Defenses Against Reverse Engineering

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$763,827.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-8007
Agency Tracking Number:
O031-0184
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD03-004
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
GRAMMATECH, INC.
317 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
603978321
Principal Investigator:
David Melski
Senior Scientist
(607) 273-7340
melski@grammatech.com
Business Contact:
Tim Teitelbaum
CEO
(607) 273-7340
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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