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DaVinci CTF 2022 – OSINT Compilation

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In what city is the statue of this monkey found? Wrap it around with the wrapper: dvCTF{city_in_lowercase}

Monkey image

If we directly feed the image to Google Image Search, we get some uninterested results related to “Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens”.

Bad result

Once we change the search text to something like “monkey statue” as challenge description suggests, we will see a search result for Reddit: A real primate statue in Prague (Image is NSFW so I will not post in this write-up).

Correct result

The flag is dvCTF{prague}.

Elon Musk


I’m a huge fan of Elon Musk so I invested all my money in cryptocurrencies. However, I got lost in the cryptoworld and I lost something, can you help me find it?


From challenge description, we know right away that this is likely a Twitter account. The account is Elon Musk. As there are not many tweets, we can go through them one by one. In fact, it turns out that only 1 post is NOT retweeting the real Elon Musk, so we can safely focus on it.


As the challenge is related to cryptocurrency, this hex string 099627400a565a0cc64c3a61ee0ce785d80dfbd30e1b1ea8bcb9fdd9952b9b8a is likely related to a cryptocurrency transaction. Notice the profile bio of this account:


There are only 3 types of coins here - Dogecoin, Shiba Inu coin, and Elrond eGold. There are multiple $DOGE and $SHIB there so my instant guess is it should be $EGLD which only has 1 occurrence. Now we can go to EGLD Transaction Search and look for the hex string. Indeed we can find this transaction and its input data contains the flag.

Transaction history

Painting spot

Found a nice painting spot, took a picture of it. But I can’t remember where it is... The flag is in the form of dvCTF and has the flag wrapper already.

We are given a photo of some location, the first thing is to find out where it is.


First thing is to view its metadata, which I used Jeffrey’s Image Metadata Viewer.


The two noticable things to me:

  • Title: Lugar para pintar, which is Spanish/Portuguese for Place to paint.
  • Comment: Óptimo local para pintar, deixei uma revisão positiva, which is Portuguese for Great spot to paint, I left a positive review.

This hinted that the photo was likely taken in Portugal. However, searching this place with Google Image Search and Portugal as keyword does not work. After getting no result for some time, I took another look at the image and noticed that there is an island across the sea so we should look for such landscape in Portugal map. If we search for Portugal Island, the first result is São Miguel Island - the largest and most populous island in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

Now if we Google search again with São Miguel Island as keyword - bingo, we get a similar image!


With some zooming in Google Map, we can finally find the spot which is Vila Franca do Campo, and exact view can be observed.

Google Map

The final goal would be to find some nearby facilities where the author left a review. For this we can just click around the spot and finally found the review for Praia do Corpo Santo, the beach nearby.

Review with flag

Welcome to the DaVinciCTF!

Challenge photo

The photo given has multiple elements to OSINT on, I will list them in my research order.

  • Top-left has Binance open and there is a note with some credential: [email protected] and Password01. Tried several ways to log-in but failed.
  • Bottom-left has a few words, which are simply recovery phrase for Binance so likely uninterested.
  • Top-right has a CTFd login credential: admin and ThisIsAVerySecurePassword. This seems a good way to go so I started to go in this direction.

Notice that the website given is rather than which is the official site of CTF. I tried to login with the credential but cannot get it work. After some random guessing, it turns out you do not need to login and the flag is hidden in source.

Pretty guessy flag