Google Summer of Code 2017

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After another great year of Google Summer of Code 2016 and 11 successful student projects, The Honeynet Project and students world-wide were eagerly waiting to hear if Google would decide to run GSoC again. Well the good news is that Google officially announced that Google Summer of Code 2017 would definitely be happening. Go Google!

The GSoC 2017 program starts in February with the first major milestone being the deadline for Mentoring Organization applications by 16:00 UTC on Thursday February 9th. We really enjoyed our experience as a successful mentoring organization (Org) in Google Summer of Code 2009, Google Summer of Code 2010, Google Summer of Code 2011, Google Summer of Code 2012, Google Summer of Code 2013, Google Summer of Code 2015 and Google Summer of Code 2016 so we are very happy to announce that we have once again applied to participate as a mentoring organization in GSoC 2017.

Google will be reviewing mentoring organization applications over the coming days then announcing the official list of participating mentoring Orgs for GSoC 2017 on their web site at 16:00 UTC on February 27th. Usually 300-500 potential mentoring organizations apply, with only 150-200 lucky Orgs being selected, so Org applications are highly competitive.

In the mean time, potential mentoring Orgs will be improving their public project ideas pages, preparing mentors, fielding student questions and keeping their collective fingers crossed in the hope of being selected. Potential GSoC students and other interested parties can view our still under development list of possible project ideas and potential mentors. As in previous years, this list of proposed project ideas is not definitive and (assuming we get selected to participate) will remain a work in progress until GSoC 2017 student applications officially start on March 20th. We are also still open to receiving and mentoring interesting, novel and relevant project ideas received from students, including informal contact before official student applications begin. So if there is a research topic you are interested in working on this summer, please suggest it, or get in touch to discuss it further.

The third and fourth GSoC 2017 milestones (after Org application and Org selection) will be student applications and acceptance. GSoC 2017 student applications begins on March 20th at 16:00 UTC and close on April 3rd at 16:00 UTC. Please make sure you check the official GSoC 2017 timeline carefully if you plan on applying (we should also mention that this page is not authoritative). To avoid disappointment and missed deadlines, if you are a student applying to GSoC this year, please make sure you submit your student application well in advance and don't leave it to the last minute! A good idea is to begin talking to us as soon as Google announces the official list of mentoring Orgs. The sooner is usually the better, although since GSoC is highly competitive for both students and Orgs, we obviously cannot guarantee we will be selected to participate this year. Please bear that in mind when making contact.

On May 4th Google will officially announce the list of approximately 1000 lucky students who will be accepted to participate in GSoC 2017. We very much hope that many of you reading this page will be among that number and about to start working for the summer on another exciting information security project with The Honeynet Project.

Project Ideas Past and Present

You can find our in progress GSoC 2017 ideas page here:

Often students ask us what kind of projects we are likely to be offering in a coming year. If you want to get an idea of the kind of projects ideas we proposed and the accepted projects we ran during GSoC 2009-2016, you can view these here:

Student Application Tips

If you are looking for tips for getting started with GSoC and the Honeynet Project, or want to maximize your chances of success, check out our Student GSoC Application Tips section written by ex-GSoC student and now mentor/org admin Max.

You could also watch previous students Sebastien Popleau present on his Ghost USB Honeypot, Claudio Guarnieri present on Cuckoo sandbox or Maximilian Hils talk on using his HoneyProxy for man-in-the-middle traffic analysis at recent public workshops.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions, please drop by in our Slack chat and say "hi" (note that our members do have to sleep and come from timezones all over the world, so please be patient and wait a few hours if you have a specific question).


GSoC Slack

Organisational Administrators

Our GSoC 2017 organisational administrators this year are:

  • Maximilian Hils (lead, DE)
  • Lukas Rist (DE/NO)
  • Andrea De Pasquale (IT)
  • Tan Kean Siong (MY)
  • Thanh Nguyen (VN)

So with Europe and Asia covered we can hopefully offer students and mentors round the clock support again this year!

Why get involved with the Honeynet Project?

  1. We are an enthusiastic and passionate group of volunteers dedicated to the ideals of open source and sharing our security research and development knowledge with the community
  2. For over ten years, we have pioneered research in the field of honeypots, releasing many freely available tools, challenges and Know Your Enemy whitepapers that are often considered groundbreaking when first published
  3. We literally wrote the book on the topic, and regularly present on our R&D activities at conferences all over the world
  4. We have active volunteer member chapters in many countries and from many different backgrounds, with a wide variety of skills and experience they are happy to share
  5. We have always been committed to the concepts of open source software and freely share everything we do, including each chapter publishing regular public status reports on their recent activity
  6. We maintain active public and private communities of developers and researchers who use and contribute to our tools each day
  7. We provide our members and the community with the public and private infrastructure necessary to support distributed collaborative remote working, such as IRC channels, mailing lists, subversion repositories, Trac instances for ticket management and wikis, content management systems, blogs, live deployments with real end users for testing and regular feedback, etc
  8. We are hands on, supportive and keen to involve more talented people in projects we are really passionate about
  9. We have a strong track history of mentoring new members and successfully delivering open source projects, tools and research that demonstrably benefit the community
  10. The vast majority of our GSoC projects were delivered successfully and our students were happy, with a number of the tools created going on to become widely used within the security community
  11. Students from GSoC 2009-2016 have gone on to become active members of the honeynet community, including proposing project ideas for future GSoCs or offering to be project mentors and Org administrators (so we can't be too unpleasant a bunch to get involved with!) ;-)
  12. We have ex-GSoC students actively serving on our Board of Directors and in Executive Officer positions, so GSoC has definitely proven to be a great career path for students wanting to get more involved in open source and information security R&D.
  13. Honeypots and honeynet technology, research and tools have filtered down benefits to many areas of IT, web development, operational service management, Internet education and computer security research

GSoC is not the only way you can become involved in the with honeynet technologies and open source software - check out our current or historic series of forensic challenges. Or learn more about the practical, real world application of honeynet technology in our popular series of "Know Your Enemy" whitepapers, which now include projects and tools output from previous GSoCs students or mentors such as PicViz, Glastopf, Qebek or Conficker.

Feel free to contact us at on Slack or at project@honeynet.org at any time.