COMPGA12 - Applied Cryptography
This database contains the 2017-18 versions of syllabuses. Syllabuses from the 2016-17 session are available here.
Note: Whilst every effort is made to keep the syllabus and assessment records correct, the precise details must be checked with the lecturer(s).
|Code||COMPGA12 (Also taught as COMPM064)|
|Taught By||Nicolas Courtois (100%)|
Understanding how cryptographic algorithms keys and protocols, and an appropriate hardware (software) environment can solve security problems (confidentiality, integrity, authenticity). Showing how security is achieved in reallife systems in areas of telecom, government/identity, buildings/transportation, payment.
Learning how security problems are solved in the industry, and understanding why specific choices are made.
Tentative schedule is as follows:
Week 1: Selected Elliptic Curve crypto and digital signature topics [needed for labs and crypto currency topics].
Week 2: Hardware Security and Side-channel attacks (timing, SPA, DPA and DFA). Side-channel attack countermeasures. [also covered in labs].
Week 3: Smart cards and cryptographic protocols. RFID technology, Authentication.
Week 4: Bank cards and terminals, history, EMV specs, different forms of security, fraud, attacks.
Week 5: Symmetric cryptography engineering and random number generation. Best practices.
Week 6: Public key crypto engineering, secure email/messaging, digital signatures, certificates.
Week 7: More applications of PK crypto. Electronic passports and ID cards vs. SDA/DDA/CDA in bank cards.
Week 8: Electronic commerce, SSL/TLS, Forward Security, attacks on TLS.
Week 9: Financial cryptography, payment systems, blockchains and crypto currencies, bitcoin, stealth address techniques, ring signatures, monero.
Week 10: Zerocash, advanced crypto solutions for anonymous payments.
Tutorial and Labs: Writing programs with standard crypto libraries (OpenSSL, NTL, GMP, MPIR) and developing efficient and secure implementations of cryptography in C++/Java.
Method of Instruction
Tutor-led class sessions, problem solving sessions and private study. Crypto implementation lab.
The module has the following assessments:
- Written Examination (2.5 hours) (85%)
- Coursework (15%): Moodle Quiz
To pass this module, students must:
- Obtain a mark of at least 50% for the module overall.
Reading list available via the UCL Library catalogue.