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Identification and Modification of Features in Embedded Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: FA8750-18-C-0127
Agency Tracking Number: D2-2104
Amount: $999,936.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB014.2-002
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-06-13
Small Business Information
336 West 37th Street, New York, NY, 10018
DUNS: 078682097
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ang Cui
 (917) 259-1057
Business Contact
 Calvin Chu
Phone: (917) 591-1057
Research Institution
Unlike conventional computers, the embedded computers found in vehicles, routers and other Internet of Things devices lack the capability to have their software remotely updated. Vulnerabilities discovered in such devices remain unpatched, creating a large and growing attack surface. We propose to address this limitation in our Identification and Modification of Features in Embedded Devices (IMFED) framework. IMFED will reduce the functionality and complexity of COTS embedded device firmware to a minimal set required to support specific mission requirements. IMFEDs core technology is a flexible and finely granular method to identify, add, modify, or remove features in embedded device firmware. This core will be enabled by a feasibility study exploring the practicality of a new approach, hybrid emulation, for analyzing and debugging embedded device modifications.

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