[Owasp-hackademic-challenges] GSoC2012

Bob Davies tyggerbob at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 18:26:41 UTC 2012

One of my co-workers was identifying that there were still some
outstanding issues in the current defect list:
that need to be addressed, and that this might be a good thing to work
on before exploring other issues.

2012/4/2 kyle phillipeck <kphill42 at gmail.com>:
> Hi Alex,
> I would love to take a look into your regex and see if I could extend them
> and find a powerful solution that allowed for more flexibility in the
> current challenges!
> As for the inconsistencies between the front-end and different browsers do
> you think that submitting a list of things that don't appear right on the
> live version to the google code repository would be an acceptable way to
> bring them to everyone's attention?
> Thanks for your time,
> Kyle
> On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM, A Papanikolaou <alpapanik at teilar.gr> wrote:
>> Hi Kyle!
>> Thank your for your interest in Hackademic Challenges!
>> I remember I had discovered myself some inconsistencies between Firefox
>> and Internet Explorer that I fixed, but I didn't have the time to
>> perform an extensive test with additional browsers too. So, making a
>> list of them would be the first step towards getting them fixed.
>> During the lab classes, I had also noticed that the students were
>> struggling with some of the hard-coded answers, because they couldn't
>> get an exact match. So, I wrote some regular expressions to make it
>> slightly more flexible (able to ignore spaces, case-insensitive where
>> applicable and able to deal with JavaScript's optional ';' at the end), but
>> I think they had only been incorporated in the Greek version. So, if you
>> wish to deal with this topic, please let me know, so as to supply you with
>> my regex, in order to extend them, test them and incorporate them into the
>> challenges.
>> Best regards,
>> Alex
>> On 2/4/2012 10:08 πμ, Konstantinos Papapanagiotou wrote:
>>> 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, Kostas
>>> 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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>> Dr Alexandros Papanikolaou (PhD)
>> Technological Educational Institute of Larissa
>> Dept of Computer Science & Telecommunications
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