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Root the Box will be returning Saturday, May 7th at CactusCon 2016 inside the Phoenix Convention Center!

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4-7-2016: Root the Box XI

Root the Box X will be held live May 7th at CactusCon 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (The second day of the conference, not the first) Bring your laptop and join us 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM at Phoenix Convention Center for a fun, free, and accessible team-based computer security challenge targeted towards beginner and intermediate level hackers.

What should I bring to Root the Box XI?

At a minimum, bring the following

  • Your laptop
  • An ethernet cable, preferably ~6ft.
  • Wi-Fi hacking gear*


* = There will be a Wi-Fi hacking challenge this year, so bring your Wi-Fi hacking gear. If you don't have any (or forget yours) there will be some to borrow from the organizers.

We recommend downloading any security tools you may need before the competition. Root the Box focuses primarily on web application and network security.

Teams of 4!

Bring three of your friends and hack the planet. If you don't have enough hackers for a full team or want to come solo, that's cool too. Just come by and we can put you on a team. Want to hack everything all on your own? Go for it!

For more information, follow @rootthebox.

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11-23-2013: New Website

The new Root the Box site is live! We think it looks amazing and would like to say thanks to David Mayman for all of his sleepless nights! Tell us what you think of the new site on Twitter.

12-09-2014: Version 0.6.0

A major update has just been merged into master! Version 0.6.0 brings a lot of cool new features and fixes. I`ve added a content-security-policy, improved the command line interface, as well as added support for Pypy just to name a few. Could be a few bumps in the new code, so if you run into any be sure to file a bug report on GitHub!

Coming Soon

This area is in the works, stay tuned!


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Is Root the Box open source?

Yes, Root the Box is distributed under the Apache v2 open source license. We also welcome code contributions, and bug fixes. Fork us on Github.

What language is Root the Box written in?

Root the Box is primarily written in Python using the Torando web framework. The database layer uses SQL Alchmey and the front-end contains a good bit of JavaScript.

Where are the docs?

There is some documentation on our GitHub wiki and we're adding more all the time. The source code is also quite heavily documented internally using Python's docstrings.

Does Root the Box support Pypy?

Version 0.6.0 and later offically suport PyPy.

Where and when is Root the Box X?

Date: March 13th, 2015
Location: CactusCon 2015 at ASU Memorial Union - Tempe, AZ
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

What is Root the Box X?

Root the Box is a CTF-style computer security competition which is aimed at beginner to intermediate-level participants. Teams will compete to solve a series of realistic web and network-based security challenges. Each challenge, or "Box" contain flags which earn points when submitted to the Root the Box scoring engine. The team with the most points at the end of the competition is the winner.

How many participants are on a team?

A team can have up to 4 members, although you are welcome to try by yourself. If you'd like to be placed on a team, Root the Box staff will do their best to coordinate teams the day of the event.

Root The Box

A Game of Hackers

The scoring engine is the central piece of the Root the Box project. The goal of the scoring engine is to create a reusable piece of software that can be used by schools and other small organizations to easily start and run their own CTFs. The scoring engine aims to provide real-time game data and better enable team collaboration.

developed by @LittleJoeTables (moloch)