COMP 5407 (Fall 2003): Authentication and Software Security
Last updated: Oct. 24 2003, 8:30am
Specialized topics in security including
those selected from:
advanced authentication techniques,
user interface aspects,
electronic and digital signatures,
security infrastructures and protocols,
software vulnerabilities affecting security,
untrusted software and hosts,
protecting software and digital content.
Essential Course Details
Monday 1:30-2:30, Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm. Check here for exceptions:
office hours cancelled Oct.27 and Oct.29.
Authentication and Software Security
Professor P. Van Oorschot
2:30-4:00pm, Monday and Wednesday (2003 classes: Sept.4 to Dec.1)
409 SA (Southam Hall), Carleton University
COMP 4108 (computer systems security) and COMP 3000 (operating systems),
or equivalents. Otherwise instructor permission is required.
Every student who wishes to take the course for credit
must complete and hand in this form.
Building Secure Software (Viega and McGraw),
Addison-Wesley (first edition, 2001/2002).
(Note: no extensions on project dates)
20% - Project 1: Software Vulnerability Tracking
(click here for more details).
--- Start: immediately (first day of class). Due: Wednesday Oct.15, in class.
35% - Test. In class.
--- Wednesday Nov.5 2003.
45% - Project 2: Research Survey and/or Implementation
(click here for more details).
--- Due: noon, Monday Dec. 8 (under the door of 5173HP).
Policy re: Unethical Behaviour.
Any student submitting work including portions originating from someone else,
without crediting the original source, is subject to a mark
of minus 100% (-100%) on the entire work item. For example, if a project
is worth 10%, the 10% is lost plus an additional 10% penalty, making the
best possible course mark 80%. If the infraction involves copying
from another student, then both students may be penalized. Please do not
subject class-mates to this risk by copying from them.
You may, and often should, discuss work with others,
but each student must write up
submitted work individually, except for items explicitly advertised as
In addition to the above, harsher penalties following from
any standard university policies will be pursued where appropriate.
Special Needs Students.
Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations
in this course are encouraged to contact a coordinator at the
Paul Menton Centre (PMC) for Students with Disabilities to complete
the necessary lettters of accommodation. After registering with the PMC,
make an appointment to meet and discuss your needs with the instructor
at least two weeks prior to the first in-class test or midterm exam,
to ensure sufficient time for necessary arrangements. The deadline
for submitting completed forms to the PMC for formally scheduled
exam accommodations is Nov.7 2003 for fall term courses.
Topics of Study.
The topics of study will be from the list given in the
official outline at the top of this page.
Details for classes, including readings, will be updated
here as the term progresses.
References and Sources.
Students are advised to buy a copy of the course textbook
(see above), which should be available in the university bookstore
(or try an online bookstore like Chapters or Amazon).
It will be largely supplemented by
material drawn from research papers and sections of other books,
with online references used where possible.
This list of Reference Books (click here)
may be of use for review, background reading, and supplemental reading.
A few of these are available in their entirety free online, as noted.
Links to research papers covered in the course will be added
as the term progresses (see above).
For comments on this page, please mail to:
vanoorschot at scs.carleton.ca.