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    Default OSCP - How many months did it take?

    I'm a long time lurker, first time poster.

    I'm curious for those who've passed the Offensive Security OSCP certification, how many months did you spend studying for it?
    I know there's a million variables in terms of a-priori knowledge of hacking, but still curious if there's a rough average that it takes.

    I just finished my CISSP which took me around 13 months. I'm hoping the OSCP won't take that long.....



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    I'm also interested in this. Pleas fellow OSCP's share with us how log did it take.
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    I took the 60 day option and ended up extending for another 15 days. I really didn't due any prep before, but spent about 3 weeks before I took the exam (the first time) going against vulnerable VM's. In between the first and second exam attempt was about two weeks, I spent that time working on buffer overflows.
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    A coworker signed up for 1 month and didn't complete it. He could have completed if he did the 60 day....

    Other than that, he said that you need to understand bash, python, and some assembler would help.
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    If you are new to pentesting, I would get 90 days. I know 15+ people who have taken it, the more lab days you can get, the better.
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    How extensive is the python? I'm fairly versed on bash and have been looking into python but am still running through tutorials.
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    If you can read and understand Python, you should be fine...because you'll need to be able to read an exploit and modify it to fit the system you are going after. Knowing how to write basic python scripts will help automate a lot of recon work, which in turn will save you a bunch of time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuckTheFankees View Post
    Knowing how to write basic python scripts will help automate a lot of recon work, which in turn will save you a bunch of time!
    Thanks for the tip! Going to take a python class before jumping into OSCP.
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    In my opinion, modifying the perl and python scripts are pretty straight forward. Its compiling the exploits written in C that get kinda messy. The question of how long it takes really depends on how much time you have to dedicate. With a lot of other things going on...I'm truckin through it pretty slow. I did the 90 days option and I already know I'm going to have to extend. Fortunately, the lab fees are reasonable (and I work on a miserably low enlisted military salary).
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_hutch View Post
    In my opinion, modifying the perl and python scripts are pretty straight forward. Its compiling the exploits written in C that get kinda messy. The question of how long it takes really depends on how much time you have to dedicate.
    This is true, compiling in C and make it work is the most difficult part for this training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 010101 View Post
    I'm a long time lurker, first time poster.

    I'm curious for those who've passed the Offensive Security OSCP certification, how many months did you spend studying for it?
    I know there's a million variables in terms of a-priori knowledge of hacking, but still curious if there's a rough average that it takes.

    I just finished my CISSP which took me around 13 months. I'm hoping the OSCP won't take that long.....



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    It's a great course and a tough exam. I studied for the CISSP for 3 months, but the OSCP has taken longer. I have been working on it seriously for 6 months. Prior to that I wasn't getting enough time in on the course.
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    This kinda makes me wonder how much time OSCE takes
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    It's a dream of mine to take PWB one day but it's such a major time commitment, one that I can't easily make anymore due to a demanding work schedule. I envy the rest of you who are going through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docrice View Post
    It's a dream of mine to take PWB one day but it's such a major time commitment, one that I can't easily make anymore due to a demanding work schedule. I envy the rest of you who are going through it.
    It took me two to three years to finally take PWB, it is definitely worth it.
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    Just scheduled my exam for June 22nd!!! Two weeks from now
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    Just scheduled my exam for June 22nd!!! Two weeks from now
    Good luck! I am taking it that same day.
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    Good luck to the both of you!
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    Good luck to the both of you!
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    Hey, wait a second...you two are not taking it together, are you?

    Just kidding, good luck to both of you.
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    Best of luck to the both of you - we'll be waiting to hear your non-NDA violating thoughts afterwards!
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    Good luck, have a blast!
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    Haha...to be honest, I'm considering this a trial run-through. While I intend to have my documentation ready (in case I do pass), I really just want to lift the veil over all of the mystery surrounding this test. I want to experience it for myself. Then I'll probably take another month or so to prepare (knowing better what I'm preparing for). Then I'll take it again. Good luck r0ckm4n
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    Thanks, guys! This has been a great course, but I am ready to pass the exam.

    Justin, I think you will do well on the exam.
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    Just popped my first box outside the public servers. Working my way through the IT dept now. Pivoting is seriously a pain in the ass. Everything takes like 10x as long :-/... From what I've heard, no pivoting on the exam, but I guess I'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_hutch View Post
    Haha...to be honest, I'm considering this a trial run-through. While I intend to have my documentation ready (in case I do pass), I really just want to lift the veil over all of the mystery surrounding this test. I want to experience it for myself. Then I'll probably take another month or so to prepare (knowing better what I'm preparing for). Then I'll take it again. Good luck r0ckm4n
    Not a bad idea at all, IMO. I've been thinking of doing that just so that I can see what the exams is like. Also, I'm quite curios to see how well I can do without preparing, with just the skills I have now. The thing is that the plan is to complete my Cisco certs(which is a lot) and get into the OSCP after that.
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