Hack2Win – Code Blue 3rd Edition

Hi everyone,

We are excited to announce our 3rd Hack2Win Code Blue competition!

This year we have changed the format, raised the difficulty level and increased the prizes.

The goal of the event is to find who can gain the highest privileges on any of the target software and hardware.

Prizes for this contest will total $50,000 USD!

In the new format we have:

  • 3 categories, in each category we will have a 2 products from different vendors
  • Each category has different prizes
  • Each category’s highest prize will be given to the first eligible submission
  • A Quadcopter will be given to one participant who will be “the best of the show”

Category 1 – CMS

  • WAN RCE – 10,000$ USD
  • Information disclosure that leads to password disclosure / Authentication bypass – 5,000$ USD
  • Pre-Authenticated XSS / Rest password – 2,500$ USD


(*) Each of those plugins has at least 900K active installations

(**) Each of those plugins has at least 500K active installations

Category 2 – Routers

  • WAN RCE – 10,000$ USD
  • LAN RCE / Information disclosure that leads to password disclosure / Authentication bypass – 5,000$ USD
  • Rest password – 2,500$ USD


Category 3 – NAS

  • WAN RCE – 5,000$ USD
  • LAN RCE / Information disclosure that leads to password disclosure / Authentication bypass – 2,500$ USD
  • Rest password – 1,250$ USD


Judging Criteria

  • New – the attack uses an unknown vulnerability (no record of it can be found on Google, Exploit-DB, etc)
  • Complex – what was required to reach a successful attack
  • Innovative – we regard an RCE as more innovative than SQLi, for example
  • LAN or WAN – more points if the attack comes from the WAN side
  • What is gained – we give no initial access to the challengers, so any type of access is an achievement. Of course, a guest level access would be considered less valuable than root
  • Write-up Quality – how well is the write up (in English): including details, explanations, etc

Device Settings
All the devices will be factory reset – i.e. default settings, and the only non-default setting would be the password for the ‘admin’ (or equivalent) account as documented in the product’s user guide, and the WiFi password (if applicable).

What counts as ‘hacked’
A device would be considered ‘hacked’ if the participant can prove they:

  • Gained access to the device’s post-authentication admin web interface (remember – you will not be given any credentials)
  • Changed some configuration value, like the WiFi password
  • Made the device do something it’s not supposed to do: like execute code, or open a port/service which was previously closed (like SSH, telnet, etc)

What we won’t count as a ‘hacked’

  • Causing a malfunction to the device, DoS / XSS / CSRF, making it unresponsive, making it no longer boot, etc
  • Usage of any known method of hacking – known methods including anything that we can find on Google/Bing/exploit-db/etc – this includes: documented default password (that cannot be changed), known vulnerabilities/security holes

The contest is open to anyone who is at the legal age to receive a contest prize in your country, if you are not allowed to receive prizes – and please make sure to check this before participating – you may want to team up with a person that is eligible.

The contest is not allowed to anyone working for one of the vendors, or is involved in development of the above devices.

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