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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:
86147
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-IA2-1036
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pikewerks Corporation
105 A Church Street Madison, AL -
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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-1433
Award Amount: $99,978.00
 

Abstract:

Pikewerks proposes to research and develop methods to securely load and execute sensitive software modules in a covert manner that cannot easily be defeated by even the most dedicated adversaries. The mechanisms developed will enhance software protection systems by making them more robust against reverse-engineering efforts. Software loading approaches can be divided into pre-boot and post-boot mechanisms. Pre-boot approaches typically include BIOS or boot sector modifications. Post-boot approaches typically include the use of documented OS, user, and kernel driver loading mechanisms as well as undocumented methods such as the exploitation of unpublished vulnerabilities. Pikewerks will focus on pre-boot methods of software loading and covert execution. Research will focus on several different methods of covert software execution, and a prototype will be generated that demonstrates the feasibility of covert loading using either the best method or combination of methods discovered during the research.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Kline
Research Engineer
2563250010
jonathan.kline@pikewerks.com

Business Contact:

Michael Ring
CFO
2563250010
michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PIKEWERKS CORP.
105 A Church Street Madison, AL 35758

EIN/Tax ID: 331040567
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No