Monday, June 17, 2019

The 7th Annual Volatility Plugin Contest & the 2nd Annual Volatility Analysis Contest!

It’s that time again! We are happy to announce that the 2019 Volatility Plugin Contest and the 2019 Volatility Analysis Contest are now accepting submissions until October 1, 2019. Winners of each contest will be receiving over 2500 USD in cash prizes and, of course, the highly coveted Volatility swag (t-shirts, stickers, etc.)!

Volatility Plugin Contest

Heading into its seventh year, the Volatility Plugin Contest encourages research and development in the field of memory analysis. The contest provides an opportunity for people to get industry-wide visibility for their work, put groundbreaking capabilities immediately into the hands of investigators, and contribute back to the open source forensics community. Not to mention, the opportunity to win cash and prizes!

If you are looking for inspiration for the Volatility Plugin Contest, check out the previous results.

Volatility Analysis Contest

Back again for a second year, the Volatility Analysis Contest encourages people to share the creative ways they are using Volatility to augment their analysis efforts. Entries might include techniques for augmenting malware analysis, expediting reverse engineering, finding critical artifacts during an investigation, or triaging new indicators. You can also find a sophisticated malware sample or attack framework and document how Volatility can be used to find its artifacts in memory. The goal here is to write an analysis report detailing how Volatility was used to find relevant artifacts within memory.

If you are looking for ideas, be sure to look back at last year’s noted entries. Previous examples from the Volatility team include: Stuxnet, Phalanx, and Careto.

We would like to thank Volexity and our other sustaining donors for their continued support.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!