There's really no need to put people down. Just because it can be done by some doesn't mean it can be done by all.
Ayup, just cuz you gotta do the 39 Steps one by one, they don't have to be a batch about it
Further to that, just because it can be done on mobile doesn't mean it's easy to do on mobile.
Humanist was relatively easy to do on mobile, for instance. This... wasn't (and I certainly wouldn't want to try the final steps on mobile, not for all the tea in China).
Just trust what your doing until it becomes clear. Thanks for the hints!
I have the will! I am so looking forward to finding out what to do, and finally getting to doing anything but scratching my head and googling everything I see 🤓
But seriously, really no hints yet and we are on page 5? I have come to the NJFF (no thanks to any hint of how to get there), and can for the life of me not find out how to get to a place with upper and lower case letters, to next stage WTNj. I have seen hints to what to do when I get to Y3c, I had already tried grids and splitting and sorting and strings with the original string so my mind have gone all over the place. Two persons mentioned coding, python and perl, but ( I can't code) and I want to do this on paper - the fun way!
Haha page 6 apparently now! I'm stuck at the same point as you 😔
I wonder how much fun this would be to do on paper. Yes, theoretically it can be done. Practically: don't think so.
But it can be done online. It can be done with 1 recipe in CyberChef (the link given before) from start to finish. I was curious enough after solving it to see if I could do it in 1 go. So I guess that also means it can be done on a phone, in a reasonable way.
on a serious note, does this challenge truly require 39 steps to decode?!
No. But some steps, depending on how you do it take multiple actions
Well, the first steps are hinted with "n2esab" in the description. To get to NJFF, you put the original code through b*** 16 in some direction, the next few steps are similar, but with different n in 2^n.
TBH, I did b***16 almost manually, as it is basically hex numbers, but the for next step used a library.
cyberchef is absolutely wild. thanks for letting me know about it
This may actually be an inadvertent hint, but remember how I mentioned earlier in the thread that n2esab was a valid suffix for a shortened URL, and that said shortened URL led to an Amazon listing for what is apparently a discontinued set of Japanese dinnerware?
You won't get WTNj directly from successfully converting NJFF, but it is close at hand once you get from NJFF to jJTWF; you just need to reflect on things.
You may also need to double up on things before trying to convert them, at least until you get to Y3c.
I don't want to say any more here, but if you need more... explicit... assistance, I do have Telegram (@AnEngineerInIchor).
The last steps are truly evil! Then again, there is a certain logic to it. First, things get longer, and then they get shorter.
@cluepon My CyberChef recipe has 13 steps, but the last 2 are just for readability. It was fun to solve it that way 😄
How was yours? If you're curious, the link to my recipe is here: https://bit.ly/2tYDYqi (bin password is the case-sensitive code for the Omniscient challenge 🕵️)
Folks, make sure you actually do your damn script correctly and don't spend 4 hours with a missing step.
Thanks, obviously I had it due to knowing the password, but it helped for future understanding of how to break and do sections, etc...
Cyber Chef is amazing. I hope to never have to use it again 😅
It was a total of nine steps from start to finish for me.
Step 1, 3 and 5 all use one particular method.
Step 6, 8 and 9 also use a particular method (but not the same method as above).
On the "downward" part of this one, if letters are coming out, you are absolutely on the right track and should keep doing the thing you're doing
Y’all are some kind of geniuses. *tosses another crumpled up paper aside*
I have to say, this was my favourite clue of them all.
I haven't even made it to the NJFF stage yet...aha...
Done! Thanks for the hints everyone. CyberChef was particularly helpful.
I wouldn't mind using it again, just not like this.
I did it in 11 :) But initially 13 or 14, I learned from your recipe. https://cryptobin.co/e5m10165 same pass
Thanks for all the help, I knew nothing about anything related to this type of code/decoding and I was able to get it all figured out based on the clues here.
I have no idea what this CyberChef thing is but it makes me hungry.
however.. this is fun, here is my solution: https://cryptobin.co/y1i887k2 (obvious pwd)
runs in any GNU(ish) shell with perl installed.
It's possible in 8 steps.
Done! Ty for all the hints...could not have done it without them.