Malware (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Roberto Giacobazzi
Roberto Giacobazzi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II sem. dal Mar 1, 2018 al Jun 15, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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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.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Filiol, Eric Computer Viruses: from theory to applications Springer 2005 978-2-287-28099-3

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.

Statistics about transparency requirements (Attuazione Art. 2 del D.M. 31/10/2007, n. 544)

Data from AA 2017/2018 are not available yet