Dynamically Obfuscating Virtual Execution Engine (DOVE)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,989.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0184
Award Id:
78576
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-150-0346
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320, Austin, TX, 78759
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
158034665
Principal Investigator:
Braxton Thomason
Senior Research Engineer
(512) 342-0010
bthomason@21technologies.com
Business Contact:
Darrin Taylor
Vice President
(512) 342-0010
dtaylorz@21technologies.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The United States Army is increasingly dependent on weapons platforms that rely on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware coupled with mission critical embedded software. Autonomous weapons platforms such as unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicles and bomb/mine defusing robots are very effective at assisting the warfighter in countering asymmetric threats. This gives U.S. forces strategic and tactical advantages. Increased autonomy increases the risk of capture and subsequent reverse-engineering. The use of COTS hardware components makes the software much more susceptible to reverse-engineering than customized hardware. Reverse engineering a weapons platform enables an adversary to compromise the platform's mission and cost soldiers' lives. Anti-tamper (AT) and anti-reverse engineering (ARE) methods focus on sufficiently delaying or making it economically infeasible for the adversary; it is well understood that is impossible to entirely prevent re-engineering. The Dynamically Obfuscating Virtual Execution Environment (DOVE) will severely inhibit the adversary's ability to reverse engineer or tamper with weapons software in a timely manner by applying dynamic obfuscation. The dynamic obfuscation in DOVE will undermine and invalidate the software cracker's most basic assumptions about code execution and make it extremely difficult to reverse engineer or tamper with code.

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