Frequently Asked Questions

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How is a person's score calculated?

    The scoring system is mostly objective and based on arithmetic formulas. However, there are also subjective adjustments by our editors. There are a couple of metrics which affect the score:

  • Github statistics
  • Number of CVEs. CVEs are categorized according to their importance. For example code execution vulnerability in Chrome has critical importance while XSS vulnerability in a software that 5 people uses on Earth has low importance.
  • Conference presentations. Conference's weight affects your score.
  • Number of papers. Papers are categorized according to their importance. For example, a research paper published in a scientific journal will have a higher score than a conference paper.
  • Number of books. Books are listed in "Paper" category.
  • Person's impact on the security scene. This is a subjective score given by our editors. If a person wrote a tool that became a standart (like nmap), or found a vulnerability that has a high high impact (like eternalblue), his/her impact score will be high.
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How is a country score calculated?

A country score is the average score of the top 5 people in that country. This number of people will be increased when we have more people on pwnhead.

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How is a company score calculated?

Company score is the average score of top 5 people in that company. This number of people will be increased when we have more people on pwnhead.

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What affects a conference's weight?

Conference's age, number of attendees, quality of the speakers, video recording, proper archiving on the website etc.

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X conference is not on the list. What should I do?

You can submit a conference to us via e-mail. Please send detailed information about the conference so we can assess it better. Invitation-only conferences are not acceptable; the CFP process is a must.

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I found a mistake about rankings. What should I do?

If you believe that we made a mistake, please contact with us.

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Why I'm not on the list?

We could only add people that we can find their information on public sources such as conference websites, personal websites, etc. If we didn't add you, we probably couldn't find enough information about you on the internet. But don't worry, you can create and submit your profile.

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My profile is created by pwnhead, how can I claim my profile?

Sign-in to pwnhead by using available oauth resources. Click "My profile is already created by pwnhead" button. Select appropriate claim method in the form and submit. pwnhead team will assess your submission and transfer profile rights to you.

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How can I create and submit my profile?

Sign-in to pwnhead by using available oauth resources. Fill out the form and press "Send for Review" button. pwnhead editors will assess your profile and give you a score.

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How can I change details on my profile?

Sign-in to pwnhead. Change details in your profile and press "Send for Review" button. pwnhead editors will assess your profile and give you a new score.

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I submitted missing conference/tool/paper to my profile but my score isn't changed, why?

    There can be couple of reasons for that:
  • Your score is too high that a small addition doesn't change it. You need more entries to gain more score.
  • Editors are already gave you high impact point by considering missing information.
  • We made a mistake. Please warn us.
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Can I have a commercial software in "tools" section on my profile?

  • If you are known as a core/lead developer of a commercial software from the date it's created, you can add it.
  • If you are a part of a large development group, you can't add it.
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Can I submit my CTF scores to pwnhead?

We don't want to show CTF scores in profiles since ctftime.org handles this very well. But if you are in a good CTF team, you can send this information when submitting your profile. Our editors can give you additional impact score for it.

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Can I submit my certificates to pwnhead?

Currently we don't have a plan for certificates. But we are considering about adding them.

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What about badges?

You can earn badges by reaching specified milestones. You can find details about badges below.