Hacking at InCTF-Part1

Usually I just skim through my NITC mail, and checks only those send by my Class Representative or teachers. One day I read a mail forwarded by one of my seniors Karthik. It was about a hacking competition conducted by Amrutha University called InCTF which had 2 preliminary rounds and a final round. It was a Capture The Flag kind of competition. At that time I wasn’t in the mood of doing anything as I had to complete my lab assignments (which I was in a bad situation) and also if by any chance I got selected, the second round will be at the time of our exams so I ignored it. Later when I was searching for some thing I again came across this competition. This was the first time that this kind of an event comes into my notice(It was pretty interesting one… One that I know I will surely enjoy.. 🙂 ). Then I called one of my friend to tell him about this. I couldn’t make any decision then as I wanted to put my leg on both the boats – do it and not do it. He was very much excited to do the event. So we decided to meet one of seniors Jerin Shaji for getting the details of the event.

Oh….I forgot to tell, last year(2012) for sCTF, a variant of InCTF, the first prize was bagged by our college team consisting of Karthik, Jerin and Nithin.

Jerin told us many things : How they prepared, how they participated in the event, about the event format. He also gave us tips on how to attack the questions and also told us the techniques they used in the final CTF round.  We collected their last year’s question paper also. He was very supportive in all ways.

Till date two round of InCTF is completed. First round was a “learning round”. They gave us something like 2-3 months to learn few concepts and complete a question paper. The second round was a hands-on hacking round. It had different varieties of questions and most of which were of very high quality. Thanks to the support of all my friends our team “dcoder” got selected into the final round. We finished at 24th position out of 158 teams registered and the end of second round.

It was really great experience in participating in the event. The main thing I have to mention is that I learned few methods and techniques during this event. We also had to stay overnight in our lab during the second round, those were great. Those are the points in your life were you start thinking philosophically and talk like a philosopher. The main reason is that at some point we may be half asleep and wanted to answer to all the questions asked to you. These will be few moments that I will forever keep in my memories.

The more interesting part was that the second round was overlapping our exam time. So we had to it in between the exams. For my last exam I couldn’t even prepare much because I was very much involved in this. After I came back to my room I had a mild fewer also. Everything happened was indicating that I shouldn’t write my exams well(Omen kind of, just saying – I don’t believe in those).

Just excited in participating in the final round… 🙂

New link can be found at abijith-kp.github.io

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jack of all master of none

Starting from ” cout<<“here”; ” to “echo “here”;” , I have tried to learn many programming languages. I think, I was just trying out different style of programming to know with which language was I more comfortable with. After this experiment there came another big problem…… I was not becoming proficient in any of them.
But I got opportunity to try out different types of programming techniques… procedural, object-oriented, functional and some combination of these. At times I have tried some assembly level programming also.

Just make a note that whenever I say “I always wanted to do …” dont misunderstand that I dont want to make those ideas work. But mostly it takes some time. We will talk about this topic later.

C/C++ was the first language that I studied. I always had a soft-corner for it. I remember, in my first class of programming when I was able to get the output without any error (most of the people were in the other group :P), I was so happy that I decided to write more programs of same type (pity on me….). At this point of time when I have realized the actual power of C++, I really wanted to know more about it. As we have started off with the Operating Systems courses at the college I got an opportunity to learn more about it, as well as the internals of Linux OS. I wish to know more about using sql database in a C++ program.

In college, once I had gone for a python workshop, the person who came to take classes was so good and he was able to give all of us, a good idea of the language and what it is all about. It took me more time to start writing programs in it. Before, to get more acquainted with the language I first wrote a program in C++ then converted it to python. It is very easy to work with and is a good language to start off studying programming languages at schools. Now a days I am was trying to make a program using python and glade,

Till the second year of my collage I never understood the difference between functional programming and procedural programming. Since our curriculum had changed that year and the teaching of this language(Scheme) had just started, even the teachers were not able to teach us anything. We studied everything from scratch. It was a very hard time till we wrote our first program. Later when we got adjusted to the system, then it became a piece of cake. Just after that semester while I was talking to a friend of mine who was working at Yahoo,then only I was enlightened with the fact that functional programming is widely used in the field of artificial intelligence and many other fields.

During my last vacations I have started to work on php-mysql programming. Its very good to know how the Internet and websites work and I wanted to make some contributions to it myself. I have started to design a website, an online e-book library. All the registered members will be given privileges to upload new books, tag them and make changes to it. There will also be some people who will work as a censorship team which keeps an eye on all the uploaded content. Shortly I will be putting the source code for this website too.

Same time in which I was working in php I had a glimpse of how to program in android also. I have started to develop an application which can be used to track a person using a GPS system. I have to work more on this topic. Will be writing more on this later.

I have always felt great while programming anything, because the joy that you get after the program is executed and we get a correct answer, cannot be explained in words…… 🙂