eLearnSecurity(eCPPTv2) Review

Introduction -

eCPPTv2 Logo

Many people have been asking me to share my opinions and the preparation process to achieve eCPPT certification. Here are my two cents on the exam. In this blog, I will be sharing my strategies and some unique methods which helped me push through hurdles and attain the certification.

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Preparation -

To my enthusiasm, I immediately started learning the material starting with system security. Honestly, it was too much information, so I eventually skipped that section and focused on other modules. For the next 2 months, I had been continuously working on PDFs and labs from different modules while simultaneously taking notes in notion. I Enjoyed the pivoting lab’s scenarios and using various Metasploit modules. Sometimes I had to do the labs multiple times to grasp the content and understand the flow. The course has everything you need to achieve the certification.

Module name — System Security

Exam -

Day 2
Started at 11 am and kept enumerating. I had successfully identified the vulnerability but kept failing continuously in exploiting it. Took a break and got back, again a dead end.

Day 3
With a fresh mind kept debugging my methodology and found my mistake. At that point, I was livid with myself and disappointed at how silly I was. I had successfully rooted three machines by the end of the day.

Day 4–5
Was a lazy bum. Dint work on the exam as the deadline was far away.

Day 6
Spent an entire day completing a machine which was a bit tricky and required thinking out of the box( loved this part of the exam). Successfully rooted the fourth machine by evening.

Day 7
I knew 90% of the exam was done, just one more machine to hack into. After loads of enumeration, I had finally rooted the last machine and hacked them all.

Reporting -

Certified :)

Exam tips -

  1. Pivoting, Pivoting, Pivoting everywhere!! A good understanding of this concept is a must.
  2. Think out of the box. Debugging your methodology is a huge plus
  3. The exam doesn’t take 7 days. Prepare well in advance and get good rest.
  4. Much of the learning was during the exam. It’s okay to refer back to the materials.
  5. As this is a real-life pen testing exam, report all the vulnerabilities identified and take tons of screenshots when required.
  6. Enumeration is the key.

Feedback -

I’m looking forward to getting into the elearnSecurity Web Application Penetration Tester Extreme (eWPTX) exam and I hope this will be a challenging one and loads of learning. A huge shoutout to my mentors Joe Helle and Heath Adams for always encouraging and pushing me through this journey. Feeling Grateful.

If you guys enjoyed the blog a clap would mean so much to me. It keeps me motivated to post more content on Twitter and in blogs.


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Happy hacking !!!

If you have reached this far, thank you for reading this article. Kindly feel free to point out any mistakes and do let me know where I can improve in writing and explaining in detail. Appreciate it!!. All the best. God bless.



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Bala Praneeth (Begin_hunt)

Graduate Student | Passionate about Information Security | Web Application Security enthusiast | Self-motivated