SaTC: STARSS: Small: Domain Informed Techniques for Detecting and Defending Against Malicious Firmware

Principal Investigator: Kevin R. B. Butler

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Start Date: August 15, 2018

End Date: July 31, 2021

Amount: $333,328


Embedded systems play a large role in our daily lives. They are found in everything from computers and consumer electronics to appliances and automobiles, and represent a market estimated to be worth almost $160 billion. Many of them, however, use inexpensive microcontrollers that cannot easily be analyzed, so it is unclear how well they operate in practice. This work seeks improve the safety and security of these systems by developing techniques to analyze their firmware, particularly with regards to the popular Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Bluetooth protocols.

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