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Covert Loading and Execution of Software Protections to Reduce Adversarial…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
86149
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-IA2-1145
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: 2008
Title: Covert Loading and Execution of Software Protections to Reduce Adversarial Detection
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1432
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

A number of software defenses exist that frustrate attempts to examine or tamper with a protected application. However, attackers are unlikely to approach the defenses head-on. One weak point is during installation and deployment of defenses. There is sort of a "who came first" game played between the protected application and the attacker. If the attacker arrives first, then they can observe the defenses as they are setup, gaining great insight into how the protections can be subverted. This opening must be prevented. We envision a technique that enhances existing defenses by protecting the loading phase of the sensitive application. Under this system, attackers are denied access to system initialization and sensitive software is made inseparable from the OS, thereby preventing attack before protection can be raised against it.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Johnson
Software Engineer
6072737340
tjohnson@grammatech.com

Business Contact:

Ray Teitelbaum
CEO
6072737340
tt@grammatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GRAMMATECH, INC.
317 N. Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID: 161338879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No