CSCI 1650 covers software exploitation techniques and state-of-the-practice mechanisms for hardening 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 latest goodies (e.g., JIT-ROP). It also covers 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 (Ed Discussion)
90% Assignments (CTF-like write-ups)
0% Midterm
0% Final


This course would not be possible without the support and assistance of the following people:



Vasileios (Vasilis) Kemerlis

Teaching Assistants

Oren Kohavi (HTA)
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  • Zoom (Wed. 10AM – 12PM)
Floria Tsui (TA)
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  • Zoom (Tue. 4PM – 6PM)
Guangfeng Xu (TA)
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  • Zoom (Sat. 2PM – 4PM)
John Fay (TA)
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  • CIT 348 + Zoom (Thu. 6PM – 8PM)
Kaki Su (TA)
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  • CIT 348 + Zoom (Wed. 6PM – 8PM)
Linus Sun (TA)
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  • Zoom (Mon. 6PM – 8PM)
Vanessa Chang (TA)
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  • Zoom (Fri. 2PM – 4PM)


11/30/2022 Review Day!
11/28/2022 Assignment 0x4 is due today.
11/28/2022 Lecture 0x16 posted.
11/21/2022 Lecture 0x15 posted.
11/16/2022 Assignment 0x4 is due on 11/28/2022.
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11/09/2022 Assignment 0x4 posted.
11/09/2022 Assignment 0x3 is due today.
11/09/2022 Lecture 0x12 posted.
11/07/2022 Lecture 0x11 posted.
11/02/2022 Assignment 0x3 is due on 11/09/2022.
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10/26/2022 Assignment 0x3 posted.
10/26/2022 Assignment 0x2 is due today.
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10/19/2022 Assignment 0x2 is due on 10/26/2022.
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10/12/2022 Assignment 0x1 is due today.
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10/10/2022 No class today.
10/05/2022 Assignment 0x1 is due on 10/12/2022.
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09/28/2022 Assignment 0x1 posted.
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09/07/2022 Welcome to CSCI 1650!