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CYBR 611 Vulnerability Discovery and Exploitation

Vulnerability analysis and its connection to exploit development are core skills for one involved in cyber operations. This course covers vulnerability discovery and exploitation. The focus is to understand the pattern of vulnerabilities and attacks to allow students to experience protection, risk mitigation, and identify vulnerabilities in new contexts. Topics will include buffer overflows, privilege escalation attacks, input validation issues, vulnerability discovery (fuzzing and crash dump analysis), exploit development, and mitigations (e.g., DEP, ASLR, ¿).

Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for CYBR courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.
3 Graduate credits

Effective May 6, 2020 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Describe and identify the various types of vulnerabilities, their underlying causes, their identifying characteristics.
  • Define, discuss, and explain the ways in which vulnerabilities are exploited and the potential mitigation strategies.
  • Explain and discuss how to apply fundamental security design principles during system design, development and implementation to minimize vulnerabilities.
  • Evaluate how a vulnerability in a given context may be applied to alternative contexts and to adapt vulnerabilities so that lessons from them can be applied to alternative contexts.
  • Identify a vulnerability in software employing common mitigations and develop an associated proof of concept exploit.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of vulnerability disclosure.

Summer 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Vulnerability Discovery and Exploitation Helmus, Jonathan C Books for CYBR-611-50 Summer 2024 Course details for CYBR-611-50 Summer 2024