A key part of studying security is putting your skills to the test in practice. Hacking challenges known as Capture The Flag (CTF) competitions are a great way to do this.
Our first in-class CTF will be held on Thursday, April 16th.
Step 1: Form Teams by Wednesday, April 15th 5pm
You’ll compete in the class CTFs as a team, with a maximum of six people on a team.
Elect a captain for your team. The captain will be the main point of contact.
Decide on a team name.
Register your team with the class (to be posted to Piazza).
Step 2: Prepare for the CTF
Install the tools that we’ve discussed in class for things such network analysis (Wireshark), reverse engineering (Ghidra), etc.
Step 3: Compete in the first 365CTF
Your entire team must join the in-class CTF on April 16th.
The UGTAs will set up a discord server where we all can coordinate during the CTF. Each of the teams will have their own private chat/voice channel that they can use to coordinate during the CTF. We’ll also be available to ask questions.
Step 4: Write and Submit a CTF writeup
As is traditional in CTFs, your team will write a writeup of the challenges that your team solved.
What we want to see in your writeup:
- How you solved each of the challenges that you solved.
- How you attempted to solve the other challenges in the CTF.
- What you learned during the CTF (new skills or techniques).
If you did not attempt a challenge, you do not have to include it in your writeup.
Your captain is responsible for submitting the writeup on GradeScope by Friday, April 17th at noon.