CIS 4407-01
Syllabus, lectures, and other materials — Summer 2008

Summer 2008: Syllabus for CIS-4407-01

Group Information

Journal Guidelines

Final Paper Guidelines


Group Members and Configuration Information

Assignment #3 — posted on 2008-06-08 corrected and re-posted on 2008-06-09, due on 2008-06-13

Assignment #4 — posted on 2008-06-16, due on 2008-06-18

Assignment #5 — posted on 2008-06-30, due on 2008-07-07

Assignment #6 — posted on 2008-07-09, due on 2008-07-11

Assignment #7 — posted on 2008-07-14, due on 2008-07-16

Assignment #8 — assigned on 2008-07-18, due on 2008-07-21

Assignment #9 — assigned on 2008-07-23, due on 2008-07-28

Assignment #10 — assigned on 2008-07-28, due on 2008-07-30

Assignment #11 — assigned on 2008-07-30, due on 2008-08-08

Class Notes


Processes, daemons, and so forth

Daemons continued


System administration as "root"

User administration




DNS continued

Web services

Web services continued


Environment and Security

Fundamental considerations

Data replication

Other Material

Reference to the Tanenbaum-Torvalds discussion of micro versus macro: Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution; Appendix A, The Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate

An Email About A SAN here at FSU: SAN Issue -- root cause explanation

An explanation as to what we are trying to accomplish with assignments 1 and 2: Assignment 1 and 2 Explanation

2008-06-09: An Email about a Mailman problem here at FSU: Mailman problem

2008-06-11: An Email about a ClamAV problem with respect to Selinux: ClamAV/Selinux problem

2008-06-13: Reference for the book mentioned in class:

   Network Warrior
   by Gary A. Donahue
   Publisher: O'Reilly
   Pub Date: June 01, 2007
   Print ISBN-10: 0-596-10151-1
   Print ISBN-13: 978-0-59-610151-0
   Pages: 598

2008-06-16: Morgan Stanley and AFS: When Your Business Depends On It: The Evolution of a Global File System for a Global Enterprise

2008-06-16: Relatively recent (2006) NFS operations resource: Linux NFS-HOWTO

2008-06-27: Recent article on top-level domains in the New York Times: New Flavors for Addresses on the Web Are on the Way

2008-07-07: Recent article on consumer views of service downtimes in the New York Times: As Web Traffic Grows, Crashes Take Bigger Toll

2008-07-09: Recent article on patching DNS flaw: Vendors form alliance to fix DNS poisoning flaw

2008-07-09: DNS patches prove fatal for some software: MS DNS patch snuffs net connection for ZoneAlarm users

2008-08-08: Press release from Dr. Bernstein on DNS cache poisoning: DNS still vulnerable, Bernstein says

2008-08-11: Plastic Keys to Physical Locks: Researchers Crack Medeco High-Security Locks With Plastic Keys

2008-08-20: An Email about an administrator failing to set permanent state after setting temporary state: Blocked Hosts List?

2008-08-22: An Email about an intrusion at Redhat's Fedora: Infrastructure report, 2008-08-22 UTC 1200