The Underhanded C Contest is back

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by xcottcraver@gmail.com, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. Guest

    Greetings,

    After a four (?) year hiatus, the Underhanded C Contest is back at underhanded.xcott.com.

    The goal of the Underhanded C Contest is writing short, clear, obvious and readable C code that somehow does something evil, in a manner that is not obvious when staring at the source code. It is meant to be a humorous demonstration of the limits of informal code review.

    This year's challenge is bypassing privacy levels in a social network. Thecontest opens today, April 1st, and ends July 4th. The prize is a gift certificate to ThinkGeek dot com.

    --S
    , Apr 2, 2013
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  2. Guest

    Hi,

    Apparently the "slashdot effect" caused Mochahost to screw up the contest web site in a way that they don't know how to fix.

    I have copied the core contest material (contest rules and 2009 winners) to my university web page, in the mean time. Find it here:

    http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~scraver/underhanded/

    I apologize for the inconvenience.

    --S
    , Apr 3, 2013
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  3. Guest

    Hi again,

    The contest is back online at underhanded.xcott.com.

    It turns out that someone at Mochahost responded to the Slashdot traffic surge by adding a filtering rule to time-out on any HTTP request containing "underhanded" as a substring. Setting "underhanded" as the user agent caused a time-out, having an "underhanded" subdirectory caused a time-out, etc.

    --S
    , Apr 4, 2013
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