Welcome to nob.cs.ucdavis.edu!

This computer, named nob.cs.ucdavis.edu, is in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis. It's run by an ex-San Franciscan named Matt Bishop (me). It is named after the Nob Hill district in San Francisco, California. That district has a lovely view of the San Francisco Bay, and cable cars climb its hills. (I have fond childhood memories of riding on those cable cars with my mom and my brother. They are lots of fun for children, even grown children.) The picture at the right is of a cable car descending the hill, looking towards the Bay Bridge. (I couldn't find one with a better view of the Bay. Next time I'm in the city, I'll try to take one.)

I do research in computer security. This system contains several web pages. I have them here so I can update them more easily than I can the Security Lab's web page. If you're looking for something in particular and it's not here, you might try there.

Here is a list of the web pages that are available on this system. Please look and enjoy!

Nob Hill in San Francisco
Computer Security: Art and Science
This is the web site for my book, published December 2002, and as of now (November 2004) into its sixth printing. You will find here information on the book (including where you can purchase it, a table of contents, and a sample chapter), errata sheets for the various printings, slides (not yet completed), instructors' guides (again, still under construction), and other information. If you need something and you don't find it, please let me know.
Introduction to Computer Security
This is the web site for an undergraduate version of my book, published November 2004. You will find here information on the book (including where you can purchase it, a table of contents, and a sample chapter), errata sheets for the various printings, slides (not yet completed), instructors' guides (again, still under construction), and other information. If you need something and you don't find it, please let me know.
My personal web pages
This is about me, and contains my PGP key, infomation about my professional activities, my humor (warning: with respect to this, you're on your own!), and pointers to other pages. Some parts are under construction. Others are stable but will change (notably the humor page, as I hear jokes I like, and the quotes page).
Classes
These are web pages for the classes I have taught. The format changes pretty radically after 2002, because I switched from maintaining my own web site to using the campus one, called MyUCDavis, which has some helpful features (such as the ability to accept student homework submissions and release web pages after a given date).
Security Exercises
In 2008, SANS held a workshop for faculty to present and discuss exercises to encourage “secure” (really, robust) programing. Here are some of the exercises from that workshop.
The History Papers
These web pages contain many seminal papers in computer security that are widely cited but not easily available. They are all technical reports and other works not published in journals or conferences (at least not in this form). All were sponsored by the United States government, and therefore can be posted without violating copyright (since works produced under the U. S. government's auspices are not copyrighted). Have a look around and see where it all began!

San Francisco isn't what it used to be, and it never was. —Herb Caen

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2209 Watershed Science
Phone: (530) 752-8060
Email: send to my last name at ucdavis dot edu (this, to slow spam)