Teaching with angr: A Symbolic Execution Curriculum and CTF


Jacob Springer and Wu-chang Feng, Portland State University


Symbolic execution is an essential tool in modern program analysis and vulnerability discovery. The technique is used to both find and fix vulnerabilities as well as to identify and exploit them. In order to ensure that symbolic execution tools are used more for the former, rather than the latter, we describe a curriculum and a set of scaffolded, polymorphic, "capture-the-flag" (CTF) exercises that have been developed to help students learn and utilize the technique to help ensure the software they produce is secure.

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@inproceedings {219726,
author = {Jacob Springer and Wu-chang Feng},
title = {Teaching with angr: A Symbolic Execution Curriculum and {CTF}},
booktitle = {2018 {USENIX} Workshop on Advances in Security Education ({ASE} 18)},
year = {2018},
address = {Baltimore, MD},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/ase18/presentation/springer},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},