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Random OSX Crackmes Writeups

Here are some writeups for OSX crackmes randomly taken from reverse.put.as. If you haven’t done them and want to try them, of course this will spoil you. They are mostly very easy serial checkers, so let’s try to do it with only static analysis.

I will not give the file as they are all available at reverse.put.as.

  1. Crackme #1
  2. Pie
  3. FiveNiner
  4. DeadSimple

Crackme #1

Crackme #1 is an i386 Mach-o application that asks for a name and a serial. Let’s write a keygen in python for it.

In the ‘validar’ function, we find that both fields are recovered when the user presses the button. Then the program checks that none of the fields are empty, that the name is more than 4 characters long and that the serial is 15 chars long.


It will then get the last two characters of the serial, get the int value and check that it is equal to the name’s length.

crackme_1 It then verifies that serial[10] == 'k' && serial[11] == 'n' && serial[12] == 'k'. crackme_1 Here are the value of the hardcoded strings used in the comparison: crackme_1

And finally, it computes the SHA1 hash of the name, crop it to the first 10 characters, and check that the serial’s first 10 chars and the hash match: crackme_1

Here is a simple python3 keygen:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
from hashlib import sha1

# len(name) >= 4
# len(pass) == 0xf
# last 2 serial chars == len(name)
# serial[10] = 'k'
# serial[11] = 'n'
# serial[12] = 'k'
# sha1(name)[:10] == serial[:10]

if len(sys.argv) < 2:

if len(sys.argv[1]) < 4:
    sys.argv[1] = "P1kachu"

NAME = sys.argv[1]
SERIAL = sha1(NAME).hexdigest()[:10]
SERIAL += 'knk'
SERIAL += "{:02}".format(len(NAME))

print("Name: {0} - Key: {1}".format(NAME, SERIAL))



Pie is a key checker from the MacSerialJunkies 2010 Contest. It asks for a name and a serial for registration. Let’s go for another keygen.

In the function verifySerialandName (yes, I think that’s the one we need to look at), the programs gets the two fields and check the serial’s length first. It must be equal to 16.


It then calculate the MD5 sum of the 6 first characters of the serial. pie

This will be compared to a hardcoded hash which is equal to 66EAD6FE7CBE7987B7C4B1A1EED0E5A5. A quick google search for this hash yields this page and the corresponding string: KRACK-. pie

It then verifies that the 14th character of the serial is ‘F’. pie

The next step will be to compute the MD5 sum of the name, get the 7 first chars of its hexdigest, and compare them to the 7 chars long substring of the serial beginning at index 6. pie pie

The last step is comparing the two last characters of the serial and ‘BC’, which is a hardcoded string used earlier for encoding conversions. pie

Here is the keygen for this crackme:

#!/usr/bin/env python

from hashlib import md5
import sys

# md5('KRACK-') == 66EAD6FE7CBE7987B7C4B1A1EED0E5A5

if len(sys.argv) < 2:

NAME = sys.argv[1]

PASS_2 = md5(NAME).hexdigest()[:7]
PASS_3 = "BC"

PASS = PASS_1 + PASS_2 + 'F' + PASS_3

print("NAME: {0} - KEY: {1}".format(NAME, PASS.upper()))



This one from Corruptfire.com (which seems down) is quite straightforward too.

It asks only for a serial:

This serial should be composed of 4 words separated with dashes, like XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX. fiveniner

It then checks that the first word is equal to FN10. fiveniner

Then, it takes the second word, pass it into the sha1 function (which is in reality a hidden MD5), crops it to take the 6 first chars, and compare it to the third word. fiveniner

It finally takes the three first words, join them with dashes, appends another dash at the end, and MD5 it. The 6 first chars of the hash are finally compared to the final word. fiveniner

Here is the keygen for this challenge:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

from hashlib import md5
import sys

if len(sys.argv) < 2:

sys.argv[1] = sys.argv[1].upper()

WORD0 = 'FN10'
WORD1 = sys.argv[1]
WORD2 = md5(WORD1.encode('utf-8')).hexdigest()[:6].upper()
SEQU = "{0}-{1}-{2}-".format(WORD0, WORD1, WORD2)
WORD3 = md5(SEQU.encode('utf-8')).hexdigest()[:6]

print("FiveNiner Key: {0}-{1}-{2}-{3}".format(WORD0, WORD1, WORD2, WORD3).upper())



This one is, indeed, really simple. It asks for a name and a serial.

The serial must be composed of two ints separated by a dash. The second component must be the square of the first one… fiveniner

And the first component must be the sum of every char in the name: fiveniner

Here is a “keygen”, but it’s almost useless to have one:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv) {
        if (argc > 1) {
                int count = 0;
                int len = strlen(argv[1]);
                for (int i = 0; i < len; ++i) {
                        count += argv[1][i];

                printf("Name: %s\nPassword: %d-%d\n", argv[1], count, count * count);



I may do more, but I will first try to find some a little bit more complicated. If you have any, please feel free to suggest them on Twitter or by mail.