Tryhackme - Google Dorking

Tryhackme – Google Dorking

In this walk through, we will be going through the Google Dorking room from Tryhackme. In this room, we will be learning how Search Engines work and leveraging them into finding some hidden content. On that note, let’s get started.

Google Dorking

Task 1 – Ye Ol’ Search Engine

Task 1 - Ye Ol' Search Engine

Task 2 – Let’s Learn About Crawlers

Question 1 – Name the key term of what a “Crawler” is used to do


Question 2 – What is the name of the technique that “Search Engines” use to retrieve this information about websites?


Question 3 – What is an example of the type of contents that could be gathered from a website?


Task 2 - Let's Learn About Crawlers

Task 3 – Enter: Search Engine Optimisation

Task 3 - Enter: Search Engine Optimisation

Task 4 – Beepboop – Robots.txt

Question 1 – Where would “robots.txt” be located on the domain “

Question 2 – If a website was to have a sitemap, where would that be located?


Question 3 – How would we only allow “Bingbot” to index the website?


Question 4 – How would we prevent a “Crawler” from indexing the directory “/dont-index-me/”?


Question 5 – What is the extension of a Unix/Linux system configuration file that we might want to hide from “Crawlers”?


Task 4 - Beepboop - Robots.txt

Task 5 – Sitemaps

Question 1 – What is the typical file structure of a “Sitemap”?


Question 2 – What real life example can “Sitemaps” be compared to?


Question 3 – Name the keyword for the path taken for content on a website


Task 5 - Sitemaps

Task 6 – What is Google Dorking?

Question 1 – What would be the format used to query the site about flood defences flood defences

Question 2 – What term would you use to search by file type?


Question 3 – What term can we use to look for login pages?

intitle: login

Task 6 - What is Google Dorking?

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So that was the “Google Dorking” room for you. Googling with the help of dorks makes the search engine reconnaissance easier on the target. In this room, we learned about the crawlers, sitemap, Search Engine Optimization, etc. Practice some more dorks from Exploit DB to identify some useful and juicy information enclosed on the web. On that note, i will take your leave and will meet you in next one. Till then, “Keep Hacking”.

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