[Owasp-hackademic-challenges] GSoC2012

Konstantinos Papapanagiotou Konstantinos at owasp.org
Mon Apr 2 07:08:55 UTC 2012

Hi Kyle,

Thank you for your interest in Hackademic Challenges. I saw that you
have already submitted a draft of your proposal.

We know that the solutions to the challenges are hard-coded and we
have discussed this issue quite a lot. One of the reasons for this is
that each challenge needs to have a definitive, deterministic
solution. Since Hackademic is used in a classroom environment we want
to be able to control the solutions as much as possible, ie we don't
want every student to be able to come up with a different solution, or
even worse a by-pass. Of course this also sets a lot of limitations.
Anyway, my point is that if we want to introduce solutions based on
regex we need to be very careful as to what we accept as a correct
solution, which requires a lot of brainstorming, work and testing.
Thus, I would propose to focus your proposal on this project rather
than also developing new challenges.
If you still feel that you would like to contribute with new
challenges as well, try to elaborate a bit more on your proposal,
explaining what ideas you have for the new challenges.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with me should you need any further assistance.

Good luck,

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:29 AM, kyle phillipeck
<phillipeckka at appstate.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> My Name is Kyle Phillipeck, I am a junior at Appalachian State University in
> Boone, North Carolina.  Looking at the OWASP Ideas page I took  a more in
> depth look into the hackademic challenges project.
> The front-end had some display errors in chrome where the login and password
> box extended far off of the page.
> The challenges seemed to be loosely organized into groups with only a few
> challenges instead of multiple for each separate group.
> After completing the challenges I looked into the code and noticed that most
> of the challenges were hard-coded answers. I feel that while it still works,
> by having a regular expression you would be able to accommodate for more
> than one specific answer to a challenge.
> I have experience with HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress, MySQL, and I support the
> Open Source Community.  I think that I would be able to take on either
> Project 002- Hackademic challenges frontend or Project 003- developing new
> challenges.
> Kyle Phillipeck
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