Software Protection to Deter Malicious Forensic Data Collection and Exploitation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-1363
Award Id:
83060
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-IA9-1258
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:
ColinVan Dyke
Sr. Scientist
(607) 273-7340
colin@grammatech.com
Business Contact:
RayTeitelbaum
CEO and Chairman
(607) 273-7340
tt@grammatech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Global networks bring both new power and new risks. Mission-critical applications are increasingly spread over national or global networks to enable information gathering and sharing on an unprecedented scale. While this large-scale information sharing promises new efficiencies, each endpoint in a network represents a new point of attack. Sensitive applications running on a network must cope with the possibility that some endpoints have been compromised and are gathering forensic data for malicious ends. We propose a combination of technologies and techniques for protecting sensitive software from malicious forensic data collection. Our approach incorporates the following ideas: Offloading portions of the code to reconfigurable hardware; disguising sensitive applications as benign; using covert channels to communicate with relocated code; and providing artifacts that demonstrate the correctness of the protection.

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