Both IDA and Decompiler extensions are welcome!

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Reverse engineering and analyzing software are difficult. It is challenging even with the top of the line tools like IDA: quite frequently, the limitations of the tool reveal themselves. That's why IDA can be programmed in multiple ways: with the built-in scriptable language, with Python/Perl/Ruby, and with plugins in C/C++.

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More elaborate rules and other fine print

  1. The contest goal is to create an innovative, interesting, and useful extension for IDA and/or the Decompiler. The extension can be written on any language. C, C++, Python, IDC, Perl, Ruby are most welcome.
  2. The winners of the contest get a cash prize (1900 USD, 950 USD, and 450 USD).
  3. All IDA license holders can participate (with or without active support plan), except Hex-Rays employees and their families.
  4. How to participate: just send the plugin to contest2014@hex-rays.com. The submission should include the source code and a small description on how to use the plugin.
  5. By submitting an entry you declare that you own the copyright to the source code or you are authorized to use it.
  6. The contest duration: your entries should reach us before 16 September 2014 (Belgian time). We will process the entries and declare the winners within one week.
  7. Hex-Rays shall decide the winners.
  8. What will be asked from the winners: a proper and legal picture identification and bank account information within 30 days of notification of winning. The bank transfer will be made within two weeks after authenticating the winner.
  9. Collective entries are allowed. The prize will be paid to the person designated by the group.
  10. The winners will be listed on the 'Hall of Fame' web page. The winner may request Hex-Rays not to disclose his/her real name on that page.