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IK2000 Security Architecture for Open Distributed Systems 7.5 credits

The course covers special, advanced topics of security in distributed systems: protocols for suspicious users, protocols for anonymous transactions, smart cards technologies and administraiton, security for mobile agents, formal models of computer security, Java security and intrusion-detection systems

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2000 (Spring 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

1.Principles for distributed systems and object oriented technology
2.Advanced applications and protocols for distributed systems (group protocols, untrusted users)
3.Kerberos authentication system
4.Authentication protocols for distributed systems
5.Secure distributed systems
6.Integrated secure distributed systems

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should:
•    Have a deep and comprehensive understanding of:
   o    Significant characteristics of open / distributed systems from a security point of view
   o    Current threats and security algorithms, mechanisms and protocols in open distributed systems.
•    Be able to analyze the implementation and functioning of applications and systems in open network environments from the point of view of their security.
•    Be able to design and implement secure applications in open and distributed systems, as well as applications that provide security services for such environments.

Course disposition

Lectures and project assignment

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic and advanced principles of computer security
Security protocols and architectures for wired networks. (Course 2I1503)


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  • Anirban Chakrabarti: Grid Computing Security, 3-54044-492-0
  • Yang Xiao: Security in Distributed, Grid, Mobile, and Pervasive Computing, 0-84937-921-0

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The student needs to pass both the written exam and the assignment (project). The final course grade is based on the grade of the written exam.

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IK2000

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Principles of Computer Security (IV2024)
Computer Networks Security (IV2020)


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Supplementary information