Software Anti-Tamper for Real-Time Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,997.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-R133
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-160-1484
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
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:
Ray Teitelbaum
CEO
(607) 273-7340
tt@grammatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Adversaries reverse engineer weapons systems to replicate a system's advanced capabilities or discover its weaknesses. The software in advanced civilian products is similarly reverse engineered by competitors. Many of these critical systems are real-time systems. The restrictions of real-time have a significant impact on the implementation of anti-tamper technology. This work will examine popular real-time operating systems and scheduling algorithms and develop anti-tamper technology that affects an application's timing in a predictable and acceptable way. The resulting system will (1) perform binary-to-binary transformations on programs to provide real-time software with state-of-the-art protection against reverse engineering and, (2) provide information about modifications to the timing characteristics of the program. Source-to-source transformations that offer extra protection will also be explored. As part of the Phase I work, some techniques will be incorporated into a prototype.

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