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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
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Finding and remedying high-level security issues in binary code

Dewey, David Bryan 07 January 2016 (has links)
C++ and Microsoft's Component Object Model (COM) are examples of a high- level lan- guage and development framework that were built on top of the lower-level, primitive lan- guage, C. C was never designed to support concepts like object orientation, type enforcement, and language independence. Further, these languages and frameworks are designed to com- pile and run directly on the processor where these concepts are also not supported. Other high-level languages that do support these concepts make use of a runtime or virtual machine to create a computing model to suit their needs. By forcing these high-level concepts into a primitive computing model, many security issues have been introduced. Existing binary- level security analysis tools and runtime enforcement frameworks operate at the lowest level of context. As such, they struggle to detect and remedy higher-level security issues. In this dissertation, a framework for elevating the context of binary code is presented. By bringing the context for analysis closer to where these security issues are introduced, this framework allows for higher-level analyses and enforcement frameworks to be developed.

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