Scientists develop tool for improving app security

By | July 26, 2012

Source: Help Net Security

In this article “A team led by Harvard computer scientists, including two undergraduate students, has developed a new tool that could lead to increased security and enhanced performance for commonly used web and mobile applications.

Called RockSalt, the clever bit of code can verify that native computer programming languages comply with a particular security policy.

“When a user opens an external application, such as Gmail or Angry Birds, web browsers such as Google Chrome typically run the program’s code in an intermediate and safer language such as JavaScript,” says Greg Morrisett, computer science professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “In many cases it would be preferable to run native machine code directly.”

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