An Architecture A Day Keeps The Hacker Away

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Title: An Architecture A Day Keeps The Hacker Away
Author: Holland, David; Lim, Ada T.; Seltzer, Margo

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Citation: Holland, David A., Ada T. Lim, and Margo I. Seltzer. 2005. An architecture a day keeps the hacker away. In Proceedings of the 2004 Workshop on Architectural Support for Security and Anti-Virus, Boston, MA. Special issue, Computer Architecture News 33 (1):34-41.
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Abstract: System security as it is practiced today is a losing battle. In this paper, we outline a possible comprehensive solution for binary-based attacks, using virtual machines, machine descriptions, and randomization to achieve broad heterogeneity at the machine level. This heterogeneity increases the “cost” of broad-based binary attacks to a sufficiently high level that they cease to become feasible. The convergence of several recent technologies appears to make our approach achievable at a reasonable cost, with only moderate run-time overhead.
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