Application Security
6/3/2014
04:05 PM
Sara Peters
Sara Peters
Quick Hits
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

DARPA Announces Teams For First Cyber Grand Challenge

DEF CON 2016 will host the final competition for DARPA's first-of-its-kind tournament for developing automated security systems that can fight against cyber attacks as fast as they are launched.

Thirty-five teams of security researchers have signed up to compete in DARPA's first Grand Cyber Challenge, a two-year project to develop better systems that can automatically react to security attacks. DARPA describes it as "the first computer security tournament designed to test the wits of machines, not experts." The project will culminate with a capture the flag competition at DEF CON 2016.

As described in the announcement today:

'Today’s security methods involve experts working with computerized systems to identify attacks, craft corrective patches and signatures and distribute those correctives to users everywhere -- a process that can take months from the time an attack is first launched,' said Mike Walker, DARPA program manager. 'The only effective approach to defending against today’s ever-increasing volume and diversity of attacks is to shift to fully automated systems capable of discovering and neutralizing attacks instantly.'

The Grand Cyber Challenge is DARPA's effort to accelerate that process.

To create a safe, isolated test/dev lab for the competitors, DARPA today released an open-source Linux extension, called DECREE, that is "incompatible with any other software in the world." It is also developing custom data-visualization technology that will enable spectators across the globe to follow the action.

Although the competitors have all committed themselves to a two-year project, the spoils of victory are considerable. The first-place prize is $2 million. Second place is $1 million and third-place is $750,000.

There's still time to sign up. Registration closes November 2.

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
AaronM283
50%
50%
AaronM283,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/5/2014 | 9:45:34 AM
Spectators
Sara was there any other information regardin?

"It is also developing custom data-visualization technology that will enable spectators across the globe to follow the action."

 
Sara Peters
50%
50%
Sara Peters,
User Rank: Author
6/5/2014 | 12:28:48 PM
Re: Spectators
@AaronM283  I'm afraid I haven't seen any further information about the visualization tool they're developing, but I'll poke around and see what I can find.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Must Reads - September 25, 2014
Dark Reading's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of identity and access management. Learn about access control in the age of HTML5, how to improve authentication, why Active Directory is dead, and more.
Flash Poll
DevOps’ Impact on Application Security
DevOps’ Impact on Application Security
Managing the interdependency between software and infrastructure is a thorny challenge. Often, it’s a “developers are from Mars, systems engineers are from Venus” situation.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-5485
Published: 2014-09-30
registerConfiglet.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via unspecified vectors, related to the admin interface.

CVE-2012-5486
Published: 2014-09-30
ZPublisher.HTTPRequest._scrubHeader in Zope 2 before 2.13.19, as used in Plone before 4.3 beta 1, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers via a linefeed (LF) character.

CVE-2012-5487
Published: 2014-09-30
The sandbox whitelisting function (allowmodule.py) in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote authenticated users with certain privileges to bypass the Python sandbox restriction and execute arbitrary Python code via vectors related to importing.

CVE-2012-5488
Published: 2014-09-30
python_scripts.py in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1 allows remote attackers to execute Python code via a crafted URL, related to createObject.

CVE-2012-5489
Published: 2014-09-30
The App.Undo.UndoSupport.get_request_var_or_attr function in Zope before 2.12.21 and 3.13.x before 2.13.11, as used in Plone before 4.2.3 and 4.3 before beta 1, allows remote authenticated users to gain access to restricted attributes via unspecified vectors.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
In our next Dark Reading Radio broadcast, we’ll take a close look at some of the latest research and practices in application security.