HP Brings 'Capture the Flag' Competition to Black Hat
The challenges will be familiar to many security professionals. The winner of the security competition could walk away with his or her own quadcopter.Hewlett-Packard is bringing a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition to the upcoming Black Hat USA conference, which gets under way next week (Aug. 5-7) in Las Vegas. The CTF competition will in some ways follow a format similar to the CTF event at the DefCon security conference, which follows Black Hat USA. HP researchers have long been attendees and speakers at Black Hat events, said Daniel Miessler, practice principal for Fortify on Demand at HP Fortify. His team is largely made up of penetration testers, and they wanted to host an event that they themselves would like to participate in. That's where the CTF idea came from. HP's security researchers are very familiar with the CTF format and have participated on teams at the DefCon CTF, as well as HP's own internal CTF events, Miessler told eWEEK. Unlike the DefCon CTF, which is a team-based event, the format for HP's Black Hat CTF will be for individual participants. There are multiple consecutive challenges as part of the event, with participants being required to unlock each challenge before being able to progress to the next level.
While Miessler declined to detail the specific challenges that HP will present at its Black Hat CTF, he did note that the challenges will be familiar to many security professionals. One of the potential challenges that Miessler hinted at is looking for buffer overflow conditions in code.