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Imbuing Trust in Untrusted Hardware to Improve Protections

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
96910
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O102-IA1-1017
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD 10-IA1
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: 2010
Title: Imbuing Trust in Untrusted Hardware to Improve Protections
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-1057
Award Amount: $97,559.00
 

Abstract:

The Pikewerks InTrust system is a two-stage system designed to detect malicious implants or alterations in COTS hardware and firmware. It is meant to be used during both the integration/pre-deployment and the deployment stages to first establish trust and then maintain that trust during fielding. The pre-deployment test platform will make use of invasive testing and analysis techniques to ensure no unauthorized information leakage is occurring or embedded malware exists. Since many of these tests are heuristic-based and a number of malicious hardware modifications may have zero footprint until activation, however, it is possible that some alterations or implants will get past the pre-deployment analysis. As such, InTrust's second stage hardware sensors and firmware analysis mechanisms are designed to be embedded into fielded COTS platforms to detect tamper, attempts at modification, and the side effects of a triggered alteration. Further, once a tamper or modification attempt is detected, InTrust employs the Malicious Hardware Shield (MHS) to seal off regions of memory from direct access from unauthorized devices. InTrust can then integrate with existing Pikewerks environmental key generation to prevent unauthorized exposure of CPI/CT.

Principal Investigator:

Cody Buntain
Director of Research
2563250010
cody.buntain@pikewerks.com

Business Contact:

Sandy Ring
Founder & President
2563250010
sandy.ring@pikewerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Pikewerks Corporation
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