Title

Binhunt: Automatically Finding Semantic Differences in Binary Programs

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

10-2008

Abstract

We introduce BinHunt, a novel technique for finding semantic differences in binary programs. Semantic differences between two binary files contrast with syntactic differences in that semantic differences correspond to changes in the program functionality. Semantic differences are difficult to find because of the noise from syntactic differences caused by, e.g., different register allocation and basic block re-ordering. BinHunt bases its analysis on the control flow of the programs using a new graph isomorphism technique, symbolic execution, and theorem proving. We implement a system based on BinHunt and demonstrate the application of the system with three case studies in which BinHunt manages to identify the semantic differences between an executable and its patched version, revealing the vulnerability that the patch eliminates.

Discipline

Information Security

Research Areas

Information Security and Trust

Publication

10th International Conference on Information and Communications Security (ICICS 2008)

First Page

238

Last Page

255

ISBN

9783540886242

Identifier

10.1007/978-3-540-88625-9_16

Publisher

Springer Verlag

City or Country

Berlin

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-88625-9_16