Chalmers -- Computer Science and Engineering

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Computer Security -- EDA263/DIT641

Spring semester, study period 3, 2017/2018



Course Description

Examiner: Associate Professor Magnus Almgren, phone: 031-772 1702, email: magnus.almgren

The Computer Security course gives a broad overiew of the security area. The approach is largely technical, but the course will also address the important societal implications of security (or rather lack of security). Roughly, security deals with how to protect your system against intentional intrusions and attacks. The purpose of intrusions can be made to change or delete resourses (data, programs, hardware, etc), to get unauthorized access to confidential information or unauthorized use of the system's services. The course covers threats and vulnerabilities as well as rules, methods and mechanisms for protection. During a few lectures, a holistic security approach is taken and organizational, business-related, social, human, legal and ethical aspects are treated.

The Computer security course is the first within our Security specialization.

Recommended text book (e-book at Chalmers library)
Stallings & Brown: Computer Security,
Pearson, second edition

Course Memo

The course memo summarizes relevant information of the course. The latest version is always found in PingPong.

Reading Instructions

The reading instructions will be published in PingPong.

Lab Information

All information concerning the labs is found on the Lab page in PingPong.

Course Material

The following course material is electronically available. Please note that the lecture slides alone do not give a full coverage of the course contents.

All lectures are given in HA4 Monday, Thursday and some Fridays. As per the course memo, we will only have Friday lectures for the first couple of weeks.

The lectures and other material will be uploaded to PingPong.

Lectures and slides

Extra Reading

  1. Lecture 1: Here is a description of an attack and the resulting problems for a private individual. Note the difference in assumptions between Amazon and Apple regarding the privacy of the numbers of the credit card.

Course Evaluation

Examination dates 2017/2018 (preliminary)

Sat 2018-03-17 0830 (am), Wed 2017-06-05 1400 (pm),  Wed 2017-08-29 1400 (pm)

Previous examinations

2015-04-18, 2015-03-21, 2014-03-15, 2014-01-18, 2013-08-28, 2013-03-12, 2013-01-17, 2012-08-29, 2012-03-08 + program for q5 2011-08-17, 2011-01-11, 2010-10-19, 2010-08-18, 2010-01-12, 2009-10-20

The following question from the exams above is no longer applicable: 2009-10-20 - 8c

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Latest change 2016-11-18 by Magnus Almgren