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MIT catalog description
Design and implementation of secure computer systems. Lectures cover
threat models, attacks that compromise security, and techniques for
achieving security, based on recent research papers. Topics include
operating system (OS) security, capabilities, information flow control,
language security, network protocols, hardware security, and security
in web applications. Assignments include labs that involve implementing
and compromising a secure web server and web application, and a group
Students can use 6.858 to fulfill the engineering concentration
requirements for Computer Systems.
Lectures will be held MW 1-2:30 in E25-111.
Who should take 6.858?
6.858 is primarily intended for seniors and M.Eng students who want to
learn about how to build secure computer systems in detail.
PhD students are also welcome; 6.858 counts as a systems TQE subject.
We will distribute assignments and announcements on the course web site.
We expect students to check the 6.858 home page for both news and assignments
at least once a week. If you hear a rumor, check it there.
Grades in 6.858 will be based on the results of two quizzes (one in the
middle of the term and one in final's week, 30% in total), lab exercises (35%),
final project and presentation (25%), and class participation and homeworks
(e.g., lecture question and reading answer) (together 10%).
Lab exercises will be graded on the correctness based on both
the lab assignment and whether they fulfill the specifications imposed by the
grading/checking scripts. Grading will be done with a staff-version of the
Makefile and grading scripts, so you should pass all the tests without any
modifications to those files.
You are required to turn in each lab; if you have not turned in all
of the labs, you will receive an F.
Labs that are turned in but score 0 points will receive a D.
You have a total of 72 late hours to use throughout the semester.
After you have used up your late hours,
each additional day late will incur a full letter grade penalty.
Saturday and Sunday both count as days. (Late days are tracked automatically,
so you don't need to email before using one.)
You may not collaborate on quizzes.
You are welcome to discuss the labs with other students, but you
should complete all assignments on your own, and you should
carefully acknowledge all contributions of ideas by others,
whether from classmates or from sources you have read. Final
projects will be in groups, where you should collaborate.
You'll learn how to attack computer systems in this class
in order to better understand how to design defenses.
Please don't attack other people's computers or information without
their prior permission.
As well as being a bad idea, it may be illegal or a violation of
MIT network rules
and can get you into serious trouble. Don't do it.
Office hours are held weekly in the locations listed below.
||jfrg at mit.edu
||Wednesday, 4-6pm, 32-G978
||akonradi at mit.edu
||Thursday, 4-6pm, 32-G9 lounge
||bzy at mit.edu
||Tuesday, 2-4pm, 32-G550
Course mailing list:
Use this mailing list to contact all the 6.858 staff.