Fall 2009

News

  • May 12, 2010: This course has received a permanent course number, 6.858.

  • Dec 7, 2009: Please fill out the HKN class evaluation.

  • Dec 2, 2009: Quiz 2 statistics: max 100, median 81.5, mean 78.9, stdev 11.2. Solutions are posted.

  • Dec 1, 2009: Lab 3 statistics: max 100, median 100, mean 92.2, stdev 15.6.

  • Nov 16, 2009: Lab 2 statistics: max 100, median 100, mean 91.8, stdev 24.

  • Nov 16, 2009: Quiz 1 statistics: max 100, median 67.8, mean 62, stdev 15.9.

  • Nov 1, 2009: Quiz 1 solutions posted.

  • Oct 26, 2009: Lab 4 (final project) is posted.

  • Oct 19, 2009: Lab 3 is posted.

  • Oct 9, 2009: Lab 1 statistics: max 100, median 90, mean 80, stdev 27.

  • Oct 7, 2009: Next lecture will be on Tuesday, October 13th due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. Read Memory Authentication for lecture.

  • Sep 30, 2009: Due date for the first part of lab 2 is extended until Sunday, October 4th at 11:59pm.

  • Sep 28, 2009: Lab 2 is posted.

  • Sep 13, 2009: Lab 1 is posted.

  • Aug 27, 2009: Preliminary schedule posted.

  • Aug 24, 2009: Preliminary list of topics for the course:

    • Control flow hijacking attacks: buffer overflows, format string bugs, integer overflows
    • Machine-level protection tools: SFI, XFI, BGI
    • Static analysis, fuzzing, bug finding
    • OS security techniques: access control, Unix, setuid
    • Privilege separation: OpenSSH, OKWS, qmail
    • Capabilities, confused deputy problem, TOCTTOU attacks
    • Language-level security: Java, stack inspection
    • Information flow control
    • Cryptographic techniques
    • Network security: Kerberos, naming in a distributed system
    • Hardware security: TPM, applications
    • File system encryption: Microsoft's BitLocker
    • Web security: same-origin policy, cross-site scripting
    • SSL and HTTPS, phishing, and other pitfalls
    • Privacy: Tor, pitfalls in web browsers
    • Denial of service attacks
  • Aug 24, 2009: Initial web site posted. Send mail to 6.893-staff@pdos.csail.mit.edu if you are interested in this course and have questions.

Questions or comments regarding 6.893? Send e-mail to the course staff at 6.893-staff@pdos.csail.mit.edu.

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