Prospect of fine grain dynamic memory access control with profiling

Dongkyun Ahn, Gyunho Lee

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Abstract

Attacks often exploit vulnerabilities in memory to compromise a system or get classified information. In spite of extensive research, attackers are still able to find security holes. In order to address the attacks exploiting vulnerabilities in memory, we propose fine grain dynamic memory access control with profiling. This technique builds profile data for memory accesses with training, and this data is referenced later to check if an access is an allowed legitimate one. To facilitate the fine grain memory access control at a reasonable overhead, instructions and memory words form access group to represent allowed accesses: within one access group, one instruction is accessing at least two memory words or one memory word is accessed by at least two instructions. One access group is assigned with its unique color, and this color is referenced to verify legitimacy of a memory access. In order to handle memory accesses to run-time generated object, we suggest an efficient addressing methods and identifier for associating group information with the object in profiling procedure. To verify its feasibility in statistical point of view, we have implemented our idea in Bochs simulator and results show that memory access control with profiling data can be reliable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 4th International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2010
Pages69-74
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event4th International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2010 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 2010 Jul 182010 Jul 25

Publication series

NameProceedings - 4th International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2010

Other

Other4th International Conference on Emerging Security Information, Systems and Technologies, SECURWARE 2010
CountryItaly
CityVenice
Period10/7/1810/7/25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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