419 Announcements

Breaking news about the course

May 9

For those who took the final exam, grades are now posted. Final course grades are also posted.

May 8

If you have are not planning on taking the final exam, read no further and enjoy your summer.

The exam will start promptly at 8:00 pm in our regular classroom, SEC-209. Note that the start time is after the usual start time of the class. You will have two hourse to complete the exam.

Please bring your ID with you along with pens or pencils.

When you enter the classroom, please fill seats starting from the first row toward the door, leaving every other column empty. When the first row is full, start from the second row nearest the hallway wall.

May 3

Pre-final grades are posted on sakai. This is the grade that you will receive if you do not take the final. Grades are on a standard 4-point scale: 4.0=A, 3.5=B+, 3.0=B, 2.5=C+, 2.0=C, 1.0=D, 0=F.

Final exam information is posted on the exam page.

You have the option of taking the final exam. The Bump Grade that is posted on sakai is the grade that you need to get on the final to raise your course grade to the next half grade level (e.g., B to B+). A bump grade of 0 means that there is no grade on the final that will increase your final course grade and you should not take the final. However, if you did not take a mid-semester exam, you will need to take the final to pass the course.

In computing grades, I drop the lowest exam grade. Right now, you have a grade of zero for the final exam and that grade is dropped. A better performance on the final exam may result in another exam being dropped instead of the final. If all your grades were generally consistent, it is unlikely that good performance on the final will affect your grade. I will not reward you for taking the final.

If you decide that you definitely plan to take the exam, please let me know. If your bump grade is not zero and you decide that you definitely plan not to take the exam, please let me know as well so I will not print extra copies.

April 24
Reminder: exam 3 takes place today.
April 12
Assignment 7's due date has been extended. The new due date is 04/17 11:55PM.
April 12
For students having difficulty in fetching the server certificate, the port number is 443.
April 12
Tonight's recitation is canceled.
April 7
Assignmnent 7 is open. Please check sakai.
March 29
No recitation tonight.
March 26
Reminder: exam 2 takes place on Monday.
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.