Have you ever wondered how hardware and software faults could affect the security and privacy of a computing environment? Modern general-purpose operating systems have become the lifeline for business and personal use.Throughout the course, students will examine and analyze the modern security mechanisms (e.g. MACs, ASLR, SMEP/SMAP, CFI, PAC, TPMs, and more) and learn the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, ensuring a solid defense against APTs and rootkits. Examining both software and hardware implementations, students will compare how effective these security components are amongst the major OS vendors. As virtualization has become ubiquitous in computing, students will also utilize KVM to build customized virtual machine solutions. Finally, students will examine how these mechanisms compare and are applied to modern mobile operating systems environments.Prerequisite(s): Familiarity with operating system concepts.