_______  _______  ______    _______  ___   _______  _______  _______  __    _  _______  _______ 
|       ||       ||    _ |  |       ||   | |       ||       ||       ||  |  | ||       ||       |
|    _  ||    ___||   | ||  |  _____||   | |  _____||_     _||    ___||   |_| ||       ||    ___|
|   |_| ||   |___ |   |_||_ | |_____ |   | | |_____   |   |  |   |___ |       ||       ||   |___ 
|    ___||    ___||    __  ||_____  ||   | |_____  |  |   |  |    ___||  _    ||      _||    ___|
|   |    |   |___ |   |  | | _____| ||   |  _____| |  |   |  |   |___ | | |   ||     |_ |   |___ 
|___|    |_______||___|  |_||_______||___| |_______|  |___|  |_______||_|  |__||_______||_______|

         "the fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of 
      difficulty or opposition"

                                                   by sagi- & superkojiman

DISCLAIMER

By using this virtual machine, you agree that in no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this software.

TL;DR - You are about to load up a virtual machine with vulnerabilities created by hackers. If something bad happens, it's not our fault.

ABOUT

Persistence aims to provide you with challenging obstacles that block your path to victory. It is perhaps best described by quotes made by some famous people:

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." - Calvin Coolidge

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work though difficult problems." - Gever Tulley

GOAL

Get a root shell and read the contents of /root/flag.txt to complete the challenge!

SETUP

The virtual machine will get an IP address via DHCP, and it has been tested on the following hypervisors:

VMware Fusion 6 VMware Player 6 VMware Workstation 10 VirtualBox 4.3

SHOUT OUTS

Thanks @VulnHub for kindly hosting this challenge, and thanks to @recrudesce for testing it and providing valuable feedback!