Hacker's Hut (TU/e and telelecturing at the RU)

Who gives this course:

Semester 1, Quartile 2. Course code: 2IMS20

Time: on Tuesdays, hours 5 and 6 (13.45 -- 15.30) and Thursdays, hours 3 and 4 (10:45 -- 12:30)



Student from Nijmegen have to be enrolled at the TU/e, and enroll using OASE (oase.tue.nl).

OWinfo: https://venus.tue.nl/owinfo-cgi/owi_0695.opl?vakcode=2IMS20&studiejaar=&language=EN

Course material

Please check regularly the program of the lectures


Grading will be done via the assignments that will be given during the course; it counts both how many exercises you solve and when (the earlier, the better). The deadline for submitting the solutions to the challenges is TBD. The format string and the command injection challenges are not considered in the grading (they are there only for "fun"). How the course is graded requires a bit of explanation.

Hacker's Hut Grading Explained

v02 21/8/2014

The grading of the HH course is done with specific exercises. We have two group of them: a) the challenges b) the optional additional tasks

The Challenges The challenges count for 90% of the final grade. Challenges are thoroughly explained during the lectures. Students are expected to complete at least some of them at seclab?.win.tue.nl:8080.

We do NOT expect students to be able to solve all the challenges. Many of the challenges are very difficult; in particular, the Format String Challenges are completely facultative and not counted in the final grade.

When grading the challenges, we take into consideration when a challenge is solved: solving a challenge the days after it has been made available counts for the full score. Solving a challenge just before the final deadline counts much less. The earlier you solve the challenge, the higher the score. If you solve a challenge within 1 or 2 weeks from the moment it was open , then you get the full points. Afterwards, you get a lower score. I do not have a precise algorithm for that, but it decreases linearly. Finishing them before the end of the year will likely give you at least 60 percent of the grade (per challenge). Finishing them in January will cost you more or less 50 percent of the score.

The Additional Tasks Additional tasks are facultative, and their availability is limited, so they are reserved to the best students (you will not be able to get a 10 for the course unless you carry out an additional task as well).

Look at the slides for the available additional tasks (we have two of them)

Availability for the additional tasks is limited (we cannot have all students giving a presentation), and if there are more requests than places available, I'll have to make a choice based on an intermediate evaluation done on December 6 (this intermediate evaluation is going to be based on the score you have realized on the Webapplication challenges you have solved by December 6).