Software Protection by Polymorphic and Metamorphic Transformations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-8031
Agency Tracking Number: O043-SP4-1130
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-SP4
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
9 Forrest Street, Alexandria, VA, 22305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sandra Ring
 Chief Scientist
 (703) 969-6404
Business Contact
 Sandra Ring
Title: President / Owner
Phone: (703) 969-6404
Research Institution
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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