Innovative Differential Analysis Software Protection Aids

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-03-M-1510
Agency Tracking Number: O031-0029
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
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
DUNS: 021859301
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Reifer
 Chief Technical Officer
 (310) 530-4493
 dreifer@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Donald Reifer
Title: President
Phone: (310) 530-4493
Email: dreifer@earthlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I SBIR effort is to reduce the potential compromise of the protection hooks built into software when programs are updated due to differential analysis. To achieve this goal, RCI proposes to augment its proven software sneak circuitanalysis methodology to shore up its strengths and compensate for any weaknesses identified relative to the threat. Augmentation will be accomplished by developing new software sneak circuit seeding algorithms designed specifically to counter the threat.In addition, a keypad relocation scheme will be produced to permit authorized users to remove sneak circuits in the field should they need to perform maintenance actions (i.e., patch, update, etc.). Besides being simple, robust, low cost and able tooperate on most standard processors, software sneak circuits have been shown to both minimize performance degradation of real-time software operating in weapon systems and maximize the potential to collect forensic information about the exploiter and theexploitation attempt. To assess potential commercialization of the technology, RCI will conduct an aligned market survey and develop a business plan. They will also plan a technology demonstration should they be awarded a Phase II follow-on effort.Military and commercial software used in banking, gaming and gambling applications needs protection when placed in the field from tampering and exploitation attempts. Providing such protection presents an emerging niche market that is currently lackingtools, training and support. RCI believes that it can penetrate this market and become a leader by developing products and services that fill the current void. Besides providing military and commercial systems with needed protection, RCI believes that itcan grow its business and make a profit by commercializing innovations in this marketplace.

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