CIS 4603-01
Syllabus, lectures, and other materials — Spring 2009

Spring 2009: Syllabus for CNT-4603-01

Class Paper Guidelines



Assignment #2: assigned on January 29, due on February 3 at the beginning of class.

Assignment #4: assigned on February 12, due on February 17 at the beginning of class.

Assignment #5: assigned on March 2, due on March 5 at the beginning of class.

Assignment #6: assigned on March 5, due on March 17 at the beginning of class.

Final Assignment: assigned on April 14, due on April 23 at the beginning of class.

Class Notes



Daemons, continued

Boot time






DNS continued

Webservices and Email

Webservices and Email, continued

Building Blocks


Advanced Authentication

RFC 2307, An Approach for Using LDAP as a Network Information Service

RFC 2849, The LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) - Technical Specification


Physical environment

Site visit

Other Material

2008-06-09: Reference to the Tanenbaum-Torvalds discussion of micro versus macro: Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution; Appendix A, The Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate

2008-06-09: An Email About A SAN here at FSU: SAN Issue -- root cause 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 enjoyable book on networking:

   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

2009-01-05: Backup woes: Hard Lessons in the Importance of Backups: JournalSpace Wiped Out

2009-01-22: NSA Selinux link:

2009-02-10: Data breach at FAA: FAA reports 45,000 data records pilfered from server

2009-02-26: Man-in-the-middle attack that looks viable: SSL Strip

2009-03-06: Finally, a vulnerability found in DJBDNS: Security Issue in DJBDNS Confirmed

2009-03-06: And a second vulnerability also found in DJBDNS: Rapid DNS Poisoning in DJBDNS

2009-04-01: Spam Back to 94% of All E-Mail

2009-04-06: Carbonite loses customer backups, sues Promise Technology