Proj 15: PicoCTF 2014 (20 pts.)

What You Need

Any computer with a Web browser.


To solve hacking puzzles similar to those in Capture The Flag competitions. The "Pico CTF" learning tool was created by the best CTF team in the world, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Registering an Account

In a Web browser, go to

Click the "Register Now" button.

Fill in the form. Click the "Create a New Team" button.

Scroll down. Fill in a Team Name and a Passphrase.

Click the Register button.

Playing the Game

At the top left, click Game.

A graphical game window fills slowly. In principle, you can walk around and play the game that way, but when I tried it that part of the game did not work well. I recommend scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the "Switch to the basic problem viewer" button, as shown below.

Solve Four Challenges

Solve some of the challenges. There are a lot of them, but for this project just solve any 4 of them.

When you have done that, capture an image showing Solved on the right side of the page, as shown below.

You get 5 pts. for each Solved, up to a maximum of 20 pts.

Saving a Screen Image

Make sure the "Solved" messages are visible.

Press the PrintScrn key to copy the whole desktop to the clipboard.


Paste the image into Paint.

Save the document with the filename "YOUR NAME Proj 15", replacing "YOUR NAME" with your real name.

Solving More Challenges

If you want to continue, see project X15.

Turning in your Project

Email the image to with the subject line: Proj 15 from YOUR NAME
Updated 3-9-17