Software Sneak Circuit Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$67,609.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DASG60-02-P-0142
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0139
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Reifer Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Box 4046, Torrance, CA, 90510
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021859301
Principal Investigator:
Donald Reifer
Chief Technical Officer
(310) 530-4493
dreifer@earthlink.net
Business Contact:
Donald Reifer
President
(310) 530-4493
dreifer@earthlink.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
RCI proposes to develop a software sneak circuit methodology to assist BMDO in responding to Mr. Gansler's anti-tampering policy memo. This methodology would embed sneak circuits into the code to obfuscate critical software/firmware and COTS/GOTScomponents and protect them against tampering. Sneak circuits would also be used to collect evidence of tampering. If our Phase I research is successful, we would be able to protect critical software/firmware components from tampering in a manner capablewith approaches used to protect hardware. Such compatibility is advantageous because it allows those using the technique to put a single, comprehensive test program into place to verify and validate that weapons systems comply with the anti-policyguidelines issued by the DoD Anti-Tampering Program Office in the Pentagon. RCI proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of its innovation during Phase I. During Phase II, we will implement a planned demonstration of the technology. Protection againsttampering is required to protect software/firmware used in embedded systems, both military and commercial. If successful, this effort would provide those defending against tampering with a sneak circuit methodology and associated toolset that they coulduse to systematically counter the threat.

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