Raytheon BBN Technologies and GrammaTech are partnered to work on a $4.8 million contract award for DARPA’s Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET) program.
VET is aimed at stopping “malicious code and hidden ‘backdoor’ access in commodity IT devices,” Raytheon said in a news release. Raytheon BBN Technologies will develop techniques to enable analysts to prioritize which elements of software and firmware need to examined first for viruses. GrammaTech will develop the actual tools to analyze software and firmware for vulnerabilities.
“Our scientists are developing new technology that aims to advance the state-of-the-art for analyzing machine code,” said GrammaTech CEO Tim Teitelbaum. “We are leveraging these advances to create a tool that could confirm the absence of broad classes of vulnerabilities.”