Linux Security and Isolation APIs Training

Course code: M7D-SECISOL02

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Course overview

This course provides a deep understanding of the low-level Linux features (set-UID/set-GID programs, capabilities, namespaces, cgroups, and seccomp) used to implement privileged applications and build container, virtualization, and sandboxing technologies. A mixture of detailed presentations coupled with carefully designed practical exercises provide participants with the knowledge needed to understand, design, develop, and administer such applications. (The course does not cover administering container systems such as Docker and LXC, but by completion of the course participants will have a good understanding of various aspects of the underlying implementation and operation of such systems.)

Related courses

Parts of this course are also available in smaller pieces:

The System Programming for Linux Containers course contains the same content as the Linux Security and Isolation APIs course, but includes a preparatory day of fundamental system programming concepts.

For a picture of how these courses interrelate, see the course overview.

Course details

Course outline.

The course employs a lecture+lab format.

Audience and prerequisites

The primary audience comprises designers and programmers building privileged applications, container applications, and sandboxing applications. Systems administrators who are managing such applications are also likely to find the course of benefit.

In order to get the most out of the course, participants should have:

Note: participants are assumed to have knowledge of some fundamental Linux/UNIX system programming concepts including: file descriptors and file I/O system calls; basics of programming with signals; and the system calls that define the lifecycle of a process (fork(), execve(), wait(), exit()). Such knowledge is provided in either of the following courses:

Alternatively, the System Programming for Linux Containers course contains the same content as the Linux Security and Isolation APIs course, but adds a preparatory day of fundamental system programming concepts.

Lab sessions

A significant part of the course is spent on practical exercises. The lab sessions also provide participants with the opportunity to obtain one-to-one assistance from the trainer on the course material and exercises.

Course materials

Course participants receive course books of around 400 pages. The course books include all of the slides and exercises presented in the course.

The course book has been developed by the trainer, and is constantly updated based on ongoing changes in the Linux kernel, as well as practical teaching experience in courses.

In addition to the course book, participants receive a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, in ebook form.

The following samples give some idea of the course content and style of the course materials:

Onsite and virtual onsite courses

For onsite and virtual onsite courses, please email regarding availability and pricing.

Public courses: upcoming dates, prices, and booking

Date Location Maximum participants
1-4 October 2024
Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 14 Registration
12-15 November 2024
Online: UTC+1 timezone (Europe) 14 Registration
28-31 October 2025
Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 14 Registration

Online courses in Europe timezones are normally timed around Berlin time, starting at 08:00, 08:30, or 09:00. Online courses in Americas timezones are normally timed around New York time, starting at 09:00 or 10:00. Depending on the length of breaks, classes typically run for 8 to 8.5 hours per day.

For public 4-day online courses, the per-attendee price is €2700 reduced to €2600 when booked (and either paid or a company purchase order is supplied) at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. (In addition, 19% German VAT is charged for participants attending from German locations; 19% German VAT is also applicable for private attendees in any location in the European Union without a VAT ID.)

Currently (and for the foreseeable future), public versions of this course are delivered only in online format.

Discounts are available for multiple attendees from the same company or organization; please inquire at for details.

About the trainer

Michael Kerrisk has a unique set of qualifications and experience that ensure that course participants receive training of a very high standard: Michael Kerrisk

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