Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and Tampering of End-Node Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$734,318.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-1359
Award Id:
83049
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-IA6-1042
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
105 A Church Street, Madison, AL, 35758
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
152119025
Principal Investigator:
RyanKnotts
Research Engineer
(256) 325-0010
ryan.knotts@pikewerks.com
Business Contact:
MichaelRing
COO
(256) 325-0010
michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The ability to protect software from piracy, unauthorized use, reverse-engineering, or other malicious analysis represents a valuable commodity in a currently underserved market. While existing techniques for protecting software applications are able to stop juvenile cracking attempts, a desperate need exists for more sophisticated solutions which can protect Critical Intellectual Property (CIP) from skilled software crackers and state-sponsored reverse-engineering labs. Binary Fortress is designed to provide a secure environment for the safe execution of sensitive applications without fear that confidential data or proprietary algorithms will be exposed or stolen. This process is transparent to the user, and the underlying protection mechanisms do not require any access to the application's source code or software build process. Instead, protection can be added to any existing binary executable or application library that is in the Windows-native PE file format. This flexibility ensures that system architects are given the freedom to choose exactly which applications require enhanced software protection in a variety of deployment scenarios. Sherri Sparks and Shawn Embleton of Clear Hat, experts in the field of Windows kernel development, and Don Bailey, a leading researcher of hypervisor technology will join with the Pikewerks team to tackle these challenging problems.

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