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Security through Diversity: Are We There Yet?

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3 Author(s)
Larsen, P. ; Univ. of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA ; Brunthaler, S. ; Franz, M.

Because most software attacks rely on predictable behavior on the target platform, mass distribution of identical software facilitates mass exploitation. Countermeasures include moving-target defenses in general and biologically inspired artificial software diversity in particular. Although the concept of software diversity has interested researchers for more than 20 years, technical obstacles prevented its widespread adoption until now. Massive-scale software diversity has become practical due to the Internet (enabling distribution of individualized software) and cloud computing (enabling the computational power to perform diversification). In this article, the authors take stock of the current state of software diversity research. The potential showstopper issues are mostly solved; the authors describe the remaining issues and point to a realistic adoption path.

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Security & Privacy, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )