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Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
83050
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-IA6-1063
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASHTON SECURITY LABORATORIES, LLC
12530 Rock Ridge Road Herndon, VA 20170 2885
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and Tampering of End-Node Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-07-M-8110
Award Amount: $91,210.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop a secure niche from which to run integrity management or other OS and application monitoring software on COTS PCs running popular COTS operating systems. The security of the proposed environment will have no dependency on the correct operation of the host operating system. The security model will assume that the operating system and its kernel have been compromised. The design of the secure niche will be capable of being formally modeled, proved, and evaluated under the Common Criteria at a high assurance level. Our approach is to use the Security Management Mode (SMM) that is part of every Pentium processor as the core of the mechanism, using it to implement a new security ring (call it Ring -1) below the Ring 0 kernel. Various payloads can then be run in this niche, such as integrity monitors and virus checkers, to protect the OS and user applications and data from corruption. The secure niche protects the payload so the payload can protect the system.

Principal Investigator:

Gary Grainger
Principal Engineer
7035706695
ggrainger@ashtonlabs.com

Business Contact:

J. D. Thompson
President
7034219900
jdt@ashtonlabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASHTON SECURITY LABORATORIES, LLC
12530 Rock Ridge Road Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 810633947
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No