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Researchers at List, a CEA Tech institute, developed and patented a dynamic code-generating technology for very small hardware platforms with limited memory and processing power—perfect for bolstering embedded systems' defenses against physical attack.
code has a unique capacity to change its appearance to keep hackers off its
trail. And researchers at List have developed a technology capable of
generating computer code “on the fly.” In other words, during execution the
code mutates, changing its outwardly-observable behavior without changing the
function of the code.
makes the technology particularly novel is its suitability for very small
hardware platforms. According to List, “The solution requires very little
memory and processing power, making it ideal for the Internet of Things.” And
how little is very little? Well, the solution requires around 2,000 times less
memory than a traditional system and can generate code 1,000 times faster!
technology could also be used for more powerful embedded systems, such as those
found in smartphones and tablets, and for servers.
polymorphic code ensures a substantial leap forward in terms of security at a
lower cost than other state-of-the-art methods. Testing has shown a 2,000-fold
increase in security.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.