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Web sites that accept and display content such as wiki articles or comments typically filter the content to prevent injected script code from running in browsers that view the site. The diversity of browser rendering algorithms and the desire to allow rich content make filtering quite difficult, however, and attacks such as the Samy and Yamanner worms have(More)
Cyclone is a safe dialect of C. It has been designed from the ground up to prevent the buffer overflows, format string attacks, and memory management errors that are common in C programs, while retaining C's syntax and semantics. This paper examines safety violations enabled by C's design, and shows how Cyclone avoids them, without giving up C's hallmark(More)
Software evolves to fix bugs and add features. Stopping and restarting programs to apply changes is inconvenient and often costly. Dynamic software updating (DSU) addresses this problem by updating programs while they execute, but existing DSU systems for managed languages do not support many updates that occur in practice and are inefficient. This paper(More)
Cyclone is a type-safe programming language derived from C. The primary design goal of Cyclone is to let programmers control data representation and memory management without sacrificing type-safety. In this paper, we focus on the region-based memory management of Cyclone and its static typing discipline. The design incorporates several advancements,(More)
PLAN (Packet Language for Active Networks) is a new language for programs that form the packets of a programmable network. These programs replace the packet headers (which can be viewed as very rudimentary programs) used in current networks. As such, PLAN programs are lightweight and of restricted functionality. These limitations are mitigated by allowing(More)
This paper presents a new approach to dynamically monitoring operating system kernel integrity, based on a property called <i>state-based control-flow integrity</i> (SBCFI). Violations of SBCFI signal a persistent, unexpected modification of the kernel's control-flow graph. We performed a thorough analysis of 25 Linux rootkits and found that 24 (96%) employ(More)
Many general-purpose, object-oriented scripting languages are dynamically typed, which provides flexibility but leaves the programmer without the benefits of static typing, including early error detection and the documentation provided by type annotations. This paper describes Diamondback Ruby (DRuby), a tool that blends Ruby's dynamic type system with a(More)
One common technique for preventing data races in multi-threaded programs is to ensure that all accesses to shared locations are consistently protected by a lock. We present a tool called LOCKSMITH for detecting data races in C programs by looking for violations of this pattern. We call the relationship between locks and the locations they protect(More)
PLAN (Programming Language for Active Networks) is a new language for programs that are carried in the packets of a programmable network. PLAN programs replace the packet headers (which can be viewed as`dumb' programs) used in current networks. As a header replacement, PLAN programs must be lightweight and of limited functionality. These limitations are(More)