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DARPA Pursues Effort to Better Patch Legacy Software

Jeff Brody

The Defense Advanced Projects Agency has launched an effort to address issues in patching legacy software for mission-critical systems.

DARPA said Monday its new Assured Micropatching program seeks to develop technologies that accelerate and aid in the analysis, modification and correction of legacy software binaries.

The AMP effort will leverage micropatches that augment binaries in small scales to maintain precision and reduce the possibilty of side effects.

"Assured Micropatching aims to create and apply fixes in an automated and assured way, giving us a means to expedite the time to test and deploy the patched system from months and years to just days,” said Bratus, said Sergey Bratus, a program manager at DARPA’s Information Innovation Office.

DARPA will host a series of challenges across the AMP program to examine the effectiveness of micropatching technology across legacy systems and various mission applications.

The agency also posted a FedBizOpps notice to solicit for proposals under AMP. Interested parties may submit responses through Nov. 20.

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