The CodeMash Capture the Flag Tournament is a white-hack hacking competition hosted by Hacking-Lab for fun and education.  No need to be a 1337 h4x0r – play at your own pace, as there will be challenges for all skill levels. codemash-ctf-01

A CTF is a series of challenges designed to test your expertise at finding security vulnerabilities in code.  Solving a challenge gives you points, and a running scoreboard will track the competition throughout the conference. Because of the different difficulty levels, each challenge gives you between 10 and 30 points. The full points of each challenge are only given if you solve the three objectives of the challenge – explain the problem, explain the attack, and explain the mitigation.  Partial credit is rewarded for each section.  You can play in the halls, while watching a talk, on a break, in your room, or in the water park.  It is a continuous event that will run the duration of the conference.

The CTF will kickoff at 8:00am on Thursday, January 12, 2017 and run through Friday at 3:00pm.  We have put together prize packs for the top spots, and all participants will receive a token for their efforts.  There is a Wednesday, January 11th, morning precompiler to get you setup and go over the rules, but attendance is not required to play.  The precompiler will be ran as an open house, so please stop by at any time between 8:00am – 12:00pm for 5, 10, or 120 minutes to learn and train.  If you can’t make that, stop by the Hacking Lab sponsor table, or at one of the CTF Open Sessions to get setup.

Follow us on twitter @codemashctf for updates, and all the details of the event are available at