Greeting human!

We want to play a game with you. The mission is simple: you need to guess our flag, that’s all. We use an algorithm to determine the similarity of strings.


The server accepts a guess, and calculates the Levenshtein distance between our guess and the flag.

We can think of the Levinshtien distance as the minimum number of single-character

  • Insertions,

  • Deletions, or

  • Substitutions

required to change our guess to the flag.

We can simply start off with the guess spbctf{<28 spaces>}. Since we know the space character will never be part of the flag, the Levenshtien distance simplifies to the number of wrong characters in our guess.

This allows us to bruteforce the flag.

import requests
import string
import json

alphabet = string.ascii_letters + string.digits + '_{}'

flag = 'spbctf{'

done = False
i = 0
target_dist = 27
while not done:

    for char in alphabet:

        print(flag + char + ' ' * (27 - i) + '}')
        r ='',{
            'flag': flag + char  + ' ' * (27 - i) + '}'

        dist = json.loads(r.text)
        if dist['length'] == target_dist:
    flag += char
    target_dist -= 1

    i += 1

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