Ghost in the Shellcode IV Wrapup, iCTF, and Upcomming Meeting Topics

Last weekend, we participated in Ghost in the Shellcode IV, a 48-hour jeopardy-style competition hosted by ShmooCon.  At the end of the day, we ended up placing 64th out of 125 teams which managed to score points.  This competition was extremely heavy on reverse engineering and exploitation, which we have been pretty weak at so far.  Since PlaidCTF is coming up quickly, we plan on running a few workshops to get people up to speed on tools such as IDA Pro and valgrind in the near future.

iCTF’s new date has been announced, and will be happening on March 22nd, 2013.  Details are still scarce, but past competitions have been  roughly 8 hours, involving 70+ teams from universities around the world.  We’re currently busy preparing our Attack/Defense infrastructure, which should mostly be in place by the end of this month.  After that, we will be focusing on additional tools to help us during the competition.

Our recent meetings have been focusing on the basics, which will be continuing this Sunday (February 24th, 2013) with an overview of SQL.  Our meetings are generally interactive and hands-on, so feel free to bring a laptop if you want to participate.