CSCI 1650 covers software exploitation techniques and state-of-the-art mechanisms for protecting (vulnerable) software. The course begins with a summary of prevalent software defects, typically found in applications written in memory unsafe languages, like C/C++, and proceeds with studying traditional and modern exploitation techniques, ranging from classical code injection and code reuse up to the newest goodies (e.g., JIT-ROP, Blind ROP). For the most part, it focuses on defenses against certain vulnerability classes and the way(s) to bypass them. Students will be introduced to advanced software exploitation techniques and countermeasures, and study (in depth) the boundaries and effectiveness of standard hardening mechanisms, such as address space randomization and stack and heap protections.



10% Participation
60% Assignments (CTF-like write-ups)
10% Midterm
20% Final


  • Monday 3PM – 5:20PM (M hour)
  • CIT 477 (Lubrano)


Vasileios (Vasilis) Kemerlis

Teaching Assistant

Frederick Rice
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  • CIT 506 (Wed. 6PM – 8PM)


09/18/2017 Lecture 0x2 posted.
09/11/2017 Lecture 0x1 posted.
09/06/2017 Welcome to CSCI 1650!