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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to play Challenges

Challenges are bite-sized applications for different pentesting techniques. These come in three main difficulties, specifically Easy , Medium and Hard , as per the coloring of their entries on the list. However, the actual difficulty is rated by the users that have completed the Challenge and these range from Piece of cake to Brainfuck . The purpose...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to Hack The Box

Welcome to our community! Hack The Box is an online platform which allows its users to test, train and enhance their penetration testing skills as well as to exchange ideas and methodologies with other members of similar interests.  Hack The Box platform provides a wealth of challenges - in the form of virtual machines - simulating real world securi...

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Updated May 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to play Challenges (for HTB Classic)

Challenges are bite-sized applications of different pentesting techniques. These come in three main difficulties, specifically Easy , Medium and Hard , as per the colouring of their entries on the list. However, the actual difficulty is rated by the users that have completed the challenge and these range from Piece of cake to Brainfuck . The purpose...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to VPN access

Over at Hack The Box , we use OpenVPN connections to create links between you and our labs and machines.  The configuration files needed to auto-configure your OpenVPN client and to initialize the connection to our servers are called .ovpn packs, or tickets for short.  These will place you in the same IP subnet as the vulnerable machines, allowing y...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to Pwnbox (for HTB Classic)

Pwnbox   is a customized, online,  parrot security  linux distribution with many hacking tools pre-installed. You can use it to play in our labs without the need to install a local VM serving the same purpose. VIP users have a limit of 24 hours per month to use their Pwnbox . This limit gets renewed with each month that you renew your VIP subscripti...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to play Machines

Following the release of the new version of the Hack The Box platform, we are putting out guides on how to navigate the new interface.  Whether you’re a new player or a veteran in Hack The Box , this guide will give you some useful tips and guidance on how to play Machines in the new platform design. Navigating to the Machines page From your dashboa...

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Updated August 27th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Are Professional Labs a good fit for beginners?

Although Professional Labs require a certain experience in red teaming or penetration testing, our Dante and Offshore Labs provide an excellent opportunity for beginners and junior members to take part in more realistic environments, learn new skillsets and advance their careers.  The learning curve has a nice progression, and there are many techniq...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Starting Point (for HTB Classic)

Starting Point  is our newest box collection aimed at preparing new user in the penetration testing career path to tackle the most common up-to-date configuration issues an auditor might find during a security assessment. It’s split into two halves , one available to all users where the other is restricted to VIP members only. These would be the blu...

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Updated August 1st, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to I set my badge on my Forum signature?

In order to use your badge containing your username, rank and points on the Forums signature, you'll first need to get your badge icon. In order to do this, visit your Dashboard , then click on your profile picture on the top right and click on the Visit My Profile link. While on your profile page, click on the Get Badge button below your Rank Progr...

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Updated August 27th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Is there a headcount requirement when getting a Pro Lab?

At minimum, Professional Labs provide 10 user seats . Practically, there is no maximum number of users, as we typically setup multiple training lab instances for a company or organization in order to ensure frictionless operation and seamless experience....

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Updated October 30th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to Forums

The Forums is where members of the Hack The Box community gather to discuss current and past challenges, machines, labs and events within the community. If you're stuck on a certain challenge or machine, you can visit the dedicated thread for it and search for hints from other players. Creating an account In order to access the forums, you need to b...

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Updated June 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to play Machines (for HTB Classic)

The Active machines are a rotating queue of 20 machines that offer you points for completing them. The difficulty of these machines can vary between Easy , Medium , Hard and Insane .  These pre-set difficulties can be different from the way other users have rated those machines after completing them. Keep an eye out for both the rating and the pre-s...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Setting up your account

Once you register for Hack The Box , you will need to review some information on your account. The Dashboard contains a few useful tabs that will allow you to navigate through your account settings. These will include general information settings, 2-Factor-Authentication setup, subscription management, badge progression and more. General Settings, S...

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Updated October 15th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to Battlegrounds

Ever wondered how the future of our gamified paradigm towards learning information security will look like? Ever had a competitive itch to play against a rival team of players, engaging in a fierce battle over defending and attacking vulnerable virtual machines? Ever wanted to test your skills , compare them against the best of the industry and targ...

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Updated August 12th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How can I submit a machine? (platform redesign)

We encourage experienced users to submit their machines to Hack The Box , where they will be reviewed by our content delivery team and if deemed appropriate, posted on the Hack The Box machine line-up for everyone to enjoy! In order to make a machine submission, navigate to the Machines page and click on the Submit Machine button. If, however, there...

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Updated August 12th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

How to play Pro Labs

Hack The Box offers members that have gained enough experience in the penetration testing field a number of life-like scenarios called Pro Labs . These consist of enclosed corporate networks of Machines using different operating systems, different security configurations, different vulnerabilities and exploitation paths, while simulating a real corp...

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Updated August 28th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Dante Pro Lab summary

Dante is a modern, yet Beginner-Friendly   Pro Lab that provides the opportunity to learn common penetration testing methodologies, and gain familiarity with tools included in the Parrot OS Linux distribution. Dante LLC have enlisted your services to audit their network. The company has not undergone a comprehensive penetration test in the past, and...

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Updated October 29th, 2020 by 0ne - nine9

Introduction to Pwnbox

Pwnbox  is a customized, online,  parrot security  linux distribution with many hacking tools pre-installed. You can use it to play in our labs without the need to install a local VM serving the same purpose. VIP users have a limit of 24 hours per month to use their Pwnbox . This limit gets renewed with each month that you renew your VIP subscriptio...

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