Hardware-Assisted Fine-Grained Code-Reuse Attack Detection
Conference Proceeding Article
Code-reuse attacks have become the primary exploitation technique for system compromise despite of the recently introduced Data Execution Prevention technique in modern platforms. Different from code injection attacks, they result in unintended control-flow transfer to victim programs without adding malicious code. This paper proposes a practical scheme named as CFIGuard to detect code-reuse attacks on user space applications. CFIGuard traces every branch execution by leveraging hardware features of commodity processors, and then validates the traces based on fine-grained control flow graphs. We have implemented a prototype of CFIGuard on Linux and the experiments show that it only incurs around 2.9 % runtime overhead for a set of typical server applications.
Code-reuse attack, Control flow integrity, Indirect branch tracing
Computer Sciences | Information Security
Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses: 18th International Symposium, RAID 2015, Kyoto, Japan, November 2-4, 2015: Proceedings
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YUAN, Pinghai; ZENG, Qingkai; and DING, Xuhua.
Hardware-Assisted Fine-Grained Code-Reuse Attack Detection. (2015). Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses: 18th International Symposium, RAID 2015, Kyoto, Japan, November 2-4, 2015: Proceedings. 66-85. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
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