CIS 5605-01
Syllabus, lectures, and other materials — Fall 2011

Fall 2011: Syllabus for CNT-5605-01

Final Paper Guidelines

Group Assignments

First Assignment

Second Assignment, due Friday, September 23

Third Assignment, due Monday, September 26

Fourth Assignment, due Wednesday, October 5

Fifth Assignment, due Friday, October 14

Sixth Assignment, due Friday, October 21

Seventh Assignment, due Wednesday, November 2

Eighth Assignment, due Wednesday, November 30

Ninth Assignment, due Friday, December 9

Class Notes


Introduction: POSIX(ly) Building Blocks

Introduction: Daemons and whatnot

Introduction: Daemons and whatnot, part 2






Naming the network with DNS

Treating the network as a filesystem

Other ways to use the network: Email and Web actions


Physical environment


Other Material


A simple program to display parent/child fork(2) information.

A small program to display parent/multiple children fork(2) information.

Email lists, newsgroups, RSS feeds, and so forth

I highly recommend reading comp.risks (you can read it in rdf format at, or via email --- instructions are at or adding its RSS feed at to your feed browser. Also, you might want to join the FSU Nolenet mailing list.

Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution; Appendix A, The Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate

The Evolution of the Unix Time-sharing System

The Art of Unix Programming

   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

2008-06-09: 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

2008-06-16: 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: 2008 article on top-level domains in the New York Times: New Flavors for Addresses on the Web Are on the Way

[ 2010-08-23: So, where are we at with the above article? Current List of Internet Top Level Domains ]

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

2008-07-09: 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

2009-03-06: 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

2009-05-12: Berkeley data break-in: Hackers attack campus databases, steal Social Security numbers, other data

2009-05-15: Backup woes at Avsim: Hackers 'destroy' flight sim site

2009-05-20: Microsoft IIS hole fells university server

2009-05-21: Microsoft IIS6 bug exposes sensitive files sans password

2009-07-15: U.S. Postal Service Gives Stamp of Approval to FOSS

2009-07-15: DHCP server can take over client

2009-07-21: Open-source firmware vuln exposes wireless routers

2009-07-23: Adobe Flash woes: New attacks exploit vuln in (fully-patched) Adobe Flash

2009-07-29: Major BIND bug: BIND crash bug prompts urgent update call

2009-07-29: FSU's response to the BIND bug: [Nolenet] DNS server code upgraded

2009-07-30: Data Exposure in the U.S. government: US Congress probes accidental top secret file sharing

2009-07-30: Hardware security: Intel warns over bare-metal BIOS bug

2009-07-31: DNS: Wildcard certificate spoofs web authentication

2009-07-31: iPhone: How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

2009-07-31: Fun with NULL pointers, part 1

2009-08-31: Warming server rooms: Intel says data centers much too cold: Frozen assets a waste of cash

2009-08-31: IIS bug gives attackers complete server control

2009-09-02: Why Gmail Failed Today

2009-09-09: Microsoft confirms critical unpatched Vista, Windows 7 RC bug

2009-09-09: Windows unpatchable: Microsoft: Patching Windows 2000 'infeasible'

2009-09-16: The Curious Case of the Failing Connections, The Curious Case of the Failing Connections, Part 2

2009-09-16: Microsoft starts warnings of support phase-out for older Windows Server releases

2009-10-07: A practical example of why you do not want to still be using 512-bit RSA keys: TI-83 Plus OS Signing Key Cracked

2009-10-12: Linux saves Aussie electrical grid

2009-10-12: Sidekick customers, during this service disruption, please DO NOT remove your battery, reset your Sidekick, or allow it to lose power.

2009-10-16: Big-Box Breach: The Inside Story of Wal-Mart’s Hacker Attack

2009-10-16: Maybe all's well that ends well? Microsoft recovers 'most, if not all' Sidekick users' data

2009-12-04: Test setup leaks into production: Bing dies (briefly) after Microsoft hits wrong button

2010-08-23: Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009

2010-08-25: Should developers have access to production?

2010-09-01: Microsoft releases FixIt for critical flaw in 100 apps

2010-09-07: Systemd Test Day on Tuesday 2010/09/07

2010-09-07: Part one of Doomsday Weekend: who can you trust?

2010-09-07: A series of disorderly events

2010-09-08: DNSSEC versus DNSCurve OpenDNS adopts DNSCurve

2010-09-15: Stuxnet attackers used 4 Windows zero-day exploits

2010-09-16: Bug bounties: Google Fixes 10 Bugs in New Chrome Release

2010-09-16: Intel eats crow on software RAID

2010-09-20: Siemens: Stuxnet worm hit industrial systems

2010-09-21: PostgreSQL 9.0 is now available

2010-10-20: Remaining IPv4 Address Space Drops Below 5%

PSN was running on unpatched Apache server with no firewall .

2011-05-10: Why Sony's PSN problem won't take down cloud computing

2011-05-10: Summary of the Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS Service Disruption in the US East Region

2011-05-10: Global CIO: Why The Amazon Cloud Outage Is Irrelevant

2011-05-31: BIND Named woes again: Large RRSIG RRsets and Negative Caching can crash named

2011-06-06: How a cheap graphics card could crack your password in under a second

2011-08-02: Anatomy of a Unix breach

2011-08-30: Fixing a CGI-like Script

2011-09-12: Rent-a-Bot Networks Tied to TDSS Botnet

2011-11-04: Chaos Computer Club analyzes government malware

2011-11-14: Et tu, Boeing? FACT CHECK: SCADA Systems Are Online Now

2011-11-14: Underground call-centre for identity theft uncovered by security researchers

2011-11-14: The Dark Side Of Biometrics: 9 Million Israelis' Hacked Info Hits The Web

2011-11-14: The Underground Economy of Fake Antivirus Software (PDF)

2011-11-14: The Perfect Scam

2011-11-14: Who killed the fake-antivirus business?

2011-11-14: Russian police take a bite out of online crime

2011-11-28: Japan's continuing cybersecurity problems: Upper House confirms falling victim to cyber-attacks

2011-11-28: Japan's continuing cybersecurity problems: Only 45% of lawmakers changed passwords after cyber-attack

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: Carrier IQ Tries to Silence Security Research Exposing Its Rootkit, gets Pinned Down by the EFF

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: The Rootkit Of All Evil — CIQ

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: Carrier IQ Tries to Censor Research With Baseless Legal Threat

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: Smartphone Invader Tracks Your Every Move

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: CarrierIQ

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: Proof Published that Carrier IQ is Recording Key Presses and Location Data

2011-11-30: Carrier IQ saga: The Storm Is Not Over Yet — Lets Talk About #CIQ