Semantics-Aware Malware Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0102
Agency Tracking Number: A054-006-0176
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
GRAMMATECH, INC.
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
 Ray Teitelbaum
Title: CEO
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Email: tt@grammatech.com
Research Institution
 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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