Topics in Software Security

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Location:CIT 506
Meeting Time:M: Mon 3:00-5:20
Exam Group:13: 17-MAY-2018 Exam Time: 02:00:00 PM
Offered this year?Yes
When Offered?Most years


This course investigates the state-of-the-art in software exploitation and defense. More specifically, the course is structured as a seminar where students present (along with the instructor) research papers to their peers. We will begin with a summary of prevalent software defects, typically found in applications written in memory unsafe languages, like C/C++, and proceed to surveying what we are up against: 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 bulk part, we will be focusing on the latest advances in protection mechanisms, mitigation techniques, and tools against modern vulnerability classes and exploitation methods.

Familiarity with topics covered in 'Software Security and Exploitation' (CSCI1951-H) or 'Operating Systems' (CSCI1670) is essential.

CRN: 25765