Engin Kirda

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 4-5pm, 617 ISEC

Teaching Assistants

Kenan Akisik and Sharad Boni

TA Hours: Mondays (3pm-5pm, 466B WVH), Tuesdays (3pm-5pm, 466B WVH), Wednesdays (10am-12pm, 466B WVH) Fridays (10am-12pm, 166 WVH)


  1. 11.17.2017 Challenge 6 is online.
  2. 10.27.2017 Challenge 5 is online.
  3. 10.13.2017 Challenge 4 is online.
  4. 10.10.2017 Challenge 3 is online.
  5. 10.03.2017 Challenge 2 is online.
  6. 09.19.2017 Challenge 1 is online.
  7. 09.13.2017 Account information has been sent out.
  8. 09.10.2017 The course schedule has been updated.
  9. 09.03.2017 The course website is now online.
  10. 08.07.2017 The course website is online. More information coming at the beginning of September.


Today, computer security problems have started to impact the practical aspects of our lives. Even though there is a considerable corpus of knowledge about tools and techniques to protect systems, information about what the actual vulnerabilities are and how they are exploited is not generally available. Also, there are many misconceptions when it comes to protecting systems.

This course deals with common programming, configuration, and design mistakes and ways to detect and avoid them. Examples are used to highlight general error classes, such as stack and heap overflows. Possible protection and detection techniques are examined. The course includes a number of practical lab assignments where participants are required to apply their knowledge as well as a discussion of the current research in the field. Students will learn how the security of systems can be violated, and how such attacks can be detected and prevented. The course aims to make the students "security aware", and gain a basic understanding about security issues.

Some Topics

  • Code security
  • Web security
  • Malware
  • Underground economy
  • Social network security and fraud
  • Reverse engineering and binary analysis
  • Intrusion detection
  • Testing
  • Operational security


Programming experience (this course is not for you if you are a complete beginner)
Knowledge of C/C++ useful
Basic web programming knowledge is useful
Knowledge of general computer science concepts

Dates and Times

Tuesday and Friday, 9:50-11:20am, FR 129

Slides, Material, and Schedule

Use your course credentials to access the material below.

Here are videos to the demos in class.

Practical Challenges (Assignments)

Students will "need" to solve a set of practical challenges (assignments) in the lab part of the course. For more information on the challenges and the grading, check this page.


The course grade will be based on:

5%: Participation
10%: 3 Quizzes (1-2-3)
5%: Quiz 0 -- entry check
27%: Midterm exam
30%: Final exam
23%: Security labs


Registration details will be announced via e-mail to the registered participants.

Last Modified: Tue Dec 5 16:14:53 2017 EDT