Formal Methods for Information Security (Summer Term 2012)

Lecturer: Prof. Heiko Mantel
Format: Lecture with exercises (V4 + Ü2)
Language: English
Place and Time: Tuesday 11:40-13:20 in S2|02/C120
  Wednesday 9:50-11:30 in S1|03/226
  Thursday 9:50-11:30 in S2|02/C110
Assistant: Sarah Ereth


  • 2012-08-07: The inspection of the FMIS exam will take place on September 17, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00, in room E302.
  • 2012-03-05: On Wednesday, May 9, the course will take place in room S207/109.
  • 2012-03-12: Students must register for the exam before April 29, 2012.


The course (see also the description of the module) gives an overview on formal approaches to:

  • formal modeling of security-critical systems
  • formal specification of security requirements
  • formal security analysis of systems
  • theoretical foundations for developing secure software by stepwise refinement and composition.

The topics covered include:

  • introduction to formal methods for information security
  • formal modeling and analysis of access control mechanisms
  • formal modeling and analysis of information flow control
  • formal modeling and analysis of security protocols
  • formal modeling of trust relationships in distributed systems

Additional information for participants can be accessed using the password that is communicated during the first lecture.


Knowledge of Computer Science and Mathematics, equivalent to the first four Semesters in the Computer Science Bachelor program, in particular

  • ability to use formal languages and calculi
  • and basic knowledge about logic.


Scientific articles (to be announced in the lecture) and slides of the lectures (will be available online after the lecture). Additionally, e.g., one of the following books:

  • M. Bishop: "Computer Security", Pearson Education, 2002.
  • D. Gollmann: "Computer Security", Wiley, 2010.
  • C. P. Pfleeger, S. L. Pfleeger: "Security in Computing", Pearson Education, 2006.
  • J. Viega, G. McGraw: "Building Secure Software", Addison-Wesley, 2011.
  • D. Denning: "Cryptography and Data Security", Addison Wesley, 1982 (out of print, but still available on the internet)

Important Dates

Registration Period: April 1, 2012 - April 29, 2012 (attention: Sunday!)
Mid-term Examination: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Final Examination: Thursday, July 12, 2012

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