PV204 Security Technologies

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/2/2. 6 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Alternate Types of Completion: k (colloquium), z (credit).
RNDr. Petr Švenda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Milan Brož (lecturer)
Mgr. Vít Bukač, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Mgr. et Mgr. Zdeněk Říha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Václav Lorenc (seminar tutor), RNDr. Petr Švenda, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. RNDr. Eva Hladká, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: RNDr. Petr Švenda, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Registration to PV204 requires: 1) long-term interest in IT security; 2) programming skills (ideally C and Java) under Unix/Linux or Windows; 3) fluent English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 36 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/36, only registered: 0/36, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/36
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of this subject is to understand details of smart cards security, secure authentication and authorization, security of hardware modules, trusted boot, analysis of malware and rootkits (both black-box and gray-box), reverse engineering of binary applications, multilevel security and file/disk encryption. Student should be able to apply the gained knowledge in a practice based on experience gained from laboratory a project work.
Learning outcomes
After a course completion, the student will be able to:
- explain the security advantages of hardware security element to a typical desktop operating system;
- analyze the implementation of a cryptographic algorithm for a presence of the timing side-channel;
- describe and use good practices for password handling;
- explain principles of key establishment protocols and building blocks of modern secure messaging systems;
- explain principles and used technologies of trusted computing;
- describe the technology behind disk encryption and used encryption modes;
- perform basic analysis of infected computer image;
- implement security-related application utilizing cryptographic smartcard with JavaCard platform and transfer data via a secure channel;
- perform basic analysis of infected computer image;
  • Side channel attacks (timing, power and fault analysis)
  • Basics of smart cards (PC/SC, APDU, basic applet – JavaCard & .net card & MULTOS)
  • Secure programs on JavaCard platform
  • Secure authentication and authorization (common protocols, secure implementation, attacks)
  • Hardware Security Modules (HSM), PKCS#11 API
  • Trusted boot (TPM, trusted boot process, remote attestation)
  • Black-box analysis of malware (infection vectors, analysis of environment, network analysis)
  • Grey-box analysis of malware (analysis of memory dumps, tools)
  • Reverse engineering of binary applications (decompiler, disassembler, native-code debugging, binary patching)
  • Windows and Linux Rootkits (User-mode, kernel-mode, Hypervisor-level, software vs. hardware level, bootkits)
  • Multilevel security (isolation, confinement, security kernels)
  • File and disk encryption (Common architectures, used cryptographic modes, typical attacks)
Teaching methods
lectures, seminars in a security lab, homeworks
Assessment methods
Two hours per week are scheduled for lecture, two hours per week scheduled for seminars, otherwise students work on projects, homework etc. in their free time. There are 6 homeworks and collaborative project. 50 % of points are required to pass the course.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
Seminar groups include 10-15 students. The lab is accessible to students (working on PV204 projects and also other projects/thesis) also outside scheduled seminars.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2018, recent)
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