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Embedded Honeypotting


Language-based software cyber deception leverages the science of compiler and programming language theory to equip software products with deceptive capabilities that misdirect and disinform attackers. A flagship example of software cyber deception is embedded honeypots, which arm live, commodity server software with deceptive attack-response and disinformation capabilities. This chapter presents a language-based approach to embedded honeypot design and implementation. Implications related to software architecture, compiler design, program analysis, and programming language semantics are discussed.


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  • Legitimate User
  • Attack Session
  • Threat Intelligence

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This research was supported in part by AFOSR award FA9550-14-1-0173, NSF awards #1054629 and #1027520, ONR award N00014-14-1-0030, and NSA award H98230-15-1-0271. Any opinions, recommendations, or conclusions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of the AFOSR, NSF, ONR, or NSA.

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Araujo, F., Hamlen, K.W. (2016). Embedded Honeypotting. In: Jajodia, S., Subrahmanian, V., Swarup, V., Wang, C. (eds) Cyber Deception. Springer, Cham.

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