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Module Title LH Security of Real-World Systems
SchoolComputer Science
Department Computer Science
Module Code 06 30231
Module Lead Tom Chothia
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Pre-requisites LI Systems Programming in C/C++ - (06 30203) LI Security and Networks - (06 30195)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-22 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-22 hours
Guided independent study-156 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description Building on Security and Networks, this module teaches how to find, analyse, and mitigate security vulnerabilities in real-world systems. It will also teach students how to assess the threats to a system, and how to protect against them. A range of practical analysis methods and tools are covered.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Students will be able to analyse systems and find vulnerabilities such as weak crypto, buffer overflows, flaws in protocols, and common web vulnerabilities.
  • Students will be able to use a range of analysis tools, e.g. for reverse engineering, network sniffing and analysis, and man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • Students will be able to assess the threats that a particular system will face, and suggest mitigations.
Assessment 30231-01 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (80%)
30231-02 : Continuous Assessment : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
Examination (80%),
Continuous Assessment (20%)

Examination (100%)
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