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Start: 2024-04
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BIDS: Binary Identification of Dependencies with Search

Identify known open source elements present in binaries

Embedded device firmware is assembled from many FOSS package dependencies. Knowing which dependencies have been used is essential for security and licence compliance. However this is a complex task for native ELF binaries built from languages such as C/C++ that do not have package managers for metadata and simpler conventions for bytecode like Java or Python. The BIDS (Binary Identification of Dependencies with Search) project will build a tool (in Python) to analyse ELF binaries and find dependencies contained and built in these binaries. The BIDS project will deliver tooling to analyse ELF binaries and extract key features and store these for indexing, tooling to index these binary features in a search engine using inverted indexing, and a query tool and library to process large binaries to query this inverted index. The latter will return results as lists of ranked FOSS packages and files found to be present in the analysed binary. The data and tools will also be packaged to allow for further integration and reuse by other FOSS tools and analysis pipelines.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101092990.