CSX Vulnerability and Exploitation Certificate Exam

Prove you can exploit vulnerabilities and gain access to key systems.

Difficulty: Intermediate CSF Domain: All domains


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The CSX Vulnerability and Exploitation Certificate Exam assesses candidates understanding of network and system vulnerability scanning, scanner implementation and usage, vulnerability analysis, exploitation, privilege escalation, backdoor implants, and track obfuscation.  The two-hour exam is a real-time, hands-on exam which challenges students to demonstrate their skill set in a live environment.


This two-hour exam contains no multiple-choice questions or simulations and intentionally restricts access to the internet. Where applicable, man pages and help files are available.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit Count: 4 (2 CPEs per examination hour) when a passing score is achieved.



Candidates must complete tasks of varying durations with minimal instruction while navigating between multiple virtual machines and are expected to:


Demonstrate an ability to:

  • Scan and enumerate a network
  • Conduct a vulnerability scan
  • Conduct vulnerability analysis
  • Exploit a designated system
  • Escalate privileges on a system
  • Implement a backdoor 
  • Cover the tracks of an exploitation


Students must be comfortable leveraging Linux terminal tools and interfaces.

Students wishing to gain training for the exam may find it here.