Software Anti-Tamper for Real-Time Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R133
Agency Tracking Number: A043-160-1484
Amount: $119,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-160
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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
Business Contact
 Ray Teitelbaum
Title: CEO
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Research Institution
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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