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Post Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:17 pm

Capture the Flag competitions

Have any of you done any CTF competitions at a security conference? This year I want to go to Derbycon and like most cons I think they are going to do a CTF competition. I would like to participate but I have never been involved with anything like that. If any of you have, how did you prepare for it? Did you have a team or did you go by yourself? Any tips or tricks?


This is a pretty good write up of last years CTF at Derbycon
http://volatile-minds.blogspot.com/2...and-notes.html
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Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:44 am

Re: Capture the Flag competitions

I never participated in one, but i am currently helping setting up the CTF for HackintheBox 2012 Amsterdam. I can not give you any pointers on how to prepare for such an event, but i would say figure out what the focus will be. Normally it is all about hacking boxes, but sometimes there will be a lot of other challenges as well, like binaries, maybe even "low tech" challenges (last year we had some lock picking challenges which were worth quite some points.). Finally, if you are about winning, be sure to enter as a team. More people know more and you can multi task, which should get you faster through challenges. Good luck and report back with your experiences!
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I have not done one either but I understand that time is an important factor so make sure you are prepared for whatever they may throw at you.  Have all your tools and know how to use them.  That way you aren't spending time downloading new ones and googling how to properly use the new versions of them.

Here was a decent writeup on the Derbycon CTF last year:
http://volatile-minds.blogspot.com/2011 ... notes.html

The author might be an EHnetter but can't recall his name. 

I would love to participate in one of these even though I might have much to offer, but to just sit in and see what goes on.
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Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:52 pm

Re: Capture the Flag competitions

Check out this list for some practice CTFs http://capture.thefl.ag/practice-ctf/

Looks like you probably just missed out on registering for the Mozilla CTF https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Events/CTF which would have been a good introduction since it's aimed at less experienced people (at CTFs).

There are quite a few that go on, check the calendar on http://capture.thefl.ag
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I completely posted the same link as knwminus :D  I aren't read so good.  :p
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Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:36 pm

Re: Capture the Flag competitions

alan wrote:Check out this list for some practice CTFs http://capture.thefl.ag/practice-ctf/

Looks like you probably just missed out on registering for the Mozilla CTF https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Events/CTF which would have been a good introduction since it's aimed at less experienced people (at CTFs).

There are quite a few that go on, check the calendar on http://capture.thefl.ag


Thanks for the capture.thefl.ag link, Alan!

3xban wrote:I completely posted the same link as knwminus :D  I aren't read so good.  :p


Your link works though :P
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Re: Capture the Flag competitions

alan wrote:Check out this list for some practice CTFs http://capture.thefl.ag/practice-ctf/

Looks like you probably just missed out on registering for the Mozilla CTF https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Events/CTF which would have been a good introduction since it's aimed at less experienced people (at CTFs).

There are quite a few that go on, check the calendar on http://capture.thefl.ag


Epic links. Thanks for the help.





3xban wrote:I completely posted the same link as knwminus :D  I aren't read so good.  :p


no worries :)
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Thanks for the info Dyn.

Now time to find a team....
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I was actually disappointed I couldn't attend DerbyCon last year; it had a fantastic group of participants. I'm going to make a serious effort to attend this year, so maybe we can get an EH.net team put together.
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That would be awesome. It is only a few hours from me so I will probably make it down.
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Post Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:34 am

Re: Capture the Flag competitions

I was lucky enough to be at Derbycon last year and I spent a good deal of time on the CTF and finished 2nd place. There were many flags involved (around 80 i think) and the ones that i managed to get were very well thought out and kept the interest level up as they were fun to find.
This gave me an idea to create one myself (on a much, much smaller scale) which i made available here:
http://www.anotherwayin.net/p/capture-f ... lenge.html

A few of the flags are very similar to what i found on last years Derbycon so it might help prepare you for some of the things they put in.
It's basically a pick n mix of little hacks but you may find it useful.
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Re: Capture the Flag competitions

Are there teams at DerbyCon, or is it all individual?
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Post Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:22 am

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there weren't any restrictions to my knowledge, some worked alone and some had teams of 6 or so.
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Post Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:20 am

Re: Capture the Flag competitions

Also worth mentioning, quite a few parts of the CTF brought back memories of the OSCP labs so those that have spent time in there may have an advantage. Not sure if the same guys were involved but I got that impression from it.

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