A memory access validation scheme against payload injection attacks

Dongkyun Ahn, Gyungho Lee

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The authenticity of a piece of data or an instruction is crucial in mitigating threats from various forms of software attacks. In spite of various features against malicious attacks exploiting spurious data, adversaries have been successful in circumventing such protections. This paper proposes a memory access validation scheme that manages information on spurious data at the granularity of cache line size. A validation unit based on the proposed scheme answers queries from other components in the processor so that spurious data can be blocked before control flow diversion. We describe the design of this validation unit as well as its integration into the memory hierarchy of a modern processor and assess its memory requirement and performance impact with two simulators. The experimental results show that our scheme is able to detect the synthesized payload injection attacks and to manage taint information with moderate memory overhead under acceptable performance impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses - 15th International Symposium, RAID 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses, RAID 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2012 Sept 122012 Sept 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7462 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses, RAID 2012


  • Code injection attack
  • Information flow tracking
  • Memory access validation
  • Return-oriented programming
  • Return-to-libc attack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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