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I see a lot of 'what the participants have to do' and 'what the participants have to give away', but I don't see anywhere what the winner/s of the contest would win in all this. Where can I find that information? in order to decide if it is worth participating or not.
Thanks in advance.
On Jan 11, 2010, at 11:05 AM, Anthony Desnos wrote:
> iAWACS 2010 : Rules of the PWN2KILL contest
> The PWN2KILL Contest aims at performing a comparative evaluation of
> antivirus software against actual threats.
> An actual threat can be defined as any threat that is operationnally
> viable. The
> purpose is to show that given fixed actual malware threats, the
> existing antivirus software are of inequal quality. While a few of
> are able
> to proactively detect unknown malware using known malware techniques,
> most of
> them are just able to detect most of the known malware (not all of
> Moreover, the in-depth analysis of existing antivirus software shows
> that a
> significant number of malware technique that have been published -- by
> malware writers, researchers in computer security and computer
> -- are
> still not taken into account by commercial antivirus products while
> techniques indeed represent actual threats. Consequently, it is more
> than useful
> for the end user and the final consumer (since AV software are
> that we
> buy) to know which antivirus at the less worst and which are the
> The contest board will be composed of a bailiff, of five professional
> journalists from the computer technical press and of three
> the scientific/hacking community renowned for their personal ethics
> His role will be to record the test results, decide of their validity
> and elect
> the three most efficient attacks.
> The contest will be based on the only admissible approach: the
> experiment and
> the attacker's view.
> The rules are very simple:
> 1.- A number of computers -- each of them with an antivirus
> installed --
> will be available. The environment will be
> - Windows 7 (in a virtual machine for an easy reconfiguration
> - User mode (without privilege).
> - No connection to the Internet (to avoid ``external'' attacks
> manipulation during the contest). However to enable truly
> attacks (input and/or output data), it will be possible upon
> to open temporarily an access to the Internet provided that no
> will be launched from the testing machine towards external
> - Common applications installed (Microsoft suite, OpenOffice
> Pdf reader...). Any additional application can be added upon
> or can be used through personal USB devices.
> - A printer will be available through the network (spec data
> upon request).
> 2.- Each participant will come with his (malware) code(s) to test
> the antivirus software. He can perform any action that a normal
> user can
> do (including rebooting the computer, closing a session, using
> devices...). In case of ``proactive'' warning from the operating
> or from any application, the user is free to follow them or not.
> Any user
> has not to be an expert in computers in order to evaluate and
> technical warnings that sometimes refers to normal behaviours.
> As an
> example, warnings like ``an application is attempting to become
> Do you allow it?'' has no meaning for a grandmother using a
> She is free to allow it!
> 3.- In order to make a comparative and fair testing, any code must
> against ALL antivirus selected for the challenge. The test will
> in two step~: first the code(s) will be scanned (on demand
> then used as intended (on-access analysis).
> 4.- Any participant will have first to announce what effect/attack
> to perform. The board will decide whether this attack is
> admissible or
> not. An admissible attack is an attack which affect
> integrity and/or confidentiality of the system and/or the data
> system, user data...).
> 5.- Any participant will have to write a short technical summary
> of his
> attack(s) which will be published on the iAWACS website. He will
> have to
> present his attack(s) during the contest debriefing. A copy of
> its code
> will be given to the organizers of the challenge.
> For fairness purposes, no participants working for any AV company or
> company sharing common interest with AV companies, will be allowed to
> participate. Any participant will thus have to sign an assessment form
> confirming he is not working for such companies.
> The organizers of iAWACS 2010 and of the PWN2KILL challenge have
> selected the
> following antivirus software:
> -- Avast
> -- AVG
> -- Avira
> -- BitDefender
> -- DrWeb
> -- FSecure
> -- GData
> -- Kasperky
> -- McAfee
> -- Microsoft AV
> -- NOD 32
> -- Norton Symantec
> -- Trend Micro
> Only commercial licences will be tested -- in other words they will be
> anonymously bought in public stores/website (no demo or free version).
> The antivirus will be updated right before the beginning of the
> The organizers will publish a technical summary of the results once
> by the contest board. No communication will be done directly towards
> the AV
> vendors. Only a technical communication and press conference will be
> during the iAWACS event. A technical summary will be available on the
> website. The complete data and codes collected will be communicated
> to the
> French CERT-A for analysis and feedbacks. No code will be neither
> published nor
> Any participant is free to communicate later on about his test/code/
> performed during the contest. In this case, iAWACS organizers are not
> responsible for that communication.
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