Defenses Against Reverse Engineering

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-8007
Agency Tracking Number: O031-0184
Amount: $763,827.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD03-004
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
317 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 603978321
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Melski
 Senior Scientist
 (607) 273-7340
 melski@grammatech.com
Business Contact
 Tim Teitelbaum
Title: CEO
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Email: tt@grammatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Existing software systems face the threat of reverse engineering. Given enough time and resources, a determined hacker can recover the design of a software program by examining its binary. The consequences of this can be dramatic: the hacker may gain unauthorized access to sensitive computer systems, allowing him to wreak untold havoc. At worst, this may allow him to compromise national security, or to perpetrate a terrorist attack. A more common result is for the hacker to "crack" software protection, thereby enabling illegal and widespread dissemination of the intellectual property rights found in, or protected by, the hacked software. During Phase I, GrammaTech developed a prototype tool for adding protection against reverse engineering to software binaries. During Phase II, GrammaTech will develop this prototype into a state-of-the-art anti-reverse-engineering tool.

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