Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Cops and Robbers (Sommersemester 2017)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Dr. Feng Cheng (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 28.04.2017
  • Lehrform: Projektseminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA


(last update: 27.02.2017)

This experimental project seminar is about learning and training with the advanced techniques of practical system and network security.

We will have two teams (each with about 4-5 members) defeating each other or the tutoring team within three challenges - with changing roles either as attackers or defenders of a target IT system. For each challenge, the teams will have 4 weeks to prepare their arms: setting up a secure system (under given constraints) for the defenders, choosing and testing recon and penetration tools for the attackers. After preparation, the teams will fight out a supervised Capture-the-Flag live session.

Besides, each participant will select a security relevant topic, do research on it (reading and testing), and give a short presentation (15-20 mins) at the end of the seminar.

Topics for the challenges:

    1. System- and Network Security
    2. Web- and Service/Application Security
    3. The whole bunch

Topics for individual research topics (come later)

Important Notice: We are NOT guiding you for hacking and participation in this seminar could NOT be an excuse for any kinds of your malicious actions towards unauthorized resources over Internet!!!


Good knowledge in

    networking technologies (TCP/IP stack, ...)
    operating systems (memory management, ...)

Strong interest in security and good team-working skills.

If you got interested while seeing this page, please do not wait and just drop a line to Feng (feng.cheng"at"hpi.de) and then come to the first session on April 21, 2017 in H-E.57.


  • Team behavior/performance/presentation/report after each challenge (3 times) (85%)
  • Individual technical Presentation (15-20 mins) on a selected topic (1 time) (15%)
  • Intensive collaboration and discussion within the teams and challenges (bonus)


  •    21.04.2017 - Introduction & Teambuilding
  •    19.05.2017 - Challenge 1
  •    16.06.2017 - Challenge 2
  •    30.06.2017 - Challenge 3
  •    14.07.2017 - Individual Presentation