Information Security - 5 - Secure Systems Engineering

By Prof. Chester Rebeiro   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2112
With the increase in the threat of cyber-security attacks, it is important to develop computer systems that are not only efficient but also secure. This course will discuss various vulnerabilities in systems and mechanisms by which these vulnerabilities can be mitigated. The first part of the course will discuss various security vulnerabilities in software code that, if left unfixed, can potentially lead to major cyber-attacks. We will see how these vulnerabilities can arise from simple programming flaws like a buffer that overflows, to complex application runtime characteristics that get manifested through side-channels such as the execution time and power consumption of the device. We will look at some recent cyber-attacks such as Meltdown and Spectre, Heartbleed, and Stagefright. The pre-requisites are a good understanding of C and a basic understanding of computer organization and operating systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : BTech/BE/ME/MTech/MS/MCA/BCA studentsIn computer science/information technology/electrical engineering / electronics engineering /instrumentation engineering
PREREQUISITES         : C programming must be strongMinimum understanding of digital logic /operating systems/computer organization
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  All companies developing embedded products /IoT etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction / gdb / buffer overflow
Week 2  :  Preventing buffer overflow based malware
Week 3  :  Integer overflow and buffer overread and heap overflow
Week 4  :  More on heap overflow; Access Control
Week 5  :  Confinement
Week 6  :  SGX and Trustzone
Week 7  :  Micro-architectural Attacks
Week 8  :  Hardware Security.

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Instructor bio

Prof. Chester Rebeiro

IIT Madras
Chester Rebeiro is an Assistant Professor at IIT Madras. He completed his PhD from IIT Kharagpur and a post-doc from Columbia University. His research interests are in cryptography, system security, especially hardware and operating system security.
(webpage : http://www.cse.iitm.ac.in/~chester/)

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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