October 25, 2021


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Announcing the Seventh Annual Flare-On Challenge

Announcing the Seventh Annual Flare-On Challenge

The Front Line Applied Research
& Expertise (FLARE) team is honored to announce that the popular
Flare-On challenge will return for a triumphant seventh year. Ongoing
global events proved no match against our passion for creating
challenging and fun puzzles to test and hone the skills of aspiring
and experienced reverse engineers.

The contest will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2020. This is a
CTF-style challenge for all active and aspiring reverse engineers,
malware analysts and security professionals. The contest runs for six
full weeks and ends at 8:00 p.m. ET on Oct. 23, 2020.

This year’s contest features a total of 11 challenges in a variety
of formats, including Windows, Linux, Python, VBA and .NET. This is
one of the only Windows-centric CTF contests out there and we have
crafted it to closely represent the challenges faced by our FLARE team
on a daily basis.

If you are skilled and dedicated enough to complete the seventh
Flare-On challenge, you will receive a prize and recognition on the
Flare-On website for your accomplishment. Prize details will be
revealed later, but as always, it will be worthwhile swag to earn the
envy of your peers. In previous years we sent out belt buckles,
replica police badges, challenge coins, medals and huge pins.

Check the Flare-On website for a
live countdown timer, to view the previous year’s winners, and to
download past challenges and solutions for practice. For official news
and information, we will be using the Twitter hashtag: #flareon7.