Software Protection by Polymorphic and Metamorphic Transformations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$746,370.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-8051
Award Id:
76563
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-SP4-1130
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9 Forrest Street, Alexandria, VA, 22305
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
152119025
Principal Investigator:
Sandra Ring
Chief Scientist
(703) 969-6404
sandy@pikewerks.com
Business Contact:
Sandra Ring
CEO
(703) 969-6404
sandy@pikewerks.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Software critical to national security and essential to a corporation's survival can easily be exploited through reverse engineering and unauthorized access. Without innovative protection initiatives, these vulnerabilities can be leveraged by an attacker to distribute a program without proper authority, tamper with its intended functionality, expose proprietary algorithms, and launch viruses/worms against identical applications on distributed hosts. When the attacker is a malicious insider, the challenge grows more complex because they may have decryption keys and are likely knowledgeable of auditing and detection capabilities. Therefore, to be successful, software protection mechanisms must be capable of defending against all methods of attack, including insider threats. During Phase I, Pikewerks drew upon the importance of diversity in application binaries to develop a prototype, ELECTRONIC ARMOR, that is capable of protecting software from various types of attacks. In Phase II, the prototype will be expanded and matured to include additional layers of polymorphic/metamorphic transformations, deception, and anti-tamper mechanisms that can be embedded within a binary. The product of Phase II will be a software security and digital rights management technology that can be successfully incorporated into both Government and commercial applications with minimal performance impact.

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