PV286 Secure coding principles and practices

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/1. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Lukasz Michal Chmielewski, PhD (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Petr Švenda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Pavel Loutocký, Ph.D., BA (Hons) (seminar tutor)
RNDr. Lukáš Ručka (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marek Sýs, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
RNDr. Antonín Dufka (assistant)
Mgr. Jan Kvapil (assistant)
Mgr. Roman Lacko (assistant)
Mgr. Štěpánka Trnková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Lukasz Michal Chmielewski, PhD
Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Mon 13. 2. to Mon 15. 5. Mon 10:00–11:50 A217
! PA193 Seminar on secure coding
Basic knowledge in applied cryptography and IT security, practical experience in programming with C/C++ language, basic knowledge in formal languages and compilers, user-level experience with Windows and Linux OS
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
At the end of this course the student will understand what the typical security issues related to secure coding are. The student will also be able to design applications and write programs in C/C++ and Java in a more secure way.
Learning outcomes
After a course completion, the student will be able to:
- able to review source code for typical security bugs;
- able to properly check and sanitize check program input data;
- able to use standard tools for static and dynamic code analysis and interpret results;
- able to describe typical bugs from concurrent program execution and write code without it;
- able to apply systematic methods to produce code with better resiliency against bugs;
- understand basic cryptographic primitives and their proper use in source code;
  • Language level vulnerabilities, secure programming techniques and approaches, input processing, static and dynamic code checking, binary defenses and exploits, security testing, integrity of modules, concurrent issues, random number generation and usage, security primitives, security code review.
Teaching methods
Lectures, Questionaries, Team project, Written test.
Assessment methods
10 questionnaires from lectures (approximately 10% of the final mark/score), team programming project (approximately 60% of the final mark/score), and final written exam (30% of the final mark/score).
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The course is taught annually.
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