Comp527: Computer Systems Security

Dan Wallach, Department of Computer Science, Rice University

Fall 2003

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This class will focus on computer security in real systems. We will cover theory and practice for the design of secure systems (formal modelling, hardware and compiler-enforced safety, software engineering processes, tamper-resistant and tamper-reactive hardware, firewalls, cryptography, and more). We will also discuss how and why each of these techniques fail.

There will be reading assigned before every class, usually chapters from the book or papers available online somewhere. You're expected to read them. Also, class discussions and announcements will appear on the course newsgroup rice.owlnews.comp527. You are expected to read this newsgroup regularly. Off-campus students should contact Owlnet about getting an account.

Important links: Course syllabus, grading policies, voting security project, final project

Please enroll online for the class as well.

Required textbook
[Book cover] Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems
Ross J. Anderson
John Wiley & Sons
Paperback - 612 pages (2001)

If you have trouble getting the book locally, you can always try buying it at, Bookpool, or any other reseller you might like. As an optional resource, you may also find it helpful to browse The Handbook of Applied Cryptography, available in its entirety online, or you can purchase it at the usual booksellers.

[Book cover]

The Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot and Scott A. Vanstone
CRC Press
816 pages (1996)


((Comp311 or Comp412) and (Comp421 or Comp429)) or (consent of the instructor).

Class meetings

DH1075 - new room!, MW(F) 2-3pm (but will go late...)

Office hours
Dan Wallach (DH 3004)

Tu 1:30-2:30

Algis Rudys (DH 3003) W 4:00-5:00 (after class)

Other security classes

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disabled Student Services in the Ley Student Center.

Dan Wallach, CS Department, Rice University
Last modified: Thu 18-Jun-2009 10:55