Last updated at Tue, 25 Apr 2023 20:38:04 GMT

Got mad skillz? Want mad skillz? This year at Rapid7's annual UNITED Summit, we're hosting a first-of-its-kind Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. Whether you're a noob to hacking or a grizzled pro, you'll emerge from our 25-hour CTF with more knowledge and serious bragging rights. Show off your 1337 abilities by competing for top prizes, or learn how to capture your first ever flag. Read on for details, and if you haven't already done so, register for UNITED!

Our UNITED competition isn't your average CTF. Why? Because this CTF is designed and hosted by the Metasploit team. That means two things: First, if you need a hand learning the ropes or help reverse-engineering an exceptionally tricky flag, you'll have access to the foremost experts in the offensive security field. Second, you'll be the first members of the public to test out the brand new Metasploitable3 Linux vulnerable machine. The Metasploit team has been waiting to debut a Linux version of Metasploitable, and we can't think of a better opportunity than UNITED to do it.


The competition will kick off September 13, 2017 at 1:15 PM EDT at the inaugural workshop in UNITED's Phish, Pwn, and Pivot track: A Hands-on Introduction to Capture the Flag (CTF) Competitions Using Metasploitable (aptly named). Flag-capturing will end at 2:15 PM September 14, when we'll present awards and host discussion on advanced tactics for all the future CTFs you'll be able to dominate.

New to CTF competitions? Be sure to attend the hands-on introduction. Already captured, like, a million flags in your career? You don't need to attend sessions to participate—just connect to the competition infrastructure and get to work! Metasploit experts will be available to all participants during the conference, both in and outside of the sessions.

OK, what can I win?

Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors.

  • Top prize: Two complimentary passes to UNITED 2018, a HAK5 ESSENTIALS FIELD KIT, and a T-shirt.
  • Second place: A HAK5 WIFI PINEAPPLE (NANO Basic) and a T-shirt
  • Third place: A HAK5 USB RUBBER DUCKY and a T-shirt

What do I need to participate?

A desire to learn, perseverance, and a laptop with WiFi capabilities.

You will need to generate an SSH key pair and connect to the competition infrastructure via SSH.

To generate your keys, follow these tutorials:

Never generated an SSH key pair before? We can help you when you arrive! If you are using Windows please download PuTTY and PuTTYgen in advance.

We look forward to seeing you at UNITED 2017 for what's basically guaranteed to be the coolest CTF in the history of flags and competitions. Haven't yet registered for UNITED? Fix that here—or contact your Rapid7 Account Executive or Customer Success Manager.

You can explore more of UNITED 2017's lineup of speakers, trainings, and track sessions here.