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The First Honeyd Challenge

From: Niels Provos <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 00:26:33 -0500

With the release of Honeyd 0.5 over the weekend, I am pleased to also
announce the first Honeyd challenge!

Honeyd is a virtual honeypot running as a small daemon to create
virtual hosts on a network. The hosts can be configured to run
arbitrary services, and their personality can be adapted so that they
appear to be running certain operating systems.

The goal of this challenge is to develop interesting feature additions
to Honeyd. Possible improvements are forensic analysis tools for
Honeyd log files, passive fingerprinting of connections, realistic
routing topologies, etc. Your submissions will be judged by a panel
of experienced volunteers, rated, and shared with the security

We are able to award prizes to the best submissions. Top prizes
include a free pass to CanSecWest/core03 including a free hotel room
for up to four days, a $200 and a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
Furthermore, the top ten entries receive a copy of Lance Spitzner's
new book "Honeypots: Tracking Hackers," signed by Lance and me. Judges

 - Mike Clark
 - Job de Haas
 - Niels Provos
 - Rain Forest Puppy
 - Lance Spitzner

The challenge officially begins on Monday the 17th of February. You
have four weeks to complete your submissions. Please, send your
results no later than 24:00 GMT, Friday, March 14th. Submissions will
be judged and released on Friday the 21th of March. More information
on the challenge and submission requirements can be found at

All questions, concerns, and submissions should be sent with a subject
including "Honeyd Challenge" to


We hope that you have fun with this challenge. Our ultimate goal is
to show the usefulness of tools like Honeyd, allow you to improve your
understanding and share the lessons learned.

  Niels Provos.
Received on Mon Feb 17 2003 - 09:28:17 PST

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