting in about 2-3 weeks. I work full time currently and have a family, so I plan on spending only about 2-3 hours M-F and 4-6 hours S-Sun. If anyone else plans to go at my pace and is starting soon, let me know. Do you all think that time commitment is realistic to be successful?
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    Welcome to the band ilikeshells, I started on 19-Jul-2015, more or less I'm same like your situation spending 2-3hrs weekdays and upto 6 hrs in weekend. I couldn't comment on if the timing will be enough or realistic as it depends on individuals background on subject etc..........Anyways we can mesg each other, no problem at my end...

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkn0wnsh3ll View Post
    Welcome to the band ilikeshells, I started on 19-Jul-2015, more or less I'm same like your situation spending 2-3hrs weekdays and upto 6 hrs in weekend. I couldn't comment on if the timing will be enough or realistic as it depends on individuals background on subject etc..........Anyways we can mesg each other, no problem at my end...

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    Thanks! I appreciate it.
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    It is very difficult with the time, now that my wife is traveling for a couple of week I've been doing 3 hours and 10 during the weekends, but still I am not making it, I need more time.
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    Should be enough hours...that is basically the plan I am following and it seems to be fine. It is fairly easy to lose track of time when doing some of the stuff, which is a nice change of pace compared to some other certification studying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by impelse View Post
    It is very difficult with the time, now that my wife is traveling for a couple of week I've been doing 3 hours and 10 during the weekends, but still I am not making it, I need more time.
    Yep i think this is really the one and only constrain about this cert; time.
    I could dedicate a lot at it so it's okay i'm moving ahead but im Ian Solo at the moment so it clearly helps.

    Also maybe some folks can do wonders in the labs within an hour, i tend to need 3 just to settle down on getting
    things going and rolling my way to r00t..
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    Random q...do you have your Kali VM net interface as bridged or NAT? Does anyone have a reason to chose one over the other for the purpose of the labs?
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    You don't want to run it in NAT. It needs to be bridged, otherwise you will experience weirdness from scans as well as exploits you try shooting at targets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    You don't want to run it in NAT. It needs to be bridged, otherwise you will experience weirdness from scans as well as exploits you try shooting at targets.
    Thanks! That's what I was thinking. I was just nervous about being in potentially hostile environment with my Kali VM not behind at NAT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeshells View Post
    Thanks! That's what I was thinking. I was just nervous about being in potentially hostile environment with my Kali VM not behind at NAT!
    I'll take this further. You shouldn't have your firewall running. The term, "Hack Naked" came from this... This is why you should make sure your VM's OS is hardened as much as is possible without making your job harder or the risk that an OS update could break something or change the behavior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I'll take this further. You shouldn't have your firewall running. The term, "Hack Naked" came from this... This is why you should make sure your VM's OS is hardened as much as is possible without making your job harder or the risk that an OS update could break something or change the behavior.
    Definitely. But running a VM in VirtualBox in bridged mode should create its own stack on the NIC. Therefore, the "host" OS' firewall should not interfere with my VM or were you referring to a FW in my Kali VM? I plan on just running whatever VM they give me as is and not tweak it unless told to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeshells View Post
    Definitely. But running a VM in VirtualBox in bridged mode should create its own stack on the NIC. Therefore, the "host" OS' firewall should not interfere with my VM or were you referring to a FW in my Kali VM? I plan on just running whatever VM they give me as is and not tweak it unless told to.
    This. I blabbed on too long I was trying to say, "Don't turn on the firewall..."
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    I am starting on the 9th August, would love a study buddy to keep motivated. Where are you based, I am in London.
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    hi Hugbear

    Im in UK, possibly we can connect if possible, ....@ IRC: unkn0wnsh3ll

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    Sounds a plan. I have added you to my friends list I am on #offsec .. hugbear
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    My start is likely 8/22 now. The fam wanted to take a quick vacation, so I am going to start after that. I'll be in #offsec around then. Cheers.
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    I start on the 8th of August. 4 days away! We should definitely bounce ideas off of each other. I've been reading a ton on netcat and python the past few days. Feel free to message me.
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    Sounds a plan. I have added you to my friends list I am on #offsec .. hugbear
    Hi Hugbear,

    Not sure if you were in IRC yesterday.....I have added you on friends list......Catch you soon.

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    Hi Unkn0wn, I was on IRC yesterday briefly. Have never used IRC before so my hope setup was all ok.
    Hi Joseph will PM you later.

    Have you guys got Skype?

    My main study at he moment has been research on how to write up the reports : setting up network diagrams especially for pivoting (hopefully I get a chance to fill something in here) , Template for reports, useful commands etc. Have ben looking at automation of some scripts today. My organising skills is n great and considering how much work this is going to be I thought I get some preparation work done.

    I will be online 00 + 1 GMT on the 9th
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugbear View Post
    Hi Unkn0wn, I was on IRC yesterday briefly. Have never used IRC before so my hope setup was all ok.
    Hi Joseph will PM you later.

    Have you guys got Skype?

    My main study at he moment has been research on how to write up the reports : setting up network diagrams especially for pivoting (hopefully I get a chance to fill something in here) , Template for reports, useful commands etc. Have ben looking at automation of some scripts today. My organising skills is n great and considering how much work this is going to be I thought I get some preparation work done.

    I will be online 00 + 1 GMT on the 9th
    Hi Hugbear

    Tried couple of times to PM on this forum, seems I do not have access yet...I do have skype....

    This is the first time Im using IRC, Used in the past very briefly,

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    Hi Guys,

    I assume everyone is pouring over the videos and pdf. I am and there is so much to learn. Have not even tried to 'hack' the lab machines yet, I can use metasploit but am avoiding it. I would like to customize the scripts instead. I have PMed you guys with my skype address, if you guys are available on the weekends evenings (or 2-6am GMT weekdays ) we can catch up.

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    Hi friends. Official start date is 8.29. I'll connect with y'all around then. Good luck on your studies.
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    I'm getting on the IRC soon, been doing the labs, and am still figuring out Ncat and netcat.
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    The exercises are huge for learning the material. Once you start attacking the machines you will quickly realize that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechGuru80 View Post
    The exercises are huge for learning the material. Once you start attacking the machines you will quickly realize that.
    What has been your methodology to go through the material? Most people seem to suggest reading a section's PDF and then do subsequent videos + exercises before moving on to the next section and only attacking the lab after going through all the base course material. Is this what y'all been doing?
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