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SEC. 13.1
Milojicic, ‘‘Security and Privacy’’
Security has many facets, including operating systems, networks, implications
for privacy, and more.
In this article, six security experts are interviewed on their
thoughts on the subject.
Nachenberg, ‘‘Computer Virus-Antivirus Coevolution’’
As soon as the antivirus developers find a way to detect and neutralize some
class of computer virus, the virus writers go them one better and improve the virus.
The cat-and-mouse game played by the virus and antivirus sides is discussed here.
The author is not optimistic about the antivirus writers winning the war, which is
bad news for computer users.
Sasse, ‘‘Red-Eye Blink, Bendy Shuffle, and the Yuck Factor: A User Experience of
Biometric Airport Systems’’
The author discusses his experiences with the iris recognition system used at a
number of large airports. Not all of them are positive.
Thibadeau, ‘‘Trusted Computing for Disk Drives and Other Peripherals’’
If you thought a disk drive was just a place where bits are stored, think again.
A modern disk drive has a powerful CPU, megabytes of RAM, multiple communi-
cation channels, and even its own boot ROM. In short, it is a complete computer
system ripe for attack and in need of its own protection system. This paper dis-
cusses securing the disk drive.
13.1.10 Case Study 1: UNIX, Linux, and Android
Bovet and Cesati,
Understanding the Linux Kernel
This book is probably the best overall discussion of the Linux kernel. It covers
processes, memory management, file systems, signals, and much more.
IEEE, ‘‘Information Technology—Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX),
Part 1: System Application Program Interface (API) [C Language]’’
This is the standard. Some parts are actually quite readable, especially Annex
B, ‘‘Rationale and Notes,’’ which often sheds light on whythings are done as they
are. One advantage of referring to the standards document is that, by definition,
there are no errors. If a typographical error in a macro name makes it through the
editing process it is no longer an error, it is official.
The Linux Programmer’s Toolbox
This book describes how to use Linux for the intermediate user, one who
knows the basics and wants to start exploring how the many Linux programs work.
It is intended for C programmers.

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CHAP. 13
Linux Core Kernel Commentary
The first 400 pages of this book contain a subset of the Linux kernel code. The
last 150 pages consist of comments on the code, very much in the style of John
Lions’ classic book.
If you want to understand the Linux kernel in all its gory
detail, this is the place to begin, but be warned: reading 40,000 lines of C is not for
13.1.11 Case Study 2: Windows 8
Cusumano and Selby, ‘‘How Microsoft Builds Software’’
Have you ever wondered how anyone could write a 29-million-line program
(like Windows 2000) and have it work at all?
To find out how Microsoft’s build-
and-test cycle is used to manage very large software projects, take a look at this
The procedure is quite instructive.
Rector and Newcomer,
Win32 Programming
If you are looking for one of those 1500-page books giving a summary of how
to write Windows programs, this is not a bad start.
It covers windows, devices,
graphical output, keyboard and mouse input, printing, memory management,
libraries, and synchronization, among many other topics. It requires knowledge of
C or C++.
Russinovich and Solomon,
Windows Internals, Part 1
If you want to learn how to use Windows, there are hundreds of books out
there. If you want to know how Windows works inside, this is your best bet.
covers numerous internal algorithms and data structures, and in considerable tech-
nical detail.
No other book comes close.
13.1.12 Operating System Design
Saltzer and Kaashoek,
Principles of Computer System Design: An Introduction
This books looks at computer systems in general, rather than operating systems
per se, but the principles they identify apply very much to operating systems also.
What is interesting about this work is that it carefully identifies ‘‘the ideas that
worked,’’ such as names, file systems, read-write coherence, authenticated and
confidential messages, etc. Principles that, in our opinion, all computer scientists in
the world should recite every day, before going to work.
The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering
Fred Brooks was one of the designers of IBM’s OS/360. He learned the hard
way what works and what does not work. The advice given in this witty, amusing,
and informative book is as valid now as it was a quarter of a century ago when he
first wrote it down.

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