The 2014 edition of PlaidCTF was excellent, but I wish we’d been able to make it through more challenges. We cleared about 7 challenges, but really only two of them felt worth writing up. The others have been well documented elsewhere, no sense in rewriting the same thing.

I liked how the challenges often required a series of exploits/techniques, this is much like what happens in the real world. I do wish I had spent more time on binary exploitation, attempting to get a solution to __nightmares_\_ burned a lot of time.

Plaid’s website post-mortem is also a good read, interesting to see the things involved in running a CTF.

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