Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and Tampering of End-Node Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-C-1360
Agency Tracking Number: O063-IA6-1063
Amount: $749,888.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-IA6
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
12530 Rock Ridge Road, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 138256834
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Grainger
 Principal Engineer
 (703) 579-6695
Business Contact
 David Thompson
Title: President
Phone: (703) 421-9900
Research Institution
We propose to further the development of a secure integrity monitor for PCs. Its feasibility was determined in Phase I. It uses the System Management Mode of the Intel Pentium architecture (including compatible chips from AMD) to protect itself from tampering or interference by malicious software that is running in kernel mode, such as root-kits. It uses a statistical approach to malicious software detection that is asymmetrical in that it requires more effort from attackers to counter all of its potential protection mechanisms that it is required to actually execute.

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