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FirePatch: Secure and Time-Critical Dissemination of Patches Abstract

By Dag Johansen


Because software security patches relay information about vulnerabilities, they can be reverse engineered into exploits. Tools for doing this already exist. As a result, there is a race between hackers and end-users to first obtain patches. In this paper we present and evaluate FirePatch, an intrusion-tolerant dissemination mechanism that combines encryption, replication, and sandboxing such that end-users are able to win the security patch race.

Year: 2009
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