Resources to Prepare for CTF Challenge

Being someone whom is interested in Capture The Flag (CTF) games and challenges, I always find myself looking at how I can pick up new skills and techniques to add to my arsenal, to utilize them in solving the challenges designed by the creators of the game (or competition such as DEFCON, ROOTCON, and many more).

For those who are new to this term, CTF are computer security related, hacking kind of game or competitions which generally consist of participants breaking, investigating, reverse engineering and doing anything they can to reach the end goal and capture the “flag”. The games are usually categorized in various forms, a non-exhaustive list would consist of Exploit Development, Web Hacking, Reverse Engineering, Packet Capture Analysis, Cryptography, Steganography, Binary Analysis, Mobile Security, and many more others.

CTF @ DEFCON 17
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia/Capture_the_flag

The following are two pretty good CTF guides and resources websites which I read when I was just starting out. If you are new to CTF or is interested in understanding more about CTF, you can check them out.

  • CTF Guide – Trail of Bits – introduces CTF and covers a few topics, such as vulnerability discovery, exploit creation and forensics
  • CTFs Resources – introduces CTF as well, and covers a few other topics, such as different methods of cryptography, steganography and web hacking
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