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  1. Microcorruption: Bangalore

    Thu 13 July 2023

    The Scenario

    I got to relax and celebrate escaping Putin's clutches once again while on my way to India, but once I touched down in India it was time for business. I found myself staring down revision e.01 of the Lockitall LockIT Pro, equipped with a LockIT Pro HSM-2 …

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  2. Microcorruption: Vladivostok

    Wed 12 July 2023

    The Scenario

    On the plane from Algeria, I thought I'd have to do some Mission Impossible secret squirrel shit to reenter Russia after my last visit but it was surprisingly uneventful; I suppose Putin had more important matters to focus on. Nevertheless, after preparing myself I confronted my next opponent …

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  3. runZero Coin Challenge

    Sat 01 July 2023

    I had this challenge in my browser tabs for months while I kept deluding myself about starting it; since it wrapped up at the end of June I forced myself to sit down and knock it out. I finished a lot faster than I expected; since I'm always lacking for …

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  4. Microcorruption: Algiers

    Wed 17 May 2023

    The Scenario

    My adventures in Algeria begin the same as everywhere else I've gone so far - staring down a Lockitall LockIT Pro, revision d.01 this time with support for the brand-spanking-new LockIT Pro Account Manager. This lock doesn't have an attached HSM so with any luck the exploit will …

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  5. Microcorruption: Novosibirsk

    Wed 17 May 2023

    The Scenario

    Touching down in Russia, I am greeted by the Lockitall LockIT Pro revision c.02 whose manual states "[w]e have added features from b.03 to the new hardware." So another Ethiopian-style format string attack is in the cards. The HSM-2 connected to the lock could potentially …

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  6. Microcorruption: Addis Ababa

    Wed 17 May 2023

    The Scenario

    The bonds in Addis Ababa are secured by a Lockitall LockIT Pro revision b.03, a surprisingly old software revision which claims "[w]e have verified passwords can not be too long." The lock is connected to a LockIT Pro HSM-1, but that hasn't stopped me the other …

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  7. Microcorruption: Jakarta

    Wed 10 May 2023

    The Scenario

    Arriving in Jakarta, I find my next opponent is Lockitall LockIT Pro revision b.06, whose manual claims "We have added further mechanisms to verify that passwords which are too long will be rejected". Second time's the charm, and all that. Or maybe eighth? I dunno, I just …

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  8. Microcorruption: Santa Cruz

    Wed 10 May 2023

    The Scenario

    Having touched down in Johannesburg, I am greeted by revision b.04 of the Lockitall LockIT Pro; coupled with an HSM-1 module, the manual states this version of the firmware "rejects passwords which are too long". Somehow I don't have high hopes for their efforts - but that's not …

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  9. Microcorruption: Johannesburg

    Wed 10 May 2023

    The Scenario

    Having touched down in Johannesburg, I am greeted by revision b.04 of the Lockitall LockIT Pro; coupled with an HSM-1 module, the manual states this version of the firmware "rejects passwords which are too long". Somehow I don't have high hopes for their efforts - but that's not …

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