Forensic Challenge 2010/2 - "browsers under attack" - submission deadline extended to Monday, 8th of March 2010

We have decided to extend the submission deadline for our second forensic challenge - "browsers under attack" to Monday, 8th of March 2010. This gives you another week to participate in our latest challenge. Subsequently, the announcement of the results will also move another week to Monday, 22nd of March 2010.

I have contacted all the folks that have already submitted their solution to us about this change. They, of course, have the opportunity to resubmit their solution, if they so wish, until the new submission deadline on the 8th. (If you have submitted and did not receive an email from me, please contact us at [email protected])

Challenge 2 focuses on browser attacks and can be accessed at Forensic Challenge 2010/2. The top 3 submissions will be awarded prizes.

GSoC 2010 Timeline announced and Honeynet Project will be applying

Last year the Honeynet Project entered Google Summer of Code ( for the first time. We received 9 Google funded student places and also funded 3 more places of our own, all of whom successfully completed their projects in a wide range of areas of open source security R&D. You can find out more in our Google SoC 2009 section of our website ( Read more »

Forensic Challenge 2010/2 - "browsers under attack" is now online

Challenge 2 of the Honeynet Project Forensic Challenge has just been posted. The challenge has been provided by Nicolas Collery from the Singapore Chapter and Guillaume Arcas from the French Chapter and is titled browsers under attack.

Submission deadline is March 1st and results will be released on Monday, March 15th 2010. Small prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions.

Have fun!

Forensic Challenge 2010 - Challenge 1 - Announcement of Winners

I am very pleased to announce the winners to the 1st Honeynet Project Forensic Challenge 2010 - pcap attack trace. We had a total of 91 submissions and the top three submissions are true rock star submissions. The winners are:

  • 1st Place: Ivan Rodriguez Almuina (Switzerland)
  • 2nd Place: Franck Guenichot (France)
  • 3rd Place: Tareq Saade (USA)

Congratulations to the winners!!! Each winner will receive a signed book from one of our Honeynet Project authors.

A sample solution (created by Tillmann, Markus, Hugo and Cameron) is available on the forensic challenge web site at FC 2010 - Challenge 1 - Pcap attack trace. On that page you will also find the submissions of the three winners. Tillmann, who single handedly judged all submissions, will be summarizing highlights from various submissions in a blog post shortly.

All folks that have submitted a solution should have received an email with information about their individual score as well as placement.

Nicolas Collery from the Singapore Honeynet Chapter and Guillaume Arcas are finalizing the second forensic challenge.The challenge will be 'browsers under attack' and I personally am very excited about this challenge. I hope we will receive many submissions from all who participated in challenge 1 (and hopefully more.) I will post to our web site in the next few days.

Thanks again - looking forward to the next challenge!
Christian Read more »

Forensic Challenge 2010 - Challenge 1 update

Monday, February 1st, the submission deadline for challenge 1 of the Forensic Challenge 2010 has passed. We have received 88 submissions and Tillmann who has been judging them mentioned there were some excellent submissions in the mix. Tillmann will be highlighting some answers when we announce the results on the 15th of February.

I have acknowledged receipt of each submission received via email. If you have not received a confirmation mail from me, please contact me at [email protected] and I will check whether we have received it.


First challenge of the Forensic Challenge 2010 has been posted.

We have just posted the first challenge of the Forensic Challenge 2010. The first challenge deals with a network attack. It has been provided by Tillmann Werner from the Giraffe Chapter. It is accessible at Submissions are due on Monday, February 1st 2010 and results will be released on Monday, February 15th 2010. The top three submissions will be awarded with small prizes. Check it out!

Announcing the Honeynet Project Forensic Challenge 2010

I am very happy to announce the Honeynet Project Forensic Challenge 2010. The purpose of the Forensic Challenges is to take learning one step farther. Instead of having the Honeynet Project analyze attacks and share their findings, Forensic Challenges give the security community the opportunity to analyze attacks and share their findings. In the end, individuals and organizations not only learn about threats, but also learn how to analyze them. Even better, individuals can access the write-ups from other individuals, and learn about new tools and techniques for analyzing attacks. Best of all, the attacks of the Forensic Challenge are attacks encountered in the wild, real hacks, provided by our members.
It has been several years since we provided Forensic Challenges and with the Forensic Challenge 2010, we will provide desperately needed upgrades. The Forensic Challenge 2010 will include a mixture of server-side attacks on the latest operating systems and services, attacks on client-side attacks that emerged in the past few years, attacks on VoiP systems, web applications, etc. At the end of challenge, we will provide a sample solution created by our members using the state-of-the-art tools that are publicly available, such as libemu and dionaea.
The first challenge (of several for 2010) will be posted on our Forensic Challenges web site on Monday, January 18th 2010. We will be open to submissions for about two weeks and announce the winners by February 15th 2010. This year, we will also award the top three submissions with prizes! Please check the web site on Monday, January 18th 2010 for further details...

Christian Seifert

Chief Communications Officer
The Honeynet Project

Nepenthes Pharm

Parvinder Bhasin asked us to post an announcement about his new tool. While not officially a tool developed by the Honeynet Project, we thought you should know about some of the great work he is doing. Nepenthes PHARM is a perfect companion to your Nepenthes honeypot installations. PHARM is an Open Source client/server and web portal package, which provides central reporting and analysis of your distributed Nepenthes based honeypots. Read more »

Know Your Tools: use Picviz to find attacks

We are very excited to announce the publication of our first paper in the new Know Your Tools paper series: “KYT: use Picviz to find attacks” authored by Sebastien Tricaud from the French Chapter and Victor Amaducci from the University of Campinas.

The paper can be downloaded at Know Your Tools: use Picviz to find attacks.

Paper Abstract
Picviz is a parallel coordinates plotter which enables easy scripting from various input (tcpdump, syslog, iptables logs, apache logs, etc..) to visualize data and discover interesting aspects of that data quickly. Picviz uncovers previously hidden data that is difficult to identify with traditional analysis methods.

In the first paper of our new Know Your Tools series, Sebastien Tricaud from the French Honeynet Project Chapter and Victor Amaducci from the University of Campinas, focus on Picviz. After a brief overview on parallel coordinates, Picviz architecture, and installation procedure, three real-world examples are presented that illustrate how to identify attacks from large amounts of data: Picviz is used to analyze SSH logs, Apache access logs and network traffic. With these examples, it is demonstrated how Picviz can find attacks that previously have been hidden.

Recent additions to Picviz GUI have been made by Victor Amaducci under the mentorship of Sebastien Tricaud as part of the Google Summer of Code program 2009. The most recent version of Picviz is freely available for download from its project site at and support can be sought from the Picviz mailing list at

RE-Google - or how Grandma started Reverse Engineering

Some people say "Reverse Engineering is an art". Well, this might be true if you consider stuff like mathematics as art. It is more an application of standard methods that evolve constantly. Actually, everybody can learn these methods and start to RE executables. With the RE-Google plugin for IDA Pro, even your granny can start reversing :) Read more »

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