RuCTFE is an annual online international challenge in information security. It was held for 3 times already: 2011, 2010 and 2009.

The contest is driven by classic rules. Each team gets a virtual machine image containing the set of vulnerable services. Once in a while the jury fills services with private information — the flags. The goal of each team is to find vulnerabilities, fix them on their server and exploit them in order to get flags from other teams. Please refer to the rules page and Wikipedia article for slightly more info.

RuCTFE 2012 starts November 24, 2012 at 15:00 UTC and will last for 8 hours. The registration is open from October 22 to the start of the competition. We provide 150 registration slots. For now we have 147 registered teams divided in 3 initial groups. Groups assignment can be reached on Participants page.

Sign up to our Google Group and follow us on Twitter to be in touch with the latest news. You can also join our official IRC-channel for fun and profit.


RuCTFE 2012 prize fund is 3584 US dollars, which is 2 times bigger than last year. Winner takes $2048, second place takes $1024, the third place takes $512.


Date Event
22 Oct 2012 15:00 UTC RuCTFE 2012 is officially announced. Registration is opened.
17 Nov 2012 VPN is up. The teams may start to set up their VPN.
21 Nov 2012 18:00 UTC The draw.
23 Nov 2012 15:00 UTC The teams should have their VPN configured and running.
24 Nov 2012 15:00 UTC Vulnerable box password is provided. Teams are able to run their servers and start digging for vulns.
24 Nov 2012 16:00 UTC Network is opened. Checksystem starts to post flags.
24 Nov 2012 19:00 UTC Groups rearrangement.
25 Nov 2012 00:00 UTC End of the challenge.

All times are in UTC. Please check with UTC clock.

Game images and network

Testbox image (md5) needed to check your VPN setup. GPG Key: RuCTFE_2012_Testimage

Vulnbox image (md5) is essential to the game. Make sure you have downloaded it before competition starts.

Network status page reflects the current status of teams. Make sure your team is up before competition starts.

Game monitor.

Developers and Sponsors

RuCTFE is organized and developed by team HackerDom of Ural Federal University. We have put our best people into development of RuCTFE 2012, provided them with warm and cozy development environment, pizza from BlackPizzaHut and cola from NukeCola, and also offered money prizes for the winners.

Not less important is the contribution of our two constant partners — SKB Kontur, who generously offered money prizes, and Yandex, who provided game infrastructure servers and bandwidth.

We are still looking for sponsors. Please contact us if you have something that will make this year contest even better.