Semantics-Aware Malware Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0102
Award Id:
74153
Agency Tracking Number:
A054-006-0176
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
317 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
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 Institute:
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN, COMP. SCI.
Somesh Jha
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI, 53706
(608) 262-9519
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this proposal is to advance the state-of-the-art in malware detectors, and thereby offer protection against next-generation malicious code. Currently, malware detectors - in the form of commercial virus scanners - are an important component in the defense of computer systems. We propose to build on a technique that has demonstrated its ability to detect malware in the presence of common obfuscations, and to outperform existing commercial malware detectors. A key goal of this proposal is to address shortcomings of existing malware detectors by (a) being able to recognize obfuscated malware, and (b) providing the ability to preemptively scan for malicious code before it is ever observed in the wild, thereby preventing damage from a day-zero attack.

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