IARPA posts malicious binaries RFI
On September 23, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Annotated Malicious Binaries and Surrogate Source Code for Authorship Exploration (IARPA-RFI-22-08). Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 10.
IARPA is seeking information about annotated binary and source code datasets to explore authorship (for benign tools, malicious tools, or penetration testing tools) that have been annotated with relevant information that could be obtained and made available to research partners in potential future programs. This RFI is issued for planning purposes only and does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or suggest the procurement of any material, data sets, etc., and it is intended to serve as due diligence to assist in identifying potential datasets which may not be as easily identified through a scientific literature review.
We are aware that a focus of malicious software means that data may not exist – especially for source code. Surrogate datasets that can be used to explore authorship features of source code and/or binaries are an acceptable response to this RFI. The below questions will help IARPA evaluate any datasets that would be sufficient for exploring authorship features in these domains.
- What commercial or academic datasets exist that contain authorship annotations of malicious binary executables?
- What commercial or academic datasets exist that contain authorship annotations of Source Code?
- What commercial or academic datasets exist that contain source code tied to specific binaries with authorship annotations?
- Are there any ongoing efforts to build datasets that are reflected in questions 1-3?
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