TEK5510 – Security in Operating Systems and Software

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course introduces the concept of security in operating systems and software and gives a brief overview of applications of cryptography. The main subjects are software vulnerabilities and malicious software, and techniques for mitigating these threats.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have an understanding of the principles of securing a computer system
  • have knowledge of security policies and mechanisms in operating systems
  • understand vulnerabilities in operating system and software
  • have insight into methods for development and test of security in software

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

It is recommended with basic knowledge in mathematics and programming.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of exercises/laboratory exercises per week throughout the semester.

This course has one mandatory project assignment during the semester, which must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.


Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade. In case of many students, the final exam may be written. 

One mandatory project assignment must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK9510 – Security in Operating Systems and Software, UNIK4270 – Security in Operating Systems and Software (continued), UNIK9270 – Sikkerhet i operativsystemer og programvare (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 18, 2021 3:17:25 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)