Software Partitioning to Migrate Critical Software Components to Trusted Hardware

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-1427
Agency Tracking Number: O081-IA1-1141
Amount: $99,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-IA1
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box 519, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Dick
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: Chairman
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
Despite the increased levels of application security offered by secure coprocessors, the barrier of entry into this realm has been prohibitively high for software developers. Coprocessors do not incorporate sufficient computational resources to host entire applications; therefore it is up to developers to refactor applications by hand in order to derive components that will be tailored to run on the trusted hardware. We propose to ease the transition of software, either in compiled or in source code form, onto secure coprocessor hardware by providing a suit of innovative tools that will automate the software partitioning process, as well as streamline the entire software production lifecycle for partitioned applications from development, to distribution, and finally to execution on client machines. “Secure Division(tm)”, our proposed toolset, will leverage a state-of-the-art program slicer to split software components in a manner guaranteed to be correct, provide high levels of security, and minimize performance penalties. We will include a secure runtime environment in our toolset that is specifically designed to allow dynamic execution of code on the trusted hardware without compromising its integrity.

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