Defense Against the Dark Arts


Attacks to modern computer system can be really dangerous. For example, attackers can collect private data from your devices, or steal money from your back accounts, or unlock your door remotely, or stop you car on the highway. In this class, we hack to understand computer systems, and learn how to build secure systems.

Topics:

  • Software security
  • Web security
  • Mobile security

Time: Mon/ Wed 3:30-4:45 pm

Location: Olsson Hall 120

Instructor: Yuan Tian yt2e@virginia. edu

TAs:

  • Quintin Degroot (qd2hf@virginia.edu)
  • Lead TA for software security, and web security
  • Friday 10-11 am, Olsson room 001



  • Runnan Yang (ry6jr@virginia.edu)
  • Support TA for the three topics
  • Wednesday 11 am – 12 pm , Rice 340


Office hour:

Yuan: Mon 4:45 pm- 5:45 pm, Rice 422, Jan 14- May 10

Grading:

Class Participation/Activity: 10%

Homework : 70%

Final Exam (Take Home) 20%

Readings and Textbook:

  • We have reading materials for many lectures
  • Analyzing Computer Security (available online in UVA library https://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/book/networking/security/9780132789493)

Pre-requisites: A basic knowledge of computer system/ software is required. A working knowledge of programming is required for homework and course projects.

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Acknowledgements: Some course materials are adapted from Stanford CS155 and CMU 18487