Course Schedule Winter 2017

This schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently.


Part 1. Security Fundamentals

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lecture Lab
Jan. 4
The security mindset
Threat models, vulnerabilities, attacks; how to think like an attacker and a defender
Homework 1 available
Introduce Homework 1
Python tutorial
Jan. 9
Message integrity, pseudorandom functions
Alice and Bob, crypto games, Kerckhoffs's principle, hashes and MACs
Jan. 11
Randomness and pseudorandomness
Generating randomness, PRGs, one-time pads
Homework 1 due 6pm
Homework 2 available
Crypto Project available
Review Homework 1
Introduce Crypto Project
Introduce Homework 2
Jan. 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No lecture
Jan. 18
Block ciphers
Simple ciphers, AES, block cipher modes
Project Help
Jan. 23
Key exchange and key management
Diffie-Hellman key exchange, man-in-the-middle attacks
Jan. 25
Public-key crypto
RSA encryption, digital signatures, secret sharing
Homework 2 due 6pm
Review Homework 2
Project Help

Part 2. Web and Network Security

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lecture Lab
Jan. 30
Web architecture
Intro to the web platform; HTTP, cookies, Javascript, etc.
Feb. 1
Web attacks and defenses
Cookies; XSS, CSRF, and SQL-injection attacks and defenses
Crypto Project due 6pm
Web Project available
Review Crypto Project
Introduce Web Project
Web Tutorial
Feb. 6
HTTPS
The SSL/TLS protocol and the CA ecosystem
Feb. 8
Attacking HTTPS
Implementation flaws, social engineering attacks, and crypto failures
Homework 3 available
Introduce Homework 3
Project Help
Feb. 13
Internet architecture
IP, forwarding, routing, DNS, BGP
Feb. 15
Network attacks and defenses
Web Project due 6pm
Networking Project available
Introduce Networking Project
Review Web Project
Feb. 20
Authentication and availability
Passwords, online and offline guessing; denial of service
Feb. 22
Network probing
Mapping and testing with Nmap and ZMap
Homework 3 due 6pm
Homework 4 available
Review Homework 3
Introduce Homework 4
Project Help

“Spring” Break   February 25–March 5

Part 3. Host and Application Security

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lecture Lab
Mar. 6
Control hijacking, Part 1
Software architecture and a simple buffer overflow
Mar. 8
Control hijacking, Part 2
Common exploitable application bugs, shellcode
Networking Project due 6pm
AppSec Project available
Review Networking Project
Introduce AppSec Project
Buffer Overflow Tutorial
Mar. 13
Side-channel attacks
Timing attacks, power analysis, cold-boot attacks, defenses
Mar. 15
Malware
Viruses and worms, spyware, key loggers, and botnets; defenses
Homework 4 due 6pm
Review Homework 4
Buffer Overflow Tutorial, part 2
Mar. 20
E-voting and Internet voting
Analysis, vulnerabilities, viruses, defenses, auditing, policy
Mar. 22
Defending weak applications
Isolation, sandboxing, virtual machines
Homework 5 available
Introduce Homework 5
Project Help

Part 4. Security in Context

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lecture Lab
Mar. 27
Forensics
Taint and blur, data recovery, incident response
Mar. 29
Usable security
Human factors, usability testing
AppSec Project due 6pm
Forensics Project available
Review AppSec Project
Introduce Forensics Project
Forensics Tutorial
Apr. 3
Securing the Internet of Things
Medical device security, automotive security, etc.
Apr. 5
Privacy, anonymity, and censorship resistance
Online tracking; TOR, OTR, GPG, etc.; censorship and anticensorship
Project Help
Apr. 10
Life in the post-Snowden era
Government spying and implications for security and crypto
Apr. 12
All questions, answered
Ask Prof. Halderman anything.
Homework 5 due 6pm
Review Homework 5
Project Help
Apr. 17
Physical security
Locks and safes, lock picking techniques; defenses
Apr. 19
Study day — No lecture
Forensics Project due 6pm
Exam review session (TBA)

Final Exam   Wednesday, April 26, 7–9 PM  (Location: TBA)