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A Metric-Based Scheme for Evaluating Tamper Resistant Software Systems

Abstract : The increase use of software tamper resistance techniques to protect software against undesired attacks comes an increased need to understand more about the strength of these tamper resistance techniques. Currently the understanding is rather general. In this paper we propose a new software tamper resistance evaluation technique. Our main contribution is to identify a set of issues that a tamper resistant system must deal with and show why these issues must be dealt with in order to secure a software system. Using the identified issues as criteria, we can measure the actual protection capability of a TRS system implementation and provide guidance on potential improvements on the implementation. We can also enable developers to compare the protection strength between differently implemented tamper resistance systems. While the set of criteria we identified in this paper is by no means complete, our framework allows easy extension of adding new criteria in future.
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Gideon Myles, Hongxia Jin. A Metric-Based Scheme for Evaluating Tamper Resistant Software Systems. 25th IFIP TC 11 International Information Security Conference (SEC) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. pp.187-202, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15257-3_17⟩. ⟨hal-01054518⟩

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