CAP6135: Malware and Software Vulnerability Analysis
(Spring 2014)

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Instructor:        Dr. Cliff Zou (HEC-243),  407-823-5015,

Course Time:   MoWe 10:30am-11:45am,   Engr 388

Office Hour:    MoWe 12pm-2:00pm

Course Webpage:

Syllabus:  PDF

Video Streaming: Tegrity will be used to record every lecture during face-to-face lecturing. Tegrity video is accessible to both face-to-face students and online students. Lecture videos will be available a few hours after each face-to-face lecturing. Student can find Tegrity video link on webcourse "Modules" tab.

Knowledge on programming language (preferring C or C++)
Knowledge on computer architecture, algorithm, and networking
Knowledge on the basic usage of Unix environment

Textbook:    No require textbook. We will use research papers and some contents from the following reference books.


     This course will provide an introduction to several important aspects about malicious codes and software security, including Internet virus/worm/spam, typical software vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow), software fuzz testing, secure programming, vulnerability prevention techniques, etc. In addition, we will provide representative research papers on software security and malware research for students to read, present and discuss in order to learn the frontier of software security research. Students will have a research-format term project to work on a software security related research topic selected by themselves. During the semester, we will have about three programming projects on topics such as buffer-overflow exploit, fuzz testing, network traffic monitoring, etc.


+/- grading system will be used as A, A-, B+, B, etc. The tentative weights are as follows:

        Task Items                       Face-to-face students              Video streaming students
        In-class presentation               18%                                        N/A
        In-class participation                6%                                        N/A
        Paper review reports               N/A                                        24%
        Homework                             10%                                        10%
        Program projects                    36%                                        36%
        Final term project                   30%                                        30%