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Saving Custom Challenges to the Challenge Library - Admin

This KB article will cover how to save custom challenges to your personal Challenge Library in CloudCTF. If you have not yet created a CloudCTF environment, please see Creating a CloudCTF Environment and Launching a CloudCTF Environment.

CTF Admins must navigate to the Admins page in order to create and save a challenge to your challenge library. Challenges that are saved to your personal challenge library will be made available for you to use in other CTF competitions, and will not be visible to other CTF Admins. While custom challenges can be created directly on the Challenges page, as shown in this article, they cannot be saved directly to your challenge library. To save a custom challenge to the library, please follow the steps below.

1. First, please navigate to the Admins page by clicking on Admins, as shown in the image below.

The Admins page can be found at the top of the screen, as the rightmost option.

2. Next, please click on Library to navigate to your personal challenge library in CloudCTF.

The Library page is located under the Admins header, as the rightmost option.

Add an Entry to the Challenge Library

1. To add a custom challenge to the library, please click on the plus icon, as shown in the image below.

The plus icon is located at the right side of the screen.

2. You will then be presented with the Add a Library Entry window that will allow you to create your custom challenge. Please make sure that the flag icon has been selected on the left-hand side of the window to begin adding general information about the challenge. For details on adding general challenge information, please go here.

The Flag icon is located at the left side of the window.

3. Next, please select the Artifacts and Hints icon as shown in the image below. To learn more about adding artifacts and hints, please go here.

The Artifacts and Hints Icon is located at the left side of the screen, under the Flag Icon.

4. After you have successfully added any artifacts and hints to the challenge, please click on the Advanced Settings gear icon. You will then be able to adjust your challenge category and set a limit on the number of challenge attempts. For more information on adding a category and limiting the number of attempts, please go here.

The Advanced Settings Icon is located at the left side of the screen, under the Artifacts and Hints Icon.

5. Next, please select the Tags icon to begin adding KU/KSA tags to your challenge. For more information on adding challenge tags, please go here.

The Tags Icon can be found on the left side of the screen, underneath the Advanced Settings Icon.

6. After you have finished editing your custom challenge, please click on Confirm to add your challenge to the library.

The Confirm button is located on the bottom right of the window.

Viewing Your Custom Library Entries

Once you have successfully added your custom challenge to your challenge library, you will be able to view it in the library entry window as shown in the example below. Each library entry will contain the following:

  • Challenge Name - The title of your custom challenge.
  • Category - The category may be set as one of the default categories, a custom category you created, or as "uncategorized" if you did not specify a challenge category.
  • Status - The status indicator will inform you of whether the challenge is a personal library entry or a global entry. Currently, all challenges created by CTF Admins will be personal library entries that are not visible to other admins within your organization.
  • Correct Flag Submissions - This indicator will provide CTF Admins with a visual representation of the percentage of successful solves for a particular challenge. For example, if 50% of the challenge attempts are unsuccessful and 50% are successful, the challenge will be rated at 2 1/2 stars for successful attempts.
  • Appearance - This feature gives CTF Admins the ability to to see how many times their challenges appear in CTF environments. If multiple CTF compeitions have been provisioned with the same custom challenge made available to players, this number will be incremented to show that.

Note: To add your custom challenge to a CTF, please navigate to the main Challenges page and then see this article for more information.

The Challenge, Category, Status, Correct Flag Submissions, and Appearance columns can be found under the Challenge Library header.

Editing or Deleting an Entry in the Challenge Library

1. To edit or delete a Challenge Library entry, please click on the gear icon as shown in the image below.

The Gear Icon can be found to the left of the Challenge column.

2. Next, please select either Edit or Delete. To learn more about editing a challenge, please go here.

Note: Deleting a challenge from the library is unrecoverable, so please be sure that you no longer need the challenge before selecting Delete.

The Edit and Delete options can be found under the Gear Icon after it has been clicked, in a dropdown list.

More on Challenge Management

If you are interested in learning more about managing challenges in CloudCTF, please see CloudCTF Challenge Management for more details. Our Challenge Management article links to topics such as creating and saving custom challenges, adding challenge hints and flags, understanding challenge statistics, and other advanced challenge management features.

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