The Offensive Security Exploit Developer (OSED) certification exam simulates a live network that contains several vulnerable systems. You need to exploit these machines and provide proof of exploitation. You will have 47 hours and 45 minutes to complete the challenge itself and a further 24 hours to submit your documentation.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE EXAM GUIDE?
The OSED exam guide is available at the following link: OSED Exam Guide
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M READY TO TAKE THE EXAM?
This is, of course, a very difficult question to answer. At a minimum, we recommend that you understand the majority of the concepts taught in the course and complete the challenge labs.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY CERTIFICATION EXAM?
You can schedule your exam using the link that was provided to you in your welcome pack. If you’re unable to locate it, please contact our Orders department and they will be happy to re-send it to you. Using the scheduling link, you are able to determine when there is a free slot in our exam lab, allowing you to select a date that suits you.
WHAT IS THE EXAM RETAKE POLICY?
Students may schedule an exam retake within 120 days of the exam retake cooling off period as follows:
- After the 1st failed exam, a student may schedule an exam retake after 4 weeks within 120 days of purchase / end-of-lab.
- After the 2nd failed exam, a student may schedule an exam retake after 8 weeks within 120 days of purchase / end-of-lab.
- After the 3rd failed exam onward, a student may schedule an exam retake after 12 weeks within 120 days of purchase / end-of-lab.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT THE GOALS OF THE EXAM ARE?
Once your exam starts, you will get access to the control panel. On the control panel, you will find three assignments with instructions on how to solve them.
HOW DO I GET POINTS ON THE EXAM?
Points are awarded by solving exam assignments.
HOW MANY POINTS DO I NEED TO PASS THE EXAM?
The exam can be passed by solving at least two out of three assignments.
DO I GET POINTS FOR PARTIAL SOLUTIONS?
No, only solutions that fully solve the assignment provide points on the exam.
CAN I SUBMIT AN EXERCISE REPORT FOR BONUS POINTS?
No, it is not possible to obtain any bonus points on the OSED exam from completing the course exercises.
IS REVERSE ENGINEERING PART OF THE EXAM?
Yes, reverse engineering to locate vulnerabilities is part of the exam.
IS FUZZING PART OF THE EXAM?
No, all vulnerabilities are meant to be located through the use of reverse engineering.
DO I NEED TO INCLUDE CODE AND SCREENSHOTS IN THE EXAM REPORT?
You should include enough information in the exam report so our graders can replicate your steps. This includes explaining your code as well as all exploitation and reverse engineering steps.
DO TARGET MACHINES CONTAIN A FLAG?
Yes, for assignments that require you to write an exploit, you must obtain a proof.txt from a target machine through a remote shell. Some assignments will not require the collection of proof.txt.
WHAT IS REQUIRED AS DOCUMENTATION FOR FLAGS?
In the exam report, you must include a screenshot of the flag in its original location by using the type command. You must also include the output of ipconfig.
ARE THERE ASSIGNMENT DEPENDENCIES IN THE EXAM?
No, the three assignments are independent of each other.
CAN I REVERT MACHINES DURING THE EXAM?
Yes, you can revert the exam machines through the control panel.
IF I GET STUCK ON ONE ASSIGNMENT CAN I STILL COMPLETE THE EXAM?
Yes, it is possible to pass the exam by solving two out of three assignments.
DO I NEED A LOCAL VM FOR DEVELOPMENT DURING THE EXAM?
As part of the exam, students will have to write exploits and perform parts of reverse engineering on their local Kali Linux VM. A debugging VM will be provided in our VPN network.
CAN I WRITE MY EXPLOIT IN A LANGUAGE THAT IS NOT PYTHON3?
No, all exploit code must be written in Python 3, which is also detailed in the exam assignments. This is to facilitate the grading process.
CAN I USE A DEBUGGER THAT IS NOT WINDBG?
No, you must use WinDBG in the exam. WinDBG Preview is permitted, but it will not be installed on the exam machines nor supported by our Student Admins. This is to facilitate the grading process.
CAN I USE A DISASSEMBLER THAT IS NOT IDA FREE?
No, you must use IDA Free. The professional version of IDA and any other disassembler not allowed.
CAN I USE PLUGINS FOR WINDBG ?
Yes, you may use any custom or open source WinDBG plugin or extension, but you must be able to fully explain what it does and how it works as part of your exam documentation. Note that the exam assignments can be fully solved with the tools and techniques taught through the course, so no additional plugins or extensions are required.
CAN I USE EXPLOIT WRITING FRAMEWORKS?
Exploit writing frameworks like pwntools or mona in WinDBG are allowed in the exam. Note that the exam assignments are created in such a way that it is unlikely that they will provide any assistance.
CAN I DOWNLOAD EXAM BINARIES TO MY LOCAL SYSTEM?
No, you may not transfer or download any exam-related files from the provided development VM, unless specifically stated in the exam assignment. In the cases where it is allowed, the exam-related files must be deleted at the end of the exam.
HOW DO THE CHALLENGE LABS COMPARE TO THE EXAM?
The challenges in the EXP-301 labs train most of the concepts that are tested in the exam.
IF I FAIL AND RETAKE THE EXAM WILL I GET THE SAME EXAM MACHINES?
The OSED exam consists of a pool of exam sets. The exam sets are assigned at random, so there is no guarantee you will receive the same exam set on a retake.
WHAT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ABOUT EXAM PROCTORING?
All OSED exams are proctored. Please make sure to read our online FAQ.