Control Flow Protection Against Return Oriented Attacks

  • Álvaro Rincón UFRJ / Inmetro
  • Davidson Boccardo Inmetro
  • Luci Pirmez UFRJ
  • Luiz Fernando Rust UFRJ / Inmetro


Recent ROP (Return Oriented Programming) attacks are characterized by evading traditional protection methods, encouraging the scientific community to seek for a reliable and practical security solution. This work presents a novel technique based on control flow protection, and with a low overhead, making it suitable for constrained architectures in terms of processing, storage and energy. A prototype of the protection technique was developed and tested for ARM-Linux environment. The results show that our solution is effective and capable of preventing such ROP attacks with negligible overhead.


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RINCÓN, Álvaro; BOCCARDO, Davidson; PIRMEZ, Luci; RUST, Luiz Fernando. Control Flow Protection Against Return Oriented Attacks. In: SIMPÓSIO BRASILEIRO DE SEGURANÇA DA INFORMAÇÃO E DE SISTEMAS COMPUTACIONAIS (SBSEG), 15. , 2015, Florianópolis. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2015 . p. 346-349. DOI:

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