Commodity Auxiliary Processors for Enhanced Software Tamper Protection (CAPESTAR)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,638.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-07-M-8122
Award Id:
83023
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-I10-1084
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORP. (Currently ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION)
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052062833
Principal Investigator:
Barry Trent
Computer Scientist
(952) 829-8019
btrent@triticom.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Thruber
President
(952) 829-5864
kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Software plays an ever-increasing role in modern weapons systems. The consequences of enemies capturing and reverse engineering the software in these systems pose a real risk for the DoD. Anti-tamper technologies protect these assets by increasing the costs associated with extraction of this information by enemy forces. "Out-of-band" protection measures (involving trusted hardware modules) are considered to be most effective, with "in-band" protection measures (implemented only in software) being considered less effective. Increasingly, COTS systems include special-purpose auxiliary processors, such as dedicated graphics processors. These auxiliary processors can substitute for proprietary trusted hardware modules in a hybrid approach to increase the effectiveness of anti-tamper protection. To enhance existing "in-band" protection measures, Architecture Technology Corporation will leverage its extensive experience in software Anti-Tamper technologies to design and build a novel, hybrid anti-tamper approach: Commodity Auxiliary Processors for Enhanced Software Tamper Protection (CAPESTAR). CAPESTAR will move anti-tamper functionality off the main CPU onto COTS auxiliary processors within the system, providing increased resistance to tampering and also "locking" the software to a particular hardware configuration. CAPESTAR will function automatically and will not require any specialized programming knowledge, expertise, or experience related to the specifics of the COTS auxiliary processors used.

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