A) CTP is a network scavenger hunt. In this challenge, contestants will monitor the network, look for clues, solve puzzles, and win prizes.
Q) Do I need to sign up?
A) No. Any individual or team will be allowed to play provided there is space. Signing up early however will allow us ensure there is enough space to accommodate you.
Q) How do I sign up?
A) Online: the CTP Signup page A) On-Site: Swing by the Capture The Packet area within the Packet Hacking Village to sign-up at the kiosk.
Q) What's provided for me?
A) All teams will be provided access to the challenge server network, a span port for sniffing,
table space, and power strips. Teams will be expected to provide their own computers, networking gear,
and anything else which they might need. Tables are given on a first come first serve basis with
priority given to those who register ahead of time.
Q) Is the network safe/Is my machine safe on this network?
A) The game network should be considered extremely hostile and you should connect at your own risk.
While attacking other teams is not permitted, there is malicious traffic on the CTP network for forensic purposes.
If you are not confident you can safely monitor the traffic, you should reconsider connecting.
We recommend one of the following configs:
Have one machine for the game network, and one machine per contestant for monitoring traffic.
Have multiple network cards - One with a static IP for the game network, one in promiscuous mode for sniffing traffic.
Q) What are the most common setup issue?
A) Having a firewall turned on the sniffing interface. (Turn off windows firewall, Linux turn of iptables, BSD turn of ipfilter)
How to set a static IP Address on an interface
DNS resolution (We recommend you use 18.104.22.168)
Having the right driver that allows your network card to go into promiscuous mode
Q) How long will the contest take?
A) This is being altered for 2017 to meet new competition guidelines provided by DEF CON. More to come!
Q) Are you allowed to use the internet?
A) You are allowed to use the internet, however, we do not provide internet access.
Q) What are some of the common wireshark filters?
A) This is a skills assessment challenge, you can find quite a few using a common internet search engine.
Q) What other sniffing tools are out there?
A) This is a skills assessment challenge, you can find quite a few using a common internet search engine. (That being said, there are quite a few
Q) What happens if there is a tie?
A) In the case of a tie, there will be a lightning round to break the tie.