Flux Research Group / School of Computing

Advanced Adaptive Application (A3) Environment- Initial Experience

Partha Pal, Richard Schantz, Aaron Paulos, John Regehr, and Mike Hibler

Proceedings of the Middleware 2011 Industry Track Workshop (Middleware) 2011.

DOI: 10.1145/2090181.2090186

Security, Virtualization


This paper introduces the notion of execution-containing security-focused adaptive middleware that mediates the protected application's interactions with the environment. We describe the prevention-focused and adaptive middleware-based mechanisms implemented as part of the Advanced Adaptive Applications (A3) Environment along with initial evaluation results. A3 is a near-application and application-focused cyber-defense technology being developed under the DARPA Clean-slate design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH) program. The prevention-focused mechanisms represent the progress made in the first year of a four year project, and constitute one of the three pillars of A3, the other two being advanced state management and replay with modification, which are currently under development.