Deep Understanding of Complex High-Assurance Hypervisor Source Code

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-08-M-0137
Award Id:
86095
Agency Tracking Number:
O072-I09-4020
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:
Paul Anderson
VP of Engineering
(607) 273-7340
paul@grammatech.com
Business Contact:
Ray Teitelbaum
CEO and Chairman
(607) 273-7340
tt@grammatech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Hypervisors offer a virtualization platform that is cost effective and attractive from a security point of view because guest operating systems are independent of each other. However, these claims of independence must be certified before it is permitted to use a hypervisor in a security-critical environment. The cost to perform a Common Criteria security evaluation of such low-level system code is very high, and the complexity of the code often thwarts automated tools that could help. We propose to work on advanced static analysis techniques to help reduce this cost by providing user interfaces that aid a user gain understanding of the functionality of the code. When risky features are identified, the hypervisor can be refactored to remove them. The same static analysis techniques can be used to help assess the impact of the refactoring on the remainder of the code. These techniques will include advanced versions of program slicing and chopping, and software model checking. Variations of more superficial techniques will also be explored. The work will build on our existing static analysis platform. We will work closely with the customer and with existing customers involved in performing such certifications.

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