CSE360: Software Security

Computer Security
Instructor Amir Rahmati
Office Hours By Appointment
Class Location Javits 109
Class Time Tue/Thu 1:00 – 2:20
Prerequisites Basic understanding of Computer Architecture, Networks, and OS
TA Office Hours TBD
TA Office Hour Location TBD


Homework Assignments 40%
Reading Assignments 15%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 25%

Class Calendar




There is a mandatory readings for each week. It is your responsibility to read the paper and be prepared to discuss it in the class. You will be quizzed about the paper both in the class and during the midterm/final exam.

Ethics, Law, and University Policies

To defend a system, you need to be able to think like an attacker, and that includes understanding techniques that can be used to compromise security. However, using those techniques in the real world may violate the law or the university’s rules, and it may be unethical. Under some circumstances, even probing for weaknesses may result in severe penalties, up to and including expulsion, civil fines, and jail time. Our policy in the class is that you must respect the privacy and property rights of others at all times, or else you will fail the course.

Acting lawfully and ethically is your responsibility. Carefully read the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a federal statute that broadly criminalizes computer intrusion. This is one of several laws that govern “hacking.” Understand what the law prohibits — you don’t want to end up like this guy. The EFF provides helpful advice on vulnerability reporting and other legal matters. If in doubt, we can refer you to an attorney.

Please review the Divison of Information Technology policies on responsible use of technology resources, as well as the code of student responsibility. As members of the university, you are required to abide by these policies.

Amir Rahmati
Amir Rahmati
Assistant Professor

Amir Rahmati is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. He is the director of Ethos Security and Privacy lab and a member of Stony Brook National Security Institute.