Anti-Exploitation Software Protection Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-12-M-1393
Agency Tracking Number: O113-IA1-1154
Amount: $149,884.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD11-IA1
Solitcitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
Siege Technologies, LLC
33 South Commercial Street, Manchester, NH, -
Duns: 364217468
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Sharkey
 Sr. Principal Scientist
 (315) 215-1018
 joseph.sharkey@siegetechnologies.co
Business Contact
 Sam corbitt
Title: CFO
Phone: (774) 219-0056
Email: sam.corbitt@siegetechnologies.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
State-of-the-art software protection and anti-tamper systems move critical software and data"out-of-band"to the adversary, by using a hypervisor or on"secure"hardware. Unfortunately, the systems running this software are built using untrusted commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts. Supply chain threats to critical components, such as hardware or firmware Trojans, have invalidated the assumption that we can move our critical software and data completely"out-of-band"to the adversary, since the hardware components on which the software ultimately executes is untrusted. As a result, one must re-think the fundamental approach to building software protection and anti-tamper systems. Siege Technologies proposes a methodology and system to address these concerns on a COTS system, or a system composed of COTS parts. Our solution is specifically designed to augment existing software protection mechanisms, shielding them from attack by malicious hardware alterations. The research and systems design conducted in Phase I will shed new light on the problem space and establish new protection capabilities that guard against this threat and enable the system to run protected code in the presence of potentially compromised hardware.

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