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SBIR Phase I: Defenses Against Malicious Code

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
74494
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0441562
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GrammaTech, Inc
531 Esty Street Ithaca, NY 14850-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: SBIR Phase I: Defenses Against Malicious Code
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0441562
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will investigate a new approach to hardening programs against attack. The defense mechanism works by controlling how a process can interact with its environment, making it exceedingly difficult for an attacker to commandeer a system and manipulate it for malicious purposes. The most common propagation methods of worms and viruses will be thwarted. The approach is made possible by recent advances in static program analysis. The technology will enable users to harden programs, even when the source code for some or all of the program's components are unavailable, as is commonly the case with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Worms and viruses have plagued information systems for decades. If successful, the system herein will increase network security substantially. Today, it is relatively easy to launch a worm or virus. While no technology can prevent every type of attack, the system will significantly increase the difficulty of launching attacks and eliminate vulnerability to many of the attacks used today. The broad protection it offers will also prevent future types of attacks. Furthermore, the R&D required to develop this technology will result in static program analysis infrastructure that makes it easier to build tools that examine programs. Such tools would work on both source code and program binaries, and could support reverse engineering or audits of programs for vulnerabilities or insider attacks.

Principal Investigator:

David G. Melski
Dr
6072737340
melski@grammatech.com

Business Contact:

David G. Melski
Dr
6072737340
melski@grammatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GrammaTech
317 North Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No