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Offensive Technologies

This course is one of the security courses of the Security Group in Trento.

It is offered at the University of Trento in the framework of the Cyber Security track of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) Master School programme.

It is also available in the normalMaster Degree in Computer Science and in Information and Communications Engineering at the University of Trento.

General Information

The course aims at advancing students’ concrete knowledge of attacks on operating systems, networks, and applications witha significant spur of creativity. Security notices (and even proof of concept exploits) are a little more than research ideas. They tells that something may be possible but do not explain the details (for obviosu security reasons). The students must use their creativity to understand what can possibly work and transforms the gaps and holes in the description into a workable product.

This course is also part of the 10K students , an European (so far) initiative to improve cyber-security education.


The goal of the 2019/2020 course is Class Capture The Flag in Security Testbeds.

Students learn how to set-up an operational environments (complex networks) in the DETER Cyber Security Testbed and then we will run through several case studies for the set-up of a network and its defense (Students will play alternatively attack and defense).

This is a practical hand-on course. There would be few lectures and mostly they would be presentations by students themselves to report how they are going.

If the number of attendees is too small, individual projects will be assigned for the EIT students who need to attend the course.

Qualification for the Course

The course includes having access to software that may be used to damage other people's computers. Hence, students who wishes to participate to this course must sign an ethical code of conduct and a non-disclosure agreement.

Since the course requires mastering complex techniques, a self-assessment questionnaire followed by an on-line test will be used to determined whether you have the right skills for the project.

This will be followed by two exercises for pre-qualification

  • Identify actual vulnerabilities from a sample of source code (when given an indication of the type of vulnerabilities and the fragment of the source code) - Exercise to be held on Mon. 23/09 (See Schedule)
  • be able run some basic Linux operating systems tasks in the Testbed - Exercise to be held remotely by each student and discussed in class by Fri. 27/09


This is an eligible course. This course is available for 12 ECTS Credits.

Grading is organized as follows:

  • 2-4 points for the vulnerability exercise
  • 15 points for the DETERLab exercises
  • 15 points for the DETERLab CCTF reports
  • 3 points for the advanced presentations


Sample of Projects in Past Academic Years

We also report a selection of past projects successfully pursued by students.

Offensive Technologies (2014/2015). Development of ROP exploits.

Offensive Technologies (2015/2016). Analysis of Governmental malware.

Offensive Technologies (2016/2017). From Vulnerabilities to Exploits

Offensive Technologies (2017/2018). Class Capture the Flag on DETERLab


The lectures/seminars etc. are on

  • Mon. 11:30-13:30 room A203
  • Fri. 13:30-16:30 room A223

On Mon Sept. 23 the vulnerability exercise will be in A202.



Lectures timeline TO BE CONFIRMED

Date Topic Slides Other Material
2019-09-16 Course and DeterLab Introduction
2019-09-20 Introduction to Vulns
2019-09-23 Vulnerability Exam
2019-09-27 Scanning attacks and Nmap
2019-09-30 Technological vectors pt.1
2019-10-04 Debriefing
2019-10-07 Technological vectors pt.2
2019-10-11 Debriefing
2019-10-14 Denial of Service
2019-10-18 Debriefing
2019-10-21 Snort
2019-10-25 Debriefing
2019-10-28 BGP
2019-11-01 No lecture (Holiday)
2019-11-04 Debriefing
2019-11-08 Debriefing
2019-11-11 APTs
2019-11-15 Debriefing
2019-11-18 Mass Attackers
2019-11-22 CCTF #1
2019-11-25 Debriefing CCTF
2019-11-29 CCTF #2
2019-12-02 Debriefing CCTF
2019-12-06 SOC experiments
2019-12-09 No lecture
2019-12-13 No lecture
2019-12-16 CCTF Presentation
2019-12-20 CCTF Presentation

Other Material

Other material is available in Google Classroom or in the Malware Lab Shares.

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