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Cyber Center Researchers Develop Defense Techniques Against ROP Attacks

March 25, 2015

Title: Defense techniques against ROP attacks on drones

A team of Cyber Center researchers, led by Professor Elisa Bertino director of Cyber Center, has developed stealthy return-oriented-programming (ROP) attacks to software running on small drones that use the Ardupilot Mega 2.5 (APM) platform. The team has also developed an efficient and effective  defense technique, based on randomization, against such attacks.

The attacks and defense techniques are described in the paper "'MAVR: Code Reuse Stealthy Attacks and Mitigation on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" by Javid Habibi, Stephen Calrson, Ajay Panicker, Aditi Gupta, and Elisa Bertino) which will be presented at the 35th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2015), June 29th-July 2nd, 2015, Columbus, OH.

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