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Type of Publication: Article in Collected Edition

HAFIX: Hardware-Assisted Flow Integrity Extension - Best Paper

Author(s):
Arias, Orlando; Davi, Lucas; Hanreich, Matthias; Jin, Yier; Koeberl, Patrick; Paul, Debayan; Sadeghi, Ahmad-Reza; Sullivan, Dean
Title of Anthology:
Proc. of 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC)
Publication Date:
2015
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
doi:10.1145/2744769.2744847
Link to complete version:
https://dl.acm.org/authorize?N28650
Citation:
LABEL-FOR-eidrisexport

Abstract

Code-reuse attacks like return-oriented programming (ROP) pose a severe threat to modern software on diverse processor architectures. Designing practical and secure defenses against code-reuse attacks is highly challenging and currently subject to intense research. However, no secure and practical system-level solutions exist so far, since a large number of proposed defenses have been successfully bypassed. To tackle this attack, we present HAFIX (Hardware-Assisted Flow Integrity eXtension), a defense against code-reuse attacks exploiting backward edges (returns). HAFIX provides fine-grained and practical protection, and serves as an enabling technology for future control-flow integrity instantiations. This paper presents the implementation and evaluation of HAFIX for the Intel Siskiyou Peak and SPARC embedded system architectures, and demonstrates its security and efficiency in code-reuse protection while incurring only 2% performance overhead.