Foundations of Cyber Security II Michael Schwarz

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29.09.2021

Re-Exam Results

Hi, 

the re-exam results including the points from the lecture challenges are now visible in the CMS. 

If you want to inspect the exam, simply write me a mail and we will find a slot. 

 

20.09.2021

Re-Exam Regulations

Hi, 

for the re-exam on Tuesday, 28.09.2021 14:00 in E2 5 HS I, there are the following regulations:

  • You must bring a medical mouth-nose-protection mask (surgical masks) or FFP 2 / KN 95 / N95 mask
  • You must wear your mask when entering and leaving the... Read more

Hi, 

for the re-exam on Tuesday, 28.09.2021 14:00 in E2 5 HS I, there are the following regulations:

  • You must bring a medical mouth-nose-protection mask (surgical masks) or FFP 2 / KN 95 / N95 mask
  • You must wear your mask when entering and leaving the building
  • You must wear your mask before the exam starts, while asking questions, and while we check attendance
  • We strongly recommend you to take a COVID-19 test in case you are not vaccinated or recovered
  • You are not allowed to participate in the exam when you observed symptoms of COVID-19. If you provide a doctor's certificate to the examination office later on, the examination attempt will be canceled and will not count
  • Do not forget to register in LSF/HISPOS!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
 

09.08.2021

Exam Results

Hi, 

the exam results including the points from the lecture challenges are now visible in the CMS. You can also find the exam in the Materials section. 

The exam inspection will be this Friday (13.8.2021) from 10.00 am to 11.59 am. If you want to come to the... Read more

Hi, 

the exam results including the points from the lecture challenges are now visible in the CMS. You can also find the exam in the Materials section. 

The exam inspection will be this Friday (13.8.2021) from 10.00 am to 11.59 am. If you want to come to the exam inspection, please register in the CMS. 

05.08.2021

Exam - Covid-19 Checklist

Hi, 

please carefully read the following questions. 

If your answer is "yes" to one or more of the following questions, then you are not allowed to attend the exam. If you provide a doctor’s certificate to the examination office later on, the examination... Read more

Hi, 

please carefully read the following questions. 

If your answer is "yes" to one or more of the following questions, then you are not allowed to attend the exam. If you provide a doctor’s certificate to the examination office later on, the examination attempt will be canceled and will not count. 
 
Did you have definite contact with a Covid-19 patient, who was tested positive, in the last 14 days?

Do you have any of the following symptoms? 

  • Cough / Husten
  • Sore throat / Halsschmerzen
  • Nasal congestion / runny nose / Schnupfen
  • Diarrhoea /Durchfall
  • Fever /Fieber
  • Aches and pains / Gliederschmerzen
  • Loss of smell (e.g. no longer able to smell burnt food) / Geruchsverlust
  • Loss of taste (e.g. unable to distinguish when food is burnt) / Geschmacksverlust
02.08.2021

Exam Regulations

Hi, 

for the exam on Friday, 06.08.2021 14:00 in E2 2, Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal, there are the following regulations:

  • You must bring a medical mouth-nose-protection mask (surgical masks) or FFP 2 / KN 95 / N95 mask
  • You must wear your mask when entering and... Read more

Hi, 

for the exam on Friday, 06.08.2021 14:00 in E2 2, Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal, there are the following regulations:

  • You must bring a medical mouth-nose-protection mask (surgical masks) or FFP 2 / KN 95 / N95 mask
  • You must wear your mask when entering and leaving the building
  • You must wear your mask before the exam starts, while asking questions, and while we check attendance
  • We strongly recommend you to take a COVID-19 test in case you are not vaccinated or recovered
  • You are not allowed to participate in the exam when you observed symptoms of COVID-19 (details on that will follow on Thursday). If you provide a doctor's certificate to the examination office later on, the examination attempt will be canceled and will not count

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

23.07.2021

Exam Admission

Hello all,

you should now be able to see the results of all 12 Exercise Sheets and with that whether or not you reached 120 points, i.e., are admitted to the exam. You can find these information on your Personal Page in the CMS.

Please do not forget to... Read more

Hello all,

you should now be able to see the results of all 12 Exercise Sheets and with that whether or not you reached 120 points, i.e., are admitted to the exam. You can find these information on your Personal Page in the CMS.

Please do not forget to register for the exam in the LSF/HISPOS!

We wish you a nice weekend!

19.07.2021

Change in Tutorials (Discussion of Sheet 11 and 12)

Hello all,

as we have our last tutorials in this week and we did not discuss Exercise Sheet 11 and 12, this week is organized different.

Exercise Sheet 11 will be discussed this Wednesday in Max' tutorial.

Exercise Sheet 12 will be discussed this Friday in... Read more

Hello all,

as we have our last tutorials in this week and we did not discuss Exercise Sheet 11 and 12, this week is organized different.

Exercise Sheet 11 will be discussed this Wednesday in Max' tutorial.

Exercise Sheet 12 will be discussed this Friday in Luc's and Florian's tutorials.

Hence, we recommend you to join more than one tutorial this week. You can find the Zoom links for the tutorials in the Materials Section of the CMS.

Do not forget that these tutorials also offer a very good opportunity to ask questions to tutors before the exam.

06.07.2021

Exam

Hi, 

the date of the exam is getting closer, only 1 month to go. Some details regarding the exams:

  • The exam is on Friday, 06.08.2021 14:00 in E2 2, Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal
  • The backup exam is on Tuesday, 28.09.2021 14:00 in E2 5 HS I
  • Do not forget to... Read more

Hi, 

the date of the exam is getting closer, only 1 month to go. Some details regarding the exams:

  • The exam is on Friday, 06.08.2021 14:00 in E2 2, Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal
  • The backup exam is on Tuesday, 28.09.2021 14:00 in E2 5 HS I
  • Do not forget to register for the exam in LSF!
  • Remember: you need >=50% of the exercise-sheet points to be admitted to the exam.
  • The lecture-challenge system closes on 05.08.2021 23:59, until then you can collect bonus points for the exam. If you did not register with your student mail address, you have to write your username on the exam sheet to get the points!
  • You are allowed to bring a DIN A4 double-sided handwritten cheat sheet containing your name, but no other materials or tools
  • To get a feeling how the exams looks like, I've uploaded a demo exam to the Materials section

Cheers,
Michael

05.07.2021

Course Evaluation

Hello,

as already mentioned in the lecture and in the tutorials, we really encourage you to fill out the course evaluation in case you haven't so far.

As we expect the results of the evaluation a few weeks after the forms have closed, it is unsure how much... Read more

Hello,

as already mentioned in the lecture and in the tutorials, we really encourage you to fill out the course evaluation in case you haven't so far.

As we expect the results of the evaluation a few weeks after the forms have closed, it is unsure how much these results will influence this years iteration. However, your opinions will definitely form the shape of the next iterations of Cysec2.

Hence, we are really thankful for your opinions such that we can improve this course for your fellow students in future iterations.

 

PS: The evaluation forms are available in the General tab of the Materials section and you are able to fill them out until July 15.

17.06.2021

Today's Lecture - Part 2

Hi, 

we had some huge technical issues today with the lecture stream - it seems OBS doesn't like it if I talk about finding bugs ;) Therefore, the stream ends at "Symbolic Execution". I've now switched to a different streaming setup. I hope the 48 GB RAM and 8... Read more

Hi, 

we had some huge technical issues today with the lecture stream - it seems OBS doesn't like it if I talk about finding bugs ;) Therefore, the stream ends at "Symbolic Execution". I've now switched to a different streaming setup. I hope the 48 GB RAM and 8 cores are now enough for OBS, fingers crossed. 

I will continue streaming the lecture from "Symbolic Execution" today at 4pm (in roughly 15 minutes). I can fully understand if you won't watch it live, as this is not the usual timeslot. However, as the stream is online anyway, that should hopefully only be a slight inconvenience. 

Sorry again, and hope to still see some of you in the stream asking questions,
Michael

08.06.2021

Office Hour Tomorrow

Hello,

the usual tutorial slot, tomorrow (09.06) at 12PM, will be used for a general Office Hour as there is no new lecture content from last week and one of our tutors wanted to give you the opportunity to ask your questions in an Office Hour. You can use... Read more

Hello,

the usual tutorial slot, tomorrow (09.06) at 12PM, will be used for a general Office Hour as there is no new lecture content from last week and one of our tutors wanted to give you the opportunity to ask your questions in an Office Hour. You can use this chance to ask eventual last-minute questions regarding the current exercise sheet.

Feel free to join using the link of tomorrows tutorial. Note, that this is an offer for all students, not only for those that are assigned to the Wednesday tutorial slot.

02.06.2021

No Lecture Tomorrow + Submission Deadline Next Week

Hello all,

as tomorrow is a public holiday, there will be no lecture. Hence, as you may have already seen, Exercise Sheet 6 is due by next Wednesday.

Still, as Exercise Sheet 6 is significant work, we hope that most of you already started working on the sheet.... Read more

Hello all,

as tomorrow is a public holiday, there will be no lecture. Hence, as you may have already seen, Exercise Sheet 6 is due by next Wednesday.

Still, as Exercise Sheet 6 is significant work, we hope that most of you already started working on the sheet. If not, we strongly recommend you to start soon.

Happy Holiday!

29.04.2021

Accidentally Empty Submissions Exercise Sheet 2

Hello,

we observed that some of your submission contained empty PDF forms. We think that these were not intentional empty but that your PDF renderer had problems writing to (or saving) the forms on the sheet.
As we do not like giving 0 points to students due to... Read more

Hello,

we observed that some of your submission contained empty PDF forms. We think that these were not intentional empty but that your PDF renderer had problems writing to (or saving) the forms on the sheet.
As we do not like giving 0 points to students due to technical problems, we decided to re-open the submission until 11:59am tomorrow. Please make sure that the PDF contains your answer.

To double-check you could, e.g., download your submission from the CMS again and check whether the file still contains your answers. It is also often helpful to use the Print-As-File function of your PDF renderer and print the submission again as a PDF.

PS: This does not mean that all your submissions must use the PDF forms. Feel free to submit other styles of solutions as long as they are readable.

22.04.2021

Tutorial Assignment

Hello,

we did enable the preference selection for tutorial slots in the CMS while we also communicated that you can freely choose your tutorial slot. This led to some confusion regarding whether the preference selection means students can not visit any arbitrary... Read more

Hello,

we did enable the preference selection for tutorial slots in the CMS while we also communicated that you can freely choose your tutorial slot. This led to some confusion regarding whether the preference selection means students can not visit any arbitrary tutorial. First, we apologize for any confusion caused by this.

Second, as we observed that many of you prefer the same tutorial slot, we now have assigned you all to one specific tutorial slot. We encourage you to visit your assigned tutorial slot as a balanced number of students per tutorial leads to a better learning atmosphere.

However, we want to stick to our word and do not want to force you. Hence, if the assigned time slot does not fit into your schedule, you can change your tutorial slot on your own [1] and visit the slot that fits better.

If you have any questions regarding this, feel free to ask via our forum.

 

[1]: You can change your tutorial slot on your personal page.

18.04.2021

Reminder: CMS Team Groupings

Hello,

this is a kind reminder that you need to finish setting up your team in the CMS by the end of today. These teams are then fixed for the first submission. Afterward, the submission phase opens.

This scheme will most likely* be continued for the rest of... Read more

Hello,

this is a kind reminder that you need to finish setting up your team in the CMS by the end of today. These teams are then fixed for the first submission. Afterward, the submission phase opens.

This scheme will most likely* be continued for the rest of the semester. Hence, you can switch your team partner for every submission.

 

*: Of course, we will change this scheme if we observe major obstacles using it.

16.04.2021

Discord Server By and For Students

Hello,

we know that it is very hard to stay in touch with or even meet fellow students in these times.
Hence, below you will find a link to a Discord server (UdS SOFA) which has a large userbase and is hosted purely by other students.
Note, that this is... Read more

Hello,

we know that it is very hard to stay in touch with or even meet fellow students in these times.
Hence, below you will find a link to a Discord server (UdS SOFA) which has a large userbase and is hosted purely by other students.
Note, that this is completely inofficial and we, the Cysec2 team, are not moderating this server in any form.
Joining this Discord server is an optional offer and is not mandatory to pass this course.

Link to the Discord server: https://discord.gg/y9kjKy7d

16.04.2021

Tutorials start this week

Hello,

just as a quick reminder, the tutorials start today. You can find the associated Zoom links in the Materials section of the CMS.

14.04.2021

First Lecture Foundations of Cyber Security II

Hello and welcome everyone registered for this course!

The first lecture starts tomorrow at 2 pm (sharp) on YouTube. The link to the stream can be found on the Materials page. The stream is unlisted, so please don't share it outside of this lecture. 

Cheers,
... Read more

Hello and welcome everyone registered for this course!

The first lecture starts tomorrow at 2 pm (sharp) on YouTube. The link to the stream can be found on the Materials page. The stream is unlisted, so please don't share it outside of this lecture. 

Cheers,
Michael Schwarz

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Foundations of Cyber Security II

In this lecture, you will learn about software and system security. This includes malware, software vulnerabilities, isolation techniques, and side channels. You will learn about different types of software vulnerabilities, how to find vulnerabilities, how to exploit them, and ways to prevent vulnerabilities as well as techniques to deal with existing vulnerabilities. The following topics are covered in this lecture

  • Malware
  • Operating-system and Low-level Basics
  • Memory Safety + Exploitation
  • Finding Vulnerabilities
  • Preventing Vulnerabilities
  • Dealing with Vulnerabilities
  • Introduction to Side Channels

Time and Location

The lecture will take place every Thursday from 14:00-16:00, starting 15.04.2021. Location: YouTube (link on the Materials page). No physical presence is required except for the final exam (see below).

Weekly Tutorials

The weekly tutorials will also be online this year, which has the advantage that they scale well. We offer three tutorial slots. To give you some flexibility, you can change your tutorial at any time, or even attend all of them. 

Grading

Only the exam is graded. However, to register for the exam, you need at least 50% of the exercise sheet points. Additionally, there are optional lecture challenges that give you bonus points if you solve them. Bonus points can only be used to get a better grade if you already passed the course.

Written Exam

Exams are done in writing (or orally if the Covid situation does not allow written exams). The final exam will take place on Friday, 06.08.2021 14:00. Note that physical presence is required for the exam.

All questions of the exam are in English. Answers can be given either in English or in German, at the student’s discretion.

No lecture notes or any other materials are allowed during an exam. All materials required to solve the practical questions are provided at the exam.

Lecture Challenges

During the lecture, there will be small “Lecture Challenges” that you can optionally solve as a bonus. These challenges are optional, but solving them results in bonus points. The aim of the challenges is to dig deeper into a certain topic of the respective lecture. Thus, it is advisable to try to complete the challenge soon after the lecture.



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