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Diversified Hypervisors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-16-C-0224
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T11-0149
Amount: $149,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT11
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-04-17
Small Business Information
540 North Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
United States
DUNS: 364217468
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Sharkey
 (315) 215-1018
 joseph.sharkey@siegetechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Sam Corbitt
Phone: (774) 219-0056
Email: sam.corbitt@siegetechnologies.com
Research Institution
 Dartmouth College
 Sherrie Read
 
6211 Sudikoff Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755
United States

 (603) 646-3007
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

The widespread adoption of cloud computing resources has resulted in the proliferation of virtualization technologies.New technology begets new attack vectors; consequently, a new breed of malware techniques have emerged that detect the presence of a virtual machine or hypervisor and respond by directly attacking the hypervisor in an attempt to breakout of the virtual machine container. To counter this emerging threat, Siege Technologies proposes to research novel hypervisor based security primitives and extend its existing small footprint, cross-platform hypervisor with advanced security capabilities to protect OS kernels and nested inner hypervisors.Advanced hypervisor based defenses will help ensure trustworthy computation on virtualized systems despite the growing threat to virtualization technologies. Sieges hypervisor maintains a small footprint by offloading the complexities of VM management, physical device sharing and virtual device emulation to the native operating system or traditional inner hypervisor (e.g. VMWare, Xen, KVM).This design allows the Siege hypervisor to reduce its complexity, decrease its own software attack surface, and most importantly, specialize in supporting research and design into radical new security and forensics mechanisms.

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