CSE 290: Early Papers in Computer Security

Autumn 2016

Instructors: Hovav Shacham and Deian Stefan
Lectures: Wednesdays, 10:00–11:50 AM in EBU3B 4109.


In this course, we will read and discuss early papers in computer security.

Before each lecture, you are to read and be prepared to discuss all readings assigned. The course calendar lists the readings:

Recommended References

We will draw heavily on the excellent bibliography of early papers in computer security maintained by the UC Davis Security Lab.

In some cases there are retrospective papers available that add additional insight. Some sources for such papers:

A Possible Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Multics
  3. Confidentiality: BLP, Weismann
  4. Confinement/IFC: Saltzer and Schroeder, Denning, Lampson
  5. Operating systems: KSOS, PSOS
  6. Hardware
  7. Covert channels
  8. Virtualization
  9. The Orange Book
  10. Network protocols

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