I just learned that you can actually SSH to a host without a password if you have the right key.
Normally, if you want to ssh to a host, you do like,
It then asks for a password. But if you don’t know it but somehow managed to get the ssh key, you can login to that host without password.
simply refer to that key with -i <key>
Bandit level 13 doesn’t provide a password for the next level, rather gives you an SSH key, which should be used to SSH to level 14.
So, SSH to bandit13 first if you didn’t already.
then you are supposed to do like,
#ssh firstname.lastname@example.org -i sshkey.private
For some reason you can’t do that (they gave a hint about this in the description). But as you are already logged on to bandit.labs.overthewire.org, you can use localhost instead.
#ssh bandit14@localhost -i sshkey.private
And you should be logged in no time.
By the way, I am loving Bandit. 😀