The Digitial Microscope (DM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number: O053-SP2-1108
Amount: $99,879.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-SP2
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
4900 University Square, Suite 8, Huntsville, AL, 35816
DUNS: 174265736
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Leigh Davis
 Senior Research Analyst
 (256) 430-0860
 ldavis@sentar.com
Business Contact
 Peter Kiss
Title: CEo
Phone: (256) 430-0860
Email: pkiss@sentar.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the critical issue of software defects and vulnerabilities in code, be it C, C++, Java or Visual Basic, Sentar proposes the Digital Microscope (DM). The DM simulates a native running environment in which a binary code can be encapsulated, analyzed, and tested for malefactor influence, as well as poor coding practices. The design of the DM will allow, for example, the testing of code through injection of timing mismatches, embedded codes, and buffer overflow attempts into the binary, all in a quarantined environment. It will also promote plug-and-play extensibility through the use of a multi-agent infrastructure for future enhancements such as security wrapper insertion, proof generation, and attack modeling and simulation. The resulting technology will substantially contribute to software vulnerability discovery and remediation by providing a comprehensive tool for validation of code safety prior to deployment.

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