Cracked a captcha

Micha just implemented an own Captcha-Plugin for wordpress, I just cracked it some minutes later ;)

This version is deprecated, see Cracked next Captcha…

Micha was annoyed of his previous Captcha-Plugin, neither valid nor beautiful, so he decided to write his own tool for killing bots.

When I saw his new captchas I was wondering wheter he will get further comments. His captchas ask for solution of mathematical problems like \(\sqrt{121} + 95\) or \(228 \div 19\) or \(\frac{136 - 61}{\sin(\pi \div 2)}\).. Who the hell wants to calculate that stuff!? Me not! ;)

So I developed a little userscript that solves this problem. When you take a look to the source code of his website you’ll find something like this:

Lösen Sie bitte die folgende Aufgabe (ggf. <em>x</em> bestimmen) <br />

		<img src=";tex=228%20%5Cdiv%2019" alt="228 \div 19" title="228 \div 19"/>
	<p><input name="captvalue" id="captvalue" value="" size="40" tabindex="4" type="text"/></p>
	<input name="sercret" value="c9679a3b8ab5151bdf143c43091e59a757cb15ce" type="hidden"/>

So you see, there is an image created by an external server, an input field where you can put the solution and an input field of the type hidden with a crypt value (seems like a hash^^). The most of you will see several ways to hack this:

  1. Parse the string of the image like the external server does to create the \(\LaTeX\)-image. So you’ll get an arithmetic problem, easy to solve.
  2. Find out what kind of hash is in the value of the secret hidden input-field and try to find a number that matches that hash, maybe via brute force.
  3. Solve one captcha and fake the rest ;)

Of course the last solution is the easiest one. So I solved on captcha, solution was 7 and the secret key was 9ee4251f80923e6239ae66ab50a357daa6039f04 , hack done!

The development of the userscript was more than simple:

// ==UserScript==
// @name           micha-captcha-hack
// @namespace      binfalse
// @description    solve michas captchas without thinking ;)
// @include*
// ==/UserScript==

var hidden_field = document.getElementsByName ("sercret");
var capt_field = document.getElementsByName ("captvalue");
if (hidden_field && capt_field)
	capt_field[0].value = 7;
	hidden_field[0].value = '9ee4251f80923e6239ae66ab50a357daa6039f04';

I think that this script won’t work for a long time, so there is no download available ;) If you want to use it, copy&paste, you know.

Ähm, before anybody starts to blame me, a similar workaround kills also my captcha-solution… :P

New logo for Iceweasel

Actually iceweasel is searching for a new logo.

When I updated a PC of our work group I recognized that iceweasel, iceape and icedove are searching for new logos. Micha just created one for iceweasel with xfig, here is a similar one with tikz:

\draw (-1,0) circle (1cm);
\draw (-1.2,0.3) circle (0.15cm);
\draw (-0.11,-0.4) -- (1,-1);
\draw (1,-1) -- (3,-1);
\draw (2,-1) -- (2.5,-2);
\draw (2,-1) -- (1.5,-2);
\draw (4,-1) -- (6,-1);
\draw (6,-1) -- (6.5,-2);
\draw (6,-1) -- (5.5,-2);
\draw (6,-1) -- (8,0.5);
\draw (-1.9,-0.4) .. controls +(190:1.8cm) and +(180:1.2cm) .. (-2,0);
\draw (-0.7,0.95) .. controls +(90:0.2cm) and +(60:1.8cm) .. (-1.1, 1);
\draw (-1.5,0.85) .. controls +(60:1.6cm) and +(60:0.2cm) .. (-0.85, 1.4);
\draw (3.5,-3) -- (2.5,1);
\draw (3.5,-3) -- (4.5,1);
\draw (3.5,2.5) circle (1cm);
\filldraw [white, draw=black] (2.8,1.7) circle (1cm);
\filldraw [white, draw=black] (4,1.5) circle (1cm);

If the maintainer understand something about art they will use one of our creations! ;)

Tweet-button for website

Yeah, completely in twitter-fever! Just developed a tweet-button.

You can see the button at the end of every post. The button itself of course isn’t my work, I just copied it from twitter, but when you click the link around it you can tweet the actual post directly to twitter! Feel free to try it! ;)

It’s more than easy. All the code you need is (replace […]):

<a href="[URL_TO_THIS_SITE]&amp;lang=[en|de|..]&amp;via=[NAME_OF_YOUR_TWITTER_ACCOUNT_FOR_@_LINK]&amp;text=[TEXT_FOR_TWITTERMSG]" >
      Tweet it <img src="[TWITTER_IMAGE]"/>

So the code that I wrote in my theme is:

if ( is_singular() )
	$tweet = '<span id="tweetit"><a href="'.$_SERVER["SERVER_NAME"].$_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"].'&amp;lang=en&amp;via=binfalse&amp;text='.the_title('', '', false).'" >
	<span id="tweetittext">Tweet it</span>
	<img src="/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/btn_tweet_mini.png"/>
	$tweet .= "<br />";

After that just using the $tweet variable at any position I like ;)

Here you can find a documentation.

Journey to Usedom

The last two weeks I took a time out. The first week I visited my sister living on Usedom, Rumpel came with me.

Those of you who are following me on Twitter may have noticed the one or other story, it was one of the best trips I made! Very funny and of course much too short ;)

We cycled a lot of km’s, climbed on trees, swum in the Baltic Sea, took sunbathes on the beach, went to Poland and so on. Detailed reports would blow up the framework of this website, but I’ll provide some pictures at Picasa, here is also a YouTube video from Poland.

And I’ve prepared a funny animated gif of an interesting evening ;)

So, if you ever have the chance to go to Usedom: Do it!!

Usedom - Aug 2010
Usedom - Aug 2010

Entering next level: Wordpress 3.0.1

The yellow bar on the top of the administration panel was very annoying, so I just decided to update the Software.

Nothing special happened, please tell me if anything seems to be wrong!

Btw. I installed another plugin that tweets news from this blog. Let’s see if it works.

Martin Scharm

stuff. just for the records.

Do you like this page?
You can actively support me!