• Name: Simon says
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Points: 40
  • Category: Misc




This guy named Simon gave me a bunch of tasks to complete and not a lot of time. He wants to run a unique zoo but needs the names for his animals. Can you help me?

nc 31402


when we connect to the server using nc we receive a prompt: Combine the first 3 letters of {animal name} with the last 3 letters of {animal name}

However, we are need to provide the correct answer within 5 seconds and repeat this more than 10 times. Manually doing this task is not feasible, but this can be easily automated with a python script

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import socket

s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
s.connect(('', 31402))

while True:
    response = s.recv(1024).decode().strip()

    if response.startswith("actf{"):
        print(f"Received flag: {response}")

    words = response.split()
    if len(words) < 7:
        print(f"Invalid response: {response}")
    answer = f"{words[6][:3]}{words[-1][-3:]}"
    print(f"Request: {response}")
    print(f"Response: {answer}")

    s.sendall(answer.encode() + b"\n")


I attempted to run the script on my local machine, but didn’t recieved any flag. However, when I used Google Shell, it worked without any issues. I think this could be latency issue.



Flag: actf{simon_says_you_win}