GrammaTech’s team TECHx places second in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge

GrammaTech and its partner the University of Virginia took second place in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge finale, showcasing next-generation technologies for software vulnerability discovery and application hardening.

GrammaTech’s team competed with Xandra – its high-performance, scalable system that harnessed 2400 cores to power 210 high-performance fuzzing pods capable of 1.8M fuzzing ops per second and feeding a dedicated bank of binary analyzers, patch generators, and binary rewriters to repair and protect binaries. Xandra performed steadily throughout the event, staying consistently in the top of the leaderboard as the 96 rounds of competition went on. Among other triumphs, it exposed a bug that was unknown to DARPA itself, who created each round of competition.

The collaboration with the University of Virginia stems from ongoing research led by GrammaTech that aims to advance cyber-security technology through advanced software hardening and autonomic computing techniques, critically needed in the daunting age of the Internet of Things. Such research at GrammaTech includes numerous other ongoing projects with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an organization acutely aware of the dangers of cyber attacks, as well as other work with the Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and Department of Homeland Security. Although the Cyber Grand Challenge is over and Xandra performed successfully, GrammaTech’s research in these technologies is far from coming to a close.

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