Security Lab 2020

Type Practical Project Seminar
ECTS 7.0 (+4.0)
Schedule Type Weekly Meetings
Area Data and Information Management
Lecturer Prof. Dr. Ulrike Meyer
Teaching Assistants Andreas Klinger, Sebastian Schäfer, Florian Kerber


Note: Application to the practical course is closed.

In order to apply for the lab, please send us an email with your write-up of the entry challenge and a motivation why you want to participate. See below for further information regarding the entry challenge.

Within a week after the deadline of the application (and before the deadline of the registration for other labs/seminars), we will notify you whether you have a spot in the lab or not. If you got a spot, you need to confirm within a week that you actually want to participate.

Important Dates

  • Entry Challenge: 2019-12-18 till 2020-01-07 23:59.
  • Bi-weekly exercises
  • Weekly meetings (Room 205 on the second floor in the UMIC Building, Mies-van-der-Rohe Strasse 15)


  • Basic IT-security knowledge (e.g. have attended the IT-Security lecture, the Security in Mobile Communications lecture, ...).
  • Basic Linux (command-line) skills.
  • At least decent or advanced programming skills in one programming language.
  • Decent knowledge of networking (TCP/IP).


We will discuss mainly the following topics and implement various practical attacks in those application fields.

  • Wireless technologies in practice, e.g. session hijacking, WEP/WPA/WPA2 hacking...
  • Network traffic analysis, e.g. analysis of authentication protocols, sniffing...
  • Security countermeasures, e.g. reactive security, system analysis...
  • Attacks against cryptography, e.g. key recovery in cryptographic ciphers, factorization attacks...
  • Web application security, e.g. cross-site scripting, wargames...
  • Code analysis, e.g. java byte code analysis, reverse engineering...
  • Malware analysis, e.g. analysis of botnet samples and rootkits
  • Android security, e.g. analysis of mobile malware and forensic data analysis
  • ...

You have to solve common tasks every two weeks and work on it in the lab or at home. Each participant has to introduce a special part of a selected topic in a short talk/presentation. Be prepared to spend some time in the lab.

Entry Challenge

The challenge is now online!

You can submit your solution till Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 23:59. You are not allowed to submit in teams and you have to solve the challenge on your own!

Here is the challenge that you can solve in order to significantly increase your chances of getting a spot in the Security Lab. Note, that the quality of your solution to the entry challenge influences your chance of getting one of the highly sought-after spots in the lab.


Collect as much information as possible about this file. If you think you have found everything, you might want to dig deeper or try something else...

Submit what you were able to find to

The deadline for submitting your solutions is Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 23:59!

For the write-up, make sure to tell us

  • How you approached the problem.
  • What you found in each step (including everything interesting).
  • Why you pursued or didn't pursue any particular avenue.
  • Also write down everything you tried (even if it did not lead to success).

Make sure, to also include

  • The Motivation
  • Your Major
  • Student Number

Have fun!


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