Nullcon HackIM 2013 CTF – Trivia 100/200/400/500 Write ups

Trivia 100
What feature, introduced in DirectX 11, makes in-game textures appear rounder and better defined?

Answer [from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectX#DirectX_11]:

Microsoft unveiled DirectX 11 at the Gamefest 08 event in Seattle, with the major scheduled features including GPGPU support (DirectCompute), and Direct3D11 with tessellation support.

So the flag for Trivia 100 was: tessellation

 

 

Trivia 200
What socket was used in the first Sandy Bridge chips?

We got the answer from Wikipedia.

The flag for Trivia 200 was: lga1155

 

 

Trivia 400
What is an emergent micro-cooling solution that operates similarly to conventional heat pipe technology known as?

When Googling for “emergent micro-cooling solution” a result to this page appeared, but its content was no longer available. However, the snippet that Google shows was:

An emergent micro-cooling solution that operates similarly to conventional heat pipe tech: Nanochamber; Nanowick; Nanotransferance; Nanocycle. Can a Z68 …

And the flag for Trivia 400 was: nanowick

 

 

Trivia 500
What is the first 4 bytes in a neXT fat binary?

By Googling for “next fat binary magic” we found the answer in this website.

So the flag for Trivia 500 was: cafebabe

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