Results from the January 2018 SFS Research Study at UMBC
Enis Golaszewski, CSEE, UMBC
12:00-1:00pm Friday, 12 October 2018, ITE 227
January 22-26, 2018, UMBC SFS scholars worked collaboratively to analyze the security of a targeted aspect of the UMBC computer system. The focus of this year’s study was the WebAdmin module that enables users to perform various functions on their accounts, including changing the password. Students identified vulnerabilities involving failure to sanitize user input properly and suggested mitigations. Participants comprised BS, MS, MPS, and PhD students studying computer science, computer engineering, information systems, and cybersecurity, including SFS scholars who transferred from Montgomery College (MC) and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) to complete their four-year degrees at UMBC. We hope that other universities can benefit from our motivational and educational strategy of cooperating with the university’s IT staff to engage students in active project-based learning centering on focused questions about the university computer system.
Enis Golaszewski is a PhD student and SFS scholar in computer science working with Dr. Sherman on blockchain, protocol analysis, and the security of software-defined networks.
This project was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under SFS grant 1241576.
Host: Alan T. Sherman,
The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab meets biweekly Fridays. All meetings are open to the public.