Tools for the course Proactive Computer Security at DIKU
pcstools - exploit toolkit for the PCS course
pcstools is an exploit development library heavily inspired by https://pwntools.com/.
It supports both Python 2.7 and Python 3.3+.
Our documentation is available at pcstools.readthedocs.io
Pcstools is pure Python library and should be supported on most platforms. It should even work on non-linux platforms. However Pcstools is currently being developed exclusively on debian-based systems, so bugs might be encountered. If this happens, be sure to file an issue!
To install on debian-based systems, do the following:
# For usage with Python 2.7 apt update apt install python-pip pip2 install --upgrade pcstools # For usage with Python 3.3+ apt update apt install python3-pip pip3 install --upgrade pcstools
How is this project related to pwntools
Pcstools is not directly related to pwntools (though some of the developers overlap), however the goals of the two projects are very different.
Pwntools tries to be the best possible exploitation library with a particular focus on CTFs. While it does prioritize readability, learnability and doing things the "normal python way", those values are occationally sacrifized in the name of productivity (for the exploit developer), performance or advanced features.
This is not the case for Pcstools. Pcstools tries to be a normal python library that is easy to learn and easy to understand. The target user is someone new to exploitation that just wants to avoid too much boilerplate. We have deliberately omitted many features, as we believe that they should not be introduced until the basics have been covered.
Why the name "Pcstools"?
Pcstools has been developed with a particular target audience in mind: The students taking the course "Proactive Computer Security" at the Department of Computer Science at Copenhagen University.
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