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Introduction to Computer

Security
Slide Set 1
CS498IA
Spring 2007
Nikita Borisov

Based on slides provided by Matt Bishop for use with


Computer Security: Art and Science
Outline
• Administrative Issues
• Class Overview
• Information Assurance Overview
– Components of computer security
– Threats
– Policies and mechanisms
– The role of trust
– Assurance
– Operational Issues
– Human Issues
Reading
• For this lecture:
– First Chapter of Computer Security: Art and
Science
• For next lecture:
– Read Chapter 2 of Computer Security: Art and
Science
Administrivia
• Instructor
– Nikita Borisov
• Communications
– Class web page http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/class/sp07/cs498ia
– Newsgroup class.cs498ia
• Office Hours:
– TBA
• Grades
– 2 midterms
– 1 final
– approx. bi-weekly homeworks
– extra project for graduate students taking IA4
Grading Scheme
IA3 IA4

Midterms 20% each 15% each

Final 40% 30%

Homeworks 20% 15%

Project N/A 25%


Security Classes at UIUC
• Security course roadmap
– http://iti.uiuc.edu/roadmaps/security-roadmap.html
• Two course security introduction sequence
– Cover “Computer Security: Art and Science” by Matt Bishop
– Introduction to Computer Security (CS461)
• Covers NSA 4011 security professional requirements
• A broad overview of security.
– Computer Security (CS463)
• Covers more advanced topics
• Covers introductory topics in greater depth
Security Classes at UIUC
• Applied Computer Security Lab - CS460
– Taught in spring
– With CS461 covers NSA 4013 system administrator requirements
– Project oriented course. Hands on experience to reinforce how basic
security concepts are implemented today.
• Advanced Computer Security - CS598cag
– Prepares students for research in computer security
– Seminar style course
• Cryptography
– Math 595/ECE 559
• Reading Group
– Listed as CS591rhc
– Student lead group. Reads and discusses current security research papers.
Write on Card
1. Your name & netid
2. Your year (if undergrad) or advisor (if
grad)
3. 400- & 500- level courses you’ve taken
4. Why you’re interested in computer
security
Why I Like Security
• You get to be paranoid

• You get to look at systems in a broad


context
Brief History of Computer
Security

“With the explosive growth of the


Internet, there has been a rise in
importance of computer security”
Time Lag
• Internet is 35 years old
– Was designed without security provisions

• “Explosive growth” started in mid-’90s


– Security not a priority until much later

• Explosive growth of desktops started in


’80s
– Also no emphasis on security
A less brief history
• Interest in computer security very old
– But largely confined to the military

• Other communities did not care


– Internet - it’s only a research network, who
would attack it?

– Desktops - who needs military security, I just


want to run my spreadsheet!
Important Events
• Morris worm - 1988
– Brought down a large fraction of the Internet
– Academic interest in network security
• E-commerce - mid ‘90s
– Industrial interest in network security protocols
• Resurgence of worms - early ‘00s
– Made computer security a household term
Class Topics
• Introduction and motivation
• Security Policies: Access Control Matrix, Confidentiality and integrity
policies
• Trusted Operating Systems
• Risk Analysis
• Legislation and security
• Applied Cryptography: basic crypto, key management, cipher
techniques, authentication
• Network security mechanisms
• Legal and ethical issues in security
• Security design principles, assurance techniques, Auditing
• System evaluation
• Code vulnerabilities and malicious programs
• Physical security
• EMSEC
• Hardware-enforced security
Basic Components
• Confidentiality
– Keeping data and resources hidden
• Integrity
– Data integrity (integrity)
– Origin integrity (authentication)
• Availability
– Enabling access to data and resources
Classes of Threats
• Disclosure
– Snooping
• Deception
– Modification, spoofing, repudiation of origin, denial of
receipt
• Disruption
– Modification
• Usurpation
– Modification, spoofing, delay, denial of service
Types of Attackers
• Unskilled hacker (“script-kiddie”)
• Skilled hacker
• Organized crime
• Nation-states
Policies and Mechanisms
• Policy says what is, and is not, allowed
– This defines “security” for the site/system/etc.
• Mechanisms enforce policies
• Composition of policies
– If policies conflict, discrepancies may create
security vulnerabilities
Goals of Security
• Prevention
– Prevent attackers from violating security policy
• Detection
– Detect attackers’ violation of security policy
• Recovery
– Stop attack, assess and repair damage
– Continue to function correctly even if attack
succeeds
Trust and Assumptions
• Underlie all aspects of security
• Policies
– Unambiguously partition system states
– Correctly capture security requirements
• Mechanisms
– Assumed to enforce policy
– Support mechanisms work correctly
Login Program
check_password(user, pass) {
if (user = “ken” and password = “xyzzy”) {
A return OK
}
...
}
Compiler Program
compile(source) {
if (match(source, “check_password”)) {
B insert(source, A)
}
...
}
Compiler Program
compile(source) {
if (match(source, “check_password”)) {
B insert(source, A)
}
if (match(source, “compile”)) {
insert(source, B);
}
...
}
Compiler Program
compile(source) {
if (match(source, “check_password”)) {
insert(source, A)
}
B if (match(source, “compile”)) {
insert(source, B);
}
...
}
Types of Mechanisms

secure precise broad

set of reachable states set of secure states


Assurance
• Specification
– Requirements analysis
– Statement of desired functionality
• Design
– How system will meet specification
• Implementation
– Programs/systems that carry out design
Operational Issues
• Cost-Benefit Analysis
– Is it cheaper to prevent or recover?
• Risk Analysis
– Should we protect something?
– How much should we protect this thing?
• Laws and Customs
– Are desired security measures illegal?
– Will people do them?
Human Issues
• Organizational Problems
– Power and responsibility
– Financial benefits
• People problems
– Outsiders and insiders
– Social engineering
Tying Together
Information
Threats
Policy
Specification

Design

Implementation

Operation
Key Points
• Policy defines security, and mechanisms
enforce security
– Confidentiality
– Integrity
– Availability
• Trust and knowing assumptions
• Importance of assurance
• The human factor