The skeptic’s OSCP skills requirements guide

It’s been almost one year since I got my OSCP and I never got the chance to write about it. And since almost everyone does a general review about the Offensive Security Certified Professional certification, I decided to do a short write-up about the actual skill requirements for hacking through the OSCP labs and obtaining the OSCP certification.

So what do you need to know prior to starting the OSCP?

  • general OS internals knowledge (Linux, Windows) – have you ever installed Linux/Win? Know what a partition is? What is a log and where to find it?
  • general networking knowledge (what is a IP subnet, netmask, gateway, how are packets routed)
  • troubleshooting skills
  • using a search engine with advanced parameters (filetype, site, inurl, etc)
  • what is ARP, a firewall, antivirus
  • can you navigate/list/check or change permissions of files with cmd/bash?
  • can you read simple code (BASH, Python, Powershell) scripts?
  • can you write 2 liner scripts in linux?
  • Do you know what this does?

for ip in $(seq 1 254);do ping -c 1 192.168.1.$ip | grep “bytes from”; done

Missing some of the above? You can catch up, it’s not rocket science.

What is not mandatory, but great to have?

  • any kind of programming/scripting experience
  • any kind of experience in the IT Security field
  • experience as a sysadmin, tech support engineer or similar background.

Did OSCP help me with finding a job in IT Security?

  • YES!!

Are you ready for Pain & Sufferance? Brace for impact and register for OSCP. You will bleed, but it will change the way you look at IT Security and Pentesting.

Over and out – OS18010

Posted in How to, OSCP. Tagged with .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.