Computer Language Choices in Arms Control and Nonproliferation Regimes

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The U.S. and Russian Federation continue to make substantive progress in the arms control and nonproliferation transparency regimes. We are moving toward an implementation choice for creating radiation measurement systems that are transparent in both their design and in their implementation. In particular, the choice of a programming language to write software for such regimes can decrease or significantly increase the costs of authentication. In this paper, we compare procedural languages with object-oriented languages. In particular, we examine the C and C++ languages; we compare language features, code generation, implementation details, and executable size and demonstrate how these attributes aid ... continued below

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White, G K June 10, 2005.

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The U.S. and Russian Federation continue to make substantive progress in the arms control and nonproliferation transparency regimes. We are moving toward an implementation choice for creating radiation measurement systems that are transparent in both their design and in their implementation. In particular, the choice of a programming language to write software for such regimes can decrease or significantly increase the costs of authentication. In this paper, we compare procedural languages with object-oriented languages. In particular, we examine the C and C++ languages; we compare language features, code generation, implementation details, and executable size and demonstrate how these attributes aid or hinder authentication and backdoor threats. We show that programs in lower level, procedural languages are more easily authenticated than are object-oriented ones. Potential tools and methods for authentication are covered. Possible mitigations are suggested for using object-oriented programming languages.

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  • Presented at: 46th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Phoenix, AZ, United States, Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2005

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  • Report No.: UCRL-CONF-212857
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
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White, G K. Computer Language Choices in Arms Control and Nonproliferation Regimes, article, June 10, 2005; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc886027/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.