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Operating System Defense against Network Stack Denial of Service Attacks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
58914
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0824
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Argus Systems Group, Inc.
1809 Woodfield Drive Savoy, IL 61874
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Operating System Defense against Network Stack Denial of Service Attacks
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0246
Award Amount: $69,810.00
 

Abstract:

"In a network stack Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack, numerous network packets flood the packet queues on a computer system, rendering the processing software on that machine (the "network stack") incapable of processing normal traffic. (This is not the sameas a network bandwidth attack, in which copious packets overwhelm the capabilities of the data lines in and out of the computer.)We propose to extend the operating system (OS)-level protection of PitBull Foundation to defend against network stack attacks by assigning certain packets a Security Label (SL) with network priority. A packet with the specified SL would be guaranteedpriority in the network stack, thereby allowing a remote administrator to access and recover a system even during a CPU DoS attack. Recovery during attack is key to survivability. An administrator would be able to access a computer, either at the computer or over a network, even during a network stack DoS attack. The administrator could then take actions to recover the system and keep it operational."

Principal Investigator:

Paul A. McNabb
Senior VP and CTO
2173556308
mcnabb@argus-systems.com

Business Contact:

Terry Snyder
Vice President and CFO
2173556308
snyder@argus-systems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Argus Systems Group, Inc.
1809 Woodfield Drive Savoy, IL 61874

EIN/Tax ID: 371305120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No