Malware (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Roberto Giacobazzi
Roberto Giacobazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 31, 2017.
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Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM lesson Laboratory Laboratorio Ciberfisico  
Friday 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Laboratory Alfa from Oct 10, 2016  to Jan 10, 2017

Learning outcomes

Malware is the art of breaking down and understanding how it works, how to identify them, and how to eliminate them. Malware design is instead its programming so that its analysis is difficult. The course introduces both of these aspects through practical examples and activities. The student will see some malicious techniques for malicious behavior and methods for engineering a malware. The main purpose of the course is to show the most popular masking techniques and to bring the student to have a critical knowledge of their design and implementation.


Malware definitions, Taxonomy, theoretical virology, Malware life cycle, polymorphism and metamorphism, code similarity and similarity analysis, android malware, bot net, logic bomb, worms.

Assessment methods and criteria

The students will be asked to produce home-works during the course and the reverse engineering of a given malware or the design of a new malware. Malware reverse engineering or the new malware design will be made by groups of at least 2 students and no more than 3 students. Students may freely choose which project do within the list proposed at the end of the course.