Software Protection by Polymorphic and Metamorphic Transformations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-8031
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:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Sandra Ring
Chief Scientist
(703) 969-6404
sandy@pikewerks.com
Business Contact:
Sandra Ring
President / Owner
(703) 969-6404
sandy@pikewerks.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Integrity and security of application programs critical to National Security are vulnerable to differential analysis, reverse engineering, and exploitation of static buffer overflows. Without incorporating software protection initiatives, these vulnerabilities can be leveraged by an attacker to distribute a program without proper authority, tamper with its intended functionality, expose techniques behind proprietary algorithms, and launch viruses/worms against identical applications on distributed hosts. We propose to demonstrate the importance of diversity in application binaries and the feasibility of utilizing polymorphic (static) and metamorphic (dynamic) transformations as protection mechanisms. As our past research has demonstrated, these are highly efficient methods that can be incorporated into both Government and commercial applications with tremendous success.

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