Software Protection via Alternative Mode Execution

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,030.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-1434
Award Id:
86151
Agency Tracking Number:
O081-IA2-1234
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
245 Hill Road, Rome, NY, 13441
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
085851181
Principal Investigator:
JosephSharkey
Senior Engineer
(315) 336-3306
sharkeyj@ainfosec.com
Business Contact:
BarryMcKinney
Business Development
(315) 336-3306
mckinneyb@ainfosec.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This project will examine the feasibility of using alternative modes of execution on x86 processors as a means of providing protection for sensitive applications. The research will aim to answer two main questions: 1) can alternate modes of execution provide an environment that is suitable for running an application; and 2) do these modes provide a better level of protection or isolation for the application then what is afforded by the Operating System (OS). Part of this study will also include a detailed examination of the differences between processor modes to identify differences in the observed runtime environment provided to an application (i.e. 16-bit vs. 32-bit operand size, physical vs. virtual addressing, etc).

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