Automated Tools for Software Protection Technology Insertion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-8023
Agency Tracking Number: O043-SP3-1226
Amount: $98,802.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-SP3
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue , Purdue Technology Center, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Rice
 Senior Scientist
 (765) 775-1004
Business Contact
 John Abernathy
Title: CEO/CFO
Phone: (708) 846-0621
Research Institution
Protecting national security software against unauthorized distribution and exploitation is necessary for the protection of intellectual property (IP) and secrets in our nation. Modern software attack and analysis tools have become, along with their users, more skilled at analyzing and modifying programs. Currently, technologies that protect, detect, and react (PDR) to the exploitation of binary executables are inserted in a manual or semi-automated fashion. This method of insertion, especially manual insertion, is labor intensive, time-consuming, and subject to human error. This proposal describes a method for utilizing current PDR insertion and measurement technologies which can be used to build an automated tool that quickly and securely generates binary executable protections that fit within given performance and size constraints. The approach described is unique in that it uses artificial intelligence to evolve optimal protections. Such an approach could pave the way for future software security standards.

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