COMP 5407F (Fall 2004): Authentication and Software Security
Last updated: Oct. 19 2004, 9:00pm
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
1:30-2:30pm, Monday and Wednesday. Check here for exceptions.
Authentication and Software Security
Professor P. Van Oorschot
2:30-4:00pm, Monday and Wednesday (2004 classes: Sept.13 to Dec.6)
B243 LA (Loeb), 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 before the end of September.
None. See References and Sources below.
(Note: no extensions on project dates)
25% - Project 1: Software Vulnerability Tracking
(click here for more details).
--- Start: immediately (first day of class). Due: Monday Oct.18 (in class).
35% - Test: Monday Nov.1 2004 (in class).
40% - Project 2: Research Survey and/or Implementation
(click here for more details).
--- 15% (30 minute class presentation) Nov.17 - Dec.6
--- 25% (written report) due: Monday Dec.6 (in class).
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 20%, the 20% is lost plus an additional 20% penalty, making the
best possible course mark 60%. 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 typically early November 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.
The course varies from year to year, but a view at a previous year's
Topics of Study will give a representative idea.
Details for this year's classes, including readings, will be updated
here as the term progresses.
References and Sources.
Lectures will largely be drawn from recent research papers, and
supplementary material given in class; students are thus expected to
attend all classes.
Online sources will be used where possible.
For those wishing to brush up on background reading, the recommended book
to review is Kaufman, Perlman and Speciner (2002), which can be found in
which 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.