The lectures cover a broad overview of systems security together with a deeper focus on several topics: isolation techniques, privilege separation, dealing with buggy code, networked and distributed systems, and human-focused security and privacy.

Links to notes etc. on future days are copies of materials from last year, to give you an idea of what the future will bring. We will update the notes as the course progresses. The year of publication for class readings are shown in parentheses.

MondayTuesday WednesdayThursday Friday
feb 5
First day of classes
feb 6
LEC 1: Introduction, threat models (video)
Preparation: Optionally read Modern Android exploit
Assigned: Lab 1: Buffer overflows
feb 7 feb 8
LEC 2: OS and VM isolation (video)
Preparation: Read about OS and VM isolation (Question)
feb 9
feb 12 feb 13
LEC 3: Software fault isolation (video)
Preparation: Read about WebAssembly (Question)
feb 14 feb 15
LEC 4: Trusted hardware (video)
Preparation: Read BitLocker (2006), sections 1-2 (Question)
feb 16
DUE: Lab 1 part 1
DUE: Lab 1 part 2
feb 19
Presidents day
feb 20
Monday schedule
feb 21 feb 22
LEC 5: CPU side-channels (video)
Preparation: Read Transient Execution Attacks and Defenses (2019) (Question)
Assigned: Lab 2: Privilege separation
feb 23
DUE: Lab 1 all parts
feb 26 feb 27
LEC 6: Privilege separation (video)
Preparation: Read OpenSSH (2003) (Question)
feb 28 feb 29
LEC 7: Data center infrastructure (video)
Preparation: Read Google Infrastructure Security (2023) and BeyondProd (2023) (Question)
mar 1
DUE: Lab 2 part 1
mar 4 mar 5
LEC 8: Mobile phone security (video)
Preparation: Read about iOS Security (Question)
mar 6 mar 7
LEC 9: Web security model (video)
Preparation: Read about web security (2022) (Question)
mar 8
DUE: Lab 2 parts 2+3
ADD DATE
mar 11 mar 12
LEC 10: Buffer overflow defenses (video)
Preparation: Read Baggy bounds checking (2009) + errata (Question)
Assigned: Lab 3: Symbolic execution
mar 13 mar 14
LEC 11: Symbolic execution (video)
Preparation: Read EXE: Automatically generating inputs of death (2006) (Question)
mar 15
DUE: Lab 2 all parts
mar 18 mar 19
LEC 12: Verification (video)
Preparation: Read HACL* (2019) (Question)
mar 20 mar 21
Quiz 1: Covers lectures 1-12 and labs 1-2
Reference: Past quizzes, solutions
Materials: Open laptop
Time and Location: 2:30-4p in 45-230
mar 22
Assigned: Lab 4: Browser security
mar 25
Spring vacation
mar 26
Spring vacation
mar 27
Spring vacation
mar 28
Spring vacation
mar 29
Spring vacation
apr 1 apr 2
LEC 13 (guest): Supply chain security (Russ Cox) (video)
Preparation: Read Trusting Trust (1984) and Russ's blog post (2023) (Question)
apr 3 apr 4
LEC 14: Network security (video)
Preparation: Read about network security (Question)
apr 5
DUE: Lab 3 part 1
Assigned: Lab 5: ACME + WebAuthn
apr 8 apr 9
LEC 15: Secure channels (video)
Preparation: Read TLS 1.3 blog post (2018) (Question)
apr 10 apr 11
LEC 16: Certificates (video)
Preparation: Read Let's Encrypt (2019) (Question)
apr 12
DUE: Lab 3 all parts
apr 15
Patriots day
apr 16
LEC 17: User authentication (video)
Preparation: Read U2F (2016) and optionally from U2F to passkeys (2023) (Question)
apr 17 apr 18
LEC 18: Messaging security (video)
Preparation: Read Analysis of Signal (2019), sections 1-3 (Question)
apr 19
DUE: Lab 4 part 1
apr 22 apr 23
LEC 19: Key transparency (video)
Preparation: Read CONIKS (2015) (Question)
DROP DATE
apr 24 apr 25
LEC 20: Anonymous communication (video)
Preparation: Read Tor (2004) and blog posts 1, 2, and 3 (2012) (Question)
apr 26
DUE: Lab 4 all parts
apr 29 apr 30
LEC 21: Security economics (video)
Preparation: Read Click trajectories (2011) (Question)
may 1 may 2
LEC 22 (guest): Cybersecurity policy (Daniel Weitzner) (video)
Preparation: Read Keys under doormats (2015) and Cyber risk (2024)
may 3
DUE: Lab 5 part 1
may 6 may 7
LEC 23: Differential privacy (video)
Preparation: Read PINQ (2009) (Question)
may 8 may 9
LEC 24: Private ML (video)
Preparation: Read Federated Evaluation and Tuning (2021) (Question)
may 10
DUE: Lab 5 all parts
may 13 may 14
LEC 25 (guest): Information security in real life (Max Burkhardt) (video)
Last day of classes
may 15 may 16 may 17
may 20 may 21 may 22
Final exam: Emphasis on lectures 13-24 and labs 3-5
Reference: Past quizzes, solutions
Materials: Open laptop
Time and Location: Johnson Ice Rink, 1:30-4:30pm
may 23 may 24