MINESTRONE is a novel architecture that integrates static analysis, dynamic confinement, and code diversification techniques to enable the identification, mitigation and containment of a large class of software vulnerabilities. Our techniques will protect new software, as well as already deployed (legacy) software by transparently inserting extensive security instrumentation. They will also leverage concurrent program analysis (potentially aided by runtime data gleaned from profiling software) to gradually reduce the performance cost of the instrumentation by allowing selective removal or refinement.

MINESTRONE will also use diversification techniques for confinement and fault-tolerance purposes. To minimize performance impact, our project will also leverage multi-core hardware or (when unavailable) remote servers to enable the quick identification of potential compromises.

The developed techniques will require no specific hardware or operating system features, although they will take advantage of such features where available, to improve both runtime performance and vulnerability coverage.