OverTheWire: Bandit Level 2 to Level 3


The password for the next level is stored in a file called spaces in this filename located in the home directory

After you performed a simple ls command to see the files in the directory, you will notice the “spaces in this filename” file. If you directly cat the file, you will have problems.

The trick is to either use backslash before each space, or embed the entire file name as a string. For instance,

  1. Adding backslash before each space
    • bandit2@melinda:~$ cat spaces\ in\ this\ filename
  2. Adding double quote to embed the file name
    • bandit2@melinda:~$ cat “spaces in this filename”

Either way works. 

bandit2@melinda:~$ ls
spaces in this filename
bandit2@melinda:~$ cat "spaces in this filename"
bandit2@melinda:~$ cat spaces\ in\ this\ filename

The password to gain access to level 3 is UmHadQclWmgdLOKQ3YNgjWxGoRMb5luK

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