Spring 2020

Computer Security

Listed in: Computer Science, as COSC-383


Scott P. Alfeld (Section 01)


There is an ongoing arms race between hackers and defenders in the cyber world. This course introduces concepts of computer security including exploitation, diagnosis, and protection. Topics will range from program exploits like buffer overflow attacks and privilege escalation to analysis of recent real-world attacks to discussions about the ethics of hacking. We will also cover security protocols such as those for authentication (proving that you are who you say you are), password checking, and cryptography.

Requisite: COSC 171 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Alfeld.

If Overenrolled: Priority to majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2018, Spring 2020