Protecting function pointers in binary

@inproceedings{Zhang2013ProtectingFP,
  title={Protecting function pointers in binary},
  author={Gege Zhang and Tao Wei and Zhaofeng Chen and Lei Duan and Stephen McCamant and Laszlo Szekeres},
  booktitle={AsiaCCS},
  year={2013}
}
Function pointers have recently become an important attack vector for control-flow hijacking attacks. However, no protection mechanisms for function pointers have yet seen wide adoption. Methods proposed in the literature have high overheads, are not compatible with existing development process, or both. In this paper, we investigate several protection methods and propose a new method called FPGate (i.e., Function Pointer Gate). FPGate rewrites x86 binary executables and implements a novel… CONTINUE READING

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