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COMP8053 - Embedded Software Security

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Title:Embedded Software Security
Long Title:Embedded Software Security
Module Code:COMP8053
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Computer Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donna OShea
Module Author: VINCENT RYAN
Module Description: The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) networked world of embedded systems presents a unique and increasingly important security challenge. Malicious actors will increasinly use these systems to perform a variety of undesired activites such as identity theft and illegal remote monitoring. As many of these devices by their nature are resource starved, may or may not have an operating system and are physically accessable securing these devices requires a different skillset to traditional software security. This module provides the learner with both the technical and theoretical skills to test and harden embedded software for this new threat landscape.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Appraise the current threat and security landscape for contemporary embedded systems.
LO2 Analyse the exploitation techniques used against embedded systems and means to mitigate against such attacks.
LO3 Evaluate secure software development approaches and techniques for contemporary embedded systems and platforms.
LO4 Utilise specialized tools for testing the security of embedded software.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Embedded Software Security
Microprocessor and micro-controller security considerations, system categorization.
Threats and Exploitation
Buffer overflows, integrity overflow, heap overflow, return oriented vulnerabilities, Ret2ZP, ROP, format string attacks, TPM attacks, Exploitation techniques.
Secure Embedded Development
Dynamic analysis, static analysis, manual code reviews, TPM, LSM for embedded systems, limiting kernel access, identifying security and non-secure functions, encryption.
Standards and Techniques
Standards, CISQ, execution space protection, data handling, integrity checking.
Tools
binwalk, OpenWrt in Qemu, Firmware Modification Toolkit, GDB, SamuraiSTFU.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project This project will evaluate the learner's practical skills in applying the tools and techniques detailed in this module to an embedded application for security vulnerabilities. This will require the use of tools and techniques and the patching of security vulnerabilities in embedded software. 1,2,3,4 50.0 Week 9
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Formal Exam. 1,2,3,4 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent & directed learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture delivering theory underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical computer-based lab supporting learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent & directed learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Konstantinos Markantonakis and Keith Mayes 2014, Secure Smart Embedded Devices, Platforms and Applications, Springer [ISBN: 9781461479147]
  • Kleidermacher, David, and Mike Kleidermacher. 2012, Embedded systems security: practical methods for safe and secure software and systems development, Elsevier [ISBN: 9780123868862]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Fei Hu 2016, Security and Privacy in Internet of Things (IoTs): Models, Algorithms, and Implementations, CRC Press [ISBN: 9781498723183]
  • C. Warren Axelrod 2012, Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems, Artech House [ISBN: 9781608074723]
  • Will Arthur and David Challener 2015, A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0: Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security, Apress Open [ISBN: 9781430265832]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Ebert, C. and Jones, C. 2009, Embedded software: Facts, figures, and future., Computer, vol 42 issue 4
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KDNET_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems 7 Mandatory

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