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Cicada 2014

My work solving Cicada 2014

This gist contains a lot of my work solving Cicada. The work of others is here as well, and I've indicated what parts were solved by who.

Current status (curated by ChuckFive): https://infotomb.com/lzfac.pdf

Onion 5

MP3 found.

$ mediainfo onion_5.mp3
General
Complete name                            : onion_5.mp3
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
File size                                : 6.34 MiB
Duration                                 : 4mn 37s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Constant
Overall bit rate                         : 192 Kbps
Track name                               : Interconnectedness
Performer                                : 3301
Writing library                          : LAME3.98.2

Audio
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
Format version                           : Version 1
Format profile                           : Layer 3
Mode                                     : Joint stereo
Mode extension                           : MS Stereo
Duration                                 : 4mn 37s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 192 Kbps
Channel count                            : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 44.1 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 6.34 MiB (100%)
Writing library                          : LAME3.98.2


$ mediainfo instar.mp3
General
Complete name                            : instar.mp3
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
File size                                : 3.82 MiB
Duration                                 : 2mn 47s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Constant
Overall bit rate                         : 192 Kbps
Track name                               : The Instar Emergence
Performer                                : 3301
Writing library                          : LAME3.98r
Parable 1,595,277,641                    : Like the instar, tunneling to the surface\nWe must shed our own circumferences;\nFind the divinity within and emerge.

Audio
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
Format version                           : Version 1
Format profile                           : Layer 3
Mode                                     : Joint stereo
Mode extension                           : MS Stereo
Duration                                 : 2mn 47s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 192 Kbps
Channel count                            : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 44.1 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 3.82 MiB (100%)
Writing library                          : LAME3.98r
Encoding settings                        : -m j -V 4 -q 3 -lowpass 18.6 -b 192

Onion 2

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

Onion 3

87de5b7fa26ab85d2256c453e7f5bc3ac7f25ee743297817febd7741ededf07ca0c7e8b1788ea4131441a8f71c63943d8b56aea6a45159e2f59f9a194af23eaabf9de0f3123c041c882d5b7e03e17ac49be67cef29fbc7786e3bda321a176498835f6198ef22e81c30d44281cd217f7a46f58c84dd7b29b941403ecd75c0c735d20266121f875aa8dec28f32fc153b1393e143fc71616945eea3c10d6820bd631cf775cf3c1f27925b4a2da655f783f7616f3359b23cff6fb5cb69bcb745c55dff439f7eb6a4094bd302b65a84360a62f94c8b010250fcc431c190d6ed8cc8a3bfce37dddb24b93f502ad83c5fa21923189d8be7a6127c4105fcf0e5275286f2

Onion 4

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

U EA NG S EO F C R EO U G P EA EA F TH X T C L EA Y M EA EO T C N AE NG M IA IA M M W AE P D IA R O EA IA M I F F E U NG EO AE Y P R AE I P AE C AE AE N W B X M D R IA I F P C EO EO AE C R TH P F J M O EO C W IA B AE W B EA L S R Y J AE R M C TH EO AE T C P W M G EO C NG P U EO C R E W IA P I B Y B X F L I R R M C G B Y R C F U TH P IA J W T F EA J G B AE TH F F EA P TH P F AE X J M E P NG S O S M W E O L W X U TH AE W M TH D Y J C S IA X O NG R M B W R M I D Y J C X H U Y P L J NG Y M F J P EO U IA W EO J D W X U O L O S M IA S X AE M IA I P Y AE M U F

M Y Y EO AE X R J S E E P N D J U S X Y T E T M EO R Y D S N E AE D IA P B U N EA NG J IA AE J G B P TH X P N W W I L M AE L P B U O EA IA R IA EA F R R EO J M R M I D Y J H L F U J U IA L TH EA EO J O EO R R M U M S C EA EO L I AE AE C L W I L T P E U P EA IA P TH T B T M E U L O L E EO J P U EA L C G EA G S IA T M B M R TH F P W R J R X C NG J EA OE JE Y M D Y J C AE IA U F P F A C C EA R U J R A M B P G P B U N EA NG F N X E Y G I EA NG U M T C G EA EA J AE B P W D F Y X AE U F EO J P X L TH EA A L TH C Y U IA C E L AE EO I X TH S AE H AE TH Y F L C E R P O X R C B F

TH M D EO F M A R 5 U AE NG R NG 3 EA M EO F IA

Leads to http://avowyfgl5lkzfj3n.onion.to/ via a vigenere cipher in runespace.

Apache Status

An Apache status page was (accidentally) revealed. After being redacted, it was replaced: http://fv7lyucmeozzd5j4.onion.to/server-status

Apache Server Status for fv7lyucmeozzd5j4.onion


Server Version: Apache/2.2.22 (Ubuntu)
Server Built: Jul 12 2013 13:37:15

Current Time: Thursday, 06-Jan-2014 00:13:17 UTC
Restart Time: Tuesday, 06-Jan-2014 00:13:17 UTC
Parent Server Generation: 2
Server uptime: 1 days 0 hours 33 minutes 14 seconds
Total accesses: 931377 - Total Traffic: 7.2 GB
CPU Usage: u50.58 s65.25 cu0 cs0 - .0333% CPU load
5.09 requests/sec - 37.6 kB/second - 7.4 kB/request
10 requests currently being processed, 40 idle workers

snip

JPEG: http://d.pr/7HDI/3vC4s1cQ. Binary-reversed JPEG: http://d.pr/755u/3f4BNdbK. Translations done by people on Freenode.

Rune translations

SOME WISDOM
THE PRIMES ARE SACRED
THE TOTIENT FUNCTION IS SACRED
ALL THINGS SHOULD BE ENCRYPTED
 
KNOW THIS:
 
272 138 SHADOWS 131 151
AETHEREAL BUFFERS VOID CARNAL 18
226 OBSCURA FORM 245 MOBIUS
18 ANALOG VOID MOURNFUL AETHEREAL
151 131 CABAL 138 272

String of hex in the middle of the JPEG.

a02373230202020202833313020202020213433302020202021333130202020202135313a06363330202020202
939313020202020203331302020202020323330202020202028313a06323230202020202534323020202020202
139302020202025343230202020202632323a08313020202020203233302020202020333130202020202939313
0202020202636333a01353130202020202133313020202020213433302020202028333130202020202237323

Reverse and hex decode to get a matrix. Same one as in the runes... time to break out MATLAB...

[272   138   341   131   151
 366   199   130   320    18
 226   245    91   245   226
 18    320   130   199   366
 151   131   341   138   272]

Totients:

[128    44   300   130   150
 120   198    48   128     6
 112   168    72   168   112
 6     128    48   198   120
 150   130   300    44   128]

Trace and sum of all rows is 1033. Symmetry causes the RREF to be I.

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1



IDGTK UMLOO ARWOE RTHIS UTETL HUTIA TSLLO 
UIMNI TELNJ 7TFYV OIUAU SNOCO 5JI4M EODZZ 

Good luck.

3301


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Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux)

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Txj9jXD22ki/CNRY88NyIzW9fjKs+iOylsa7Tx+6PBb3ndoYNEwnQwLIq3K4S3kQ
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1kYCrLmGtTTPFx79fZfryGXQIEAmipRbjVS5sVbUCfgmqUagmdU6v9VI53n6+r0J
b2amxREA+2MflkEoVJUaLQJ1rKZLFFJ9J17zUaXKMllsDBWXJS4Mb54o2+8bkEcM
3cP+16XV9pf2wZBkJE0AwoXI4L8JEyjNZZcGSLy8BojlAupX3Fg9KKt71XXrm9FD
tuBhMYWo/TDz+4UzLB+I
=57tj
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

IDGTK UMLOO ARWOE RTHIS UTETL HUTIA TSLLO
UIMNI TELNJ 7TFYV OIUAU SNOCO 5JI4M EODZZ

It was a transposition with key [2, 8, 9, 1, 12, 13, 11, 4, 5, 7, 3, 0, 6, 1]. Someone on the wiki got it eventually: GOODWORKULTIMATETRUTHISTHEULTIMATEILLUSIONJOINUSATFV7LYUCMEOZZD5J4ONIO - http://fv7lyucmeozzd5j4.onion.to

Three-way XOR

1 2 3 - I XORed everything together. Ended up getting a PGP-signed message.

Runes

by Idontworkfor3301

From http://imagebin.org/285659

A warning! believe nothing from this book. Except what you know to be true.
Test the knowledge, find your truth, experience your death. Do not edit or change
this book. Or the message contained within. Either the words or their numbers.
For all is sacred!
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