419 Announcements

Breaking news about the course

March 18
Welcome back from spring break! Assignment 6 is posted. This is a brief written assignment and is due the Wednesday after the exam. I recommend that you do the reading and at least have an idea of the answers prior to the exam.
March 4
Assignment 5 is posted. This is a brief written assignment and is due next week. Note that assignment 5 is due before assignment 4.
February 24
Assignment 4 is posted and due in a little over two weeks. This is a multi-stage assignment on performing buffer overflow exploits. Start early to make sure you can set up your environment and learn the necessary tools.
February 22
Tonight's 419 recitation is canceled.
February 19
I fixed a bunch of typos and markdown errors in the study guide and changed my css files to not print URLs for links to make the text easier to read in places where I had embedded links.
February 18
You may have noticed updates to the study guide over the past couple of days on the exam info page. I think it is mostly finished although I may add some changes after proofreading. There is no section on access control; you will have to read the lecture notes for that topic.
February 16

I posted yesterday's recitation notes (overview for exam 1). I also fixed some typos in earlier lecture notes.

I also posted a list of topics for next week's exam.

February 11
I just posted a short third homework assignment. It is due on Wednesday via sakai prior to recitation.
February 8

Just a reminder ... assignment 2 is due tonight vis sakai prior to the first recitation. Please submit only plain text or pdf files or enter text/html directly on sakai. Any formats that require me to open an app will not be accepted (e.g., MS-Word, InDesign). Late submissions will not be accepted.

I don't plan to send reminders prior to every due date and expect you to be aware of deadlines ... and the vast majority of you are. Despite my reminder that only text and pdf submissions will be accepted, I noticed at least one Microsoft Word document was submitted. Please don't do this. You wasted your effort and got no credit.

February 2
The second homework is assigned and due on Wednesday via sakai prior to recitation.
February 1
Just a reminder ... assignment 1 is due tonight vis sakai prior to the first recitation. Please submit only plain text or pdf files or enter text/html directly on sakai. Any formats that require me to open an app will not be accepted (e.g., MS-Word, InDesign). Late submissions will not be accepted.
January 28
I fixed some typos in the lecture slides and wrote up lecture notes. They're both here.
January 26
The primary text for the course is Ross J. Anderson's Security Engineering. It's available in pdf form on the author's web site with one file per chapter. For those who want it and are too lazy to combine multiple pdf files, I placed a copy of the combined chapters in the resources folder for the class site on sakai. I also made a copy called Security_Engineering-thin_margins.pdf that chops off the top and bottom margins and some of the left & right margins to make it more screen efficient on an iPad.
January 26
The first homework is assigned and due on Wednesday via sakai prior to recitation.
January 25
There will be no 419 recitation today — nothing to go over yet.
January 18
There will be no recitation tonight since we did not have our first lecture. The first lecture will take place on Monday, January 23 at 6:40pm in SEC-209.