GrammaTech: protecting security-sensitive software from Spectre

GrammaTech announced that mitigation against Spectre attacks has been added to GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services for Intel and AMD processors, with support for ARM in development. This service allows legacy applications to be protected from branch target injection attacks without having to recompile the application.

This became an overnight necessity for cybersecurity practitioners that are concerned about Spectre, the recently announced security vulnerability in modern processors that can be leveraged to leak confidential information. The cyber community has been scrambling to make patches available for popular compilers to mitigate the attack. However, recompiling application or system firmware source code is not always an option in IoT, Defense, Consumer, Medical and Industrial systems. This leaves these systems vulnerable to exploits that leak information such as personal data, passwords or other confidential information from otherwise error-free applications.

Through GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services, practitioners can protect critical applications and libraries from Spectre attacks. This service uses binary analysis to determine vulnerable locations in the code, then transforms the original application binary by adding mitigation code to these locations. The mitigation code follows the ‘retpolines’ approach published by Google.

Cyber professionals with legacy applications who need to ensure their information remains safe and need a quick turnaround - but are unable to modify source code - can benefit immediately from this technology. To ensure your applications remain safe, contact GrammaTech for more information on Cyber Hardening Services.


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