EXploit And Malware INcubator (EXAMIN)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0142
Agency Tracking Number: O053-SP2-1033
Amount: $99,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD05-SP2
Solitcitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
ATC - NY
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Duns: 101321479
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Brueckner
 Technical Director
 (607) 257-1975
 steve@atc-nycorp.com
Business Contact
 Richard Smith
Title: Controller
Phone: (607) 257-1975
Email: rick@atc-nycorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To control the costs of software development of complex, critical military, government, and commercial applications, organizations are turning to outside specialty sub-contractors and COTS software. However, the uncertain pedigree of purchased software leads to the possible presence of exploitable vulnerabilities and malicious code that represent unacceptable security risks. To mitigate this threat, enterprises require tools capable of safely and dynamically detecting security problems in executable object code prior to deployment. To address this need, ATC-NY, Architecture Technology Corporation, and Lockheed Martin will create the EXploit And Malware INcubator (EXAMIN), a tool designed to assist in the safe triggering and detection of malicious code and vulnerabilities in binaries. EXAMIN will consist of two main components: (1) an isolated sandbox built using a virtual machine that is capable of simulating deployment environments, and (2) an instrumentation system that monitors an executable's activity inside the sandbox and builds profiles of its resource usage. EXAMIN will be a flexible and extensible platform capable of simulating a variety of environments and accommodating a variety of supporting tools.

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