Our mission at Offensive Security is to empower the world to fight cyber threats by inspiring the Try Harder mindset. To get there, we aim to build a global community of like minded, passionate people who can treat other members as a family, act with integrity, and constantly challenge themselves to create new ideas and adapt. As a new community member, we expect you to live up to Our Values and respect our Academic Policy.
We encourage you to share your experience with the community! For PG Practice machines, please refrain from engaging in any activity that would give away information about the targets.
While we recognize there are multiple ways to do things dishonestly, there is only one way to do it right. Aim for that!
IN THE LAB
Every student has access to private machines that allow you to start one machine at a time without having to worry that other users will access it during your interaction.
Flag values are dynamically generated when you start a machine and are destroyed when the machine is stopped. That means you should submit flag values while the machine is still running. While students come with different experiences affecting the time to exploit a machine, we expect that a student will need to work a machine for a minimum of 15 minutes to get the flag values.Machines come with walkthroughs and hints to unblock aspiring students, but our expectation is for you to try harder and figure it out with as little help as possible. As such, we ask you to work on a machine for at least 1.5 hours before being able to view hints and walkthroughs.
After you’ve worked on or successfully exploited a machine, we would love to hear your feedback!
Proving Grounds Play is FREE to all registered users. It provides access to our growing pool of free, community submitted machines for 3 hours over a 24 hour window. You can access these machines under the Play tab. Any machine that has been started will be closed once you reach this limit and your access to the lab will be closed.
The Proving Grounds Practice subscription provides you with unlimited access* to the Practice lab, one machine at a time, that contains Windows and Linux based machines developed by the OffSec team and includes unrestricted access* to Proving Grounds Play community machines.
*While we do not intend to restrict your access to machines, we would also like to ensure that resources are used in an efficient way. If your connection is closed, the system will also close the running machine. The machine will also close automatically after 12 hours.