System Security

Course description

Operating systems provide the fundamental mechanisms for securing computer processing. Recently, the importance of ensuring such security has become a mainstream issue for all operating systems. In this course, we examine what it takes to build a secure operating system, and explore the major systems development approaches that have been applied towards building secure operating systems. This journey has several goals: access control, file systems encryption, and isolation. Moreover, the students will get various hand-on experiences with common Unix configurations.


DAC, SELinux, Capability, FDE, Syscalls.


Introduction to UNIX.


  • Operating System Security, by Trent Jaeger, 2008
  • Computer Security Principles and Practice (4th edition), by William Stallings and Lawrie Brown, 2017
  • Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective (3rd edition), by Randal E. Bryant and David R. O’Hallaron, 2016
  • Introduction of Computer Security, by Michael T. Goodrich and Roberto Tamassia, 2011


Mohamed Sabt is an Associate Professor (Maître de conférences) at the University of Rennes 1. Mohamed Sabt’s research focuses on:

  • Identification of flaws inside the design of security protocols as well as their implementations,
  • Smartphones security, Secure Elements (SE), and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE),
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Mohamed Sabt carries out his research within the SPICY Team at IRISA.

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