CITS3007 Secure Coding

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit covers different types of security vulnerabilities of computer systems and how to prevent and mitigate the effects of them. Topics include: (1) memory and Arithmetic Errors; (2) validated input and inter-process communication; (3) race conditions and file operations; (4) cryptographic practises; and (5) development practices.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic execution model of computer programs and how programs represent and access their resources; (2) explain a range of common software vulnerabilities, the threats that they pose to correct execution, and steps to mitigate them; (3) validate a program's input data and external connections; (4) apply industry standard secure programming practices; and (5) develop a systems approach to the evaluation of a software system to identify security vulnerabilities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) practical programming project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Arran Stewart
Unit rules
12 points of programming-based units
Advisable prior study:
CITS2002 Systems Programming
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
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