The Coming Era of AlphaHacking?

Research paper by Tiantian Ji, Yue Wu, Chang Wang, Xi Zhang, Zhongru Wang

Indexed on: 28 May '18Published on: 28 May '18Published in: arXiv - Computer Science - Cryptography and Security


With the success of the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) sponsored by DARPA, the topic of Autonomous Cyber Reasoning System (CRS) has recently attracted extensive attention from both industry and academia. Utilizing automated system to detect, exploit and patch software vulnerabilities seems so attractive because of its scalability and cost-efficiency compared with the human expert based solution. In this paper, we give an extensive survey of former representative works related to the underlying technologies of a CRS, including vulnerability detection, exploitation and patching. As an important supplement, we then review several pioneer studies that explore the potential of machine learning technologies in this field, and point out that the future development of Autonomous CRS is inseparable from machine learning.