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New software makes machines immune to rootkits?

By Justin ยท 4 replies
Nov 11, 2009
  1. One of the most severe threats any modern server faces is total system compromise through infection. This is often accomplished through rootkits, which can result in many infected servers, workstations and desktops that appear to be clean. Rootkits are designed to disguise themselves once they take hold of a system, which often leaves administrators unaware of their presence. A team of software developers and scientists have announced they may have discovered a way to make modern machines virtually immune to rootkits.

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  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Interesting if true. Interesting if not true.

    I think the very clever can always design a way around anti-rootkit software designs... and they will respond to the challenge.

    A 6% slow down can be a lot, because it quickly becomes 12 percent.

    But rootkits are not a big issue except for the careless.
  3. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    totally pointless test.

    If you take one of the best road cars in the world and try to drive it under water, you wil lnot get far.....same thing here.

    If you design and write a root kit you do this for existisn conditions, the same thing applies if you write virus code and such. You test it on an existin enviroment, try if it gets detected with updated antivirus software, and modifiy the code until it can be spead undetected.

    The root kits tested here wil of course be stopped by this technology, be cause the have design it to prevent these specific threats and rootkits.
    The rootkits where created when this prevention technique didnt exist....now it does...time to modifiy the code...thats all.

    if you make the system immune to code and execution of code, you have no use for the system.
    If you allow code to execute on your system....you can get infected..simple as that..and this will always be true.

    ...you might create a closed system that only can execute the code that is already on it....but thhat would be a useless system in todays world,....you need to be able to save files, update for new features and such..and then ...you can get attacked...

    The features the users crave, also makes them open for an attack...
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +800

    The NTFS Alternate Data Streams will still need to be addressed. Until then, Windows/NTFS based systems will be exposed.
  5. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Well, virus scanners had no chance against rootkits, so it was getting to a point where something new needed to be made to get these specifically. Looks like someone got the idea, hope this turns into something successful.
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