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DD249U Project course in System Security 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 contract education

Target group

Contract education

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P4 (7.5 hp)


18 Mar 2024
3 Jun 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 contract education

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 contract education


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD249U (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes several technologies for security of system software. The technologies are based on memory isolation, monitoring, static analysis and diversification to prevent, discover or mitigate illegal behaviour.

  • Part I. Trends in system security: buffer overflow, code injection, control flow manipulation, side channel attack, error injection
  • Part II. Design of system software
  • Part III. Mechanisms for system security: memory inspection, remote control, memory address randomization, reliable start, isolation of error in software

The main assignment in the course are to design, implement and evaluate. The work is carried out in groups as a project.

We base our experiments on an existing operating system. 

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify vulnerability of systems, exploit them and evaluate their impact
  • compare the efficacy of different countermeasures
  • design and implement security mechanisms for computer systems
  • document their arguments and results

in order to be able to evaluate and improve the security of computer systems.

Literature and preparations

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Project documentation, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 6.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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