Secure Programming

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Secure Programming

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Computer Programming

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    This is an introductory course on information security. The emphasis will be on how to develop applications with security in mind. At the end of the course, students should have be familiar with the following:
    1. Importance of security in modern engineering.
    2. How common cryptographic primitives work, and why they are essential .
    3. How bugs can degrade the security of software.
    4. Common memory corruptions bugs and their (security) side-effects in software.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The course is devided into the following modules:
    A. Understanding Cryptographic primitives.
    1. Confidentiality, Integrity and authentication (CIA) properties.
    2. Symmetric/asymmetric/stream ciphers.
    3. Digital certificates/signatures.
    4. Cryptographic Hash Functions.
    5. OpenSSL engineering.

    B. Understanding (and avoiding) low-level bugs.
    1. Introduction to C (if needed) and assembly.
    2. Process memory layout.
    3. Buffer overflows.
    4. Integer overflow/format strings.
    5. Bug detection and Mitigation 5. Secure Development lifecycle (SDL).

    C. Special topics in Security (optional).

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and practical assignments.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written Exam (60%). Practical assignments (40%).

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Ability to program in C or C++ is required, preferably in a POSIX environment (such as Linux)

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Knowledge of x86_64 assembly (reading, not writing) and SQL is strongly recommended.

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