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Wednesday, April 6 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Shuffler: Continuous Code Layout Randomization [D6]

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Many programs are vulnerable to code-reuse attacks, where their own code is stitched together to form a malicious exploit (known as Return-Oriented Programming or ROP). Recently, Just-In-Time ROP attacks have been described which dynamically discover a target program's code, so even if it is randomized differently every time it runs, ROP can still be performed. We present Shuffler, the first comprehensive re-randomization technique that continuously changes the layout of code in memory as it runs. This process is self-hosting, and the code which implements the migration is itself re-randomized. Shuffler defines a time window -- as short as 100ms -- within which a ROP attacker must gather information, compile, and execute their exploit. This extra time dimension will confound most existing attacks.

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David Williams-King

PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Columbia Engineering
David is a PhD student at Columbia University advised by Junfeng Yang, Simha Sethumadhavan, and Roxana Geambasu. His interests include security and operating systems, compilers, and speech recognition. He currently researches randomization-based techniques to defeat code reuse attacks... Read More →
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Michelle Zheng

Undergraduate Student in Computer Science and Economic, Columbia College
Michelle is an undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Economics.  She is assisting David Williams-King with his research project, the Shuffler. Michelle’s interests include security, compilers and 3-D user interface design. Michelle is graduating from Columbia College... Read More →



Wednesday April 6, 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium Lerner Hall, Columbia University 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10040

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