Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 21:24 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Lab rats at Microsoft Research and the University of Michigan have teamed up to create prototypes for virtual machine-based rootkits that significantly push the envelope for hiding malware and that can maintain control of a target operating system. The proof-of-concept rootkit, called SubVirt, exploits known security flaws and drops a VMM (virtual machine monitor) underneath a Windows or Linux installation. Once the target operating system is hoisted into a virtual machine, the rootkit becomes impossible to detect because its state cannot be accessed by security software running in the target system.
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Bah
by lanjoe9 on Tue 14th Mar 2006 04:58 UTC
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2005-10-08

Ok, suppose there IS a way to get out of the VM.
Next you've got the operating system's security. A well designed OS should not let you mess with the booting process just like so.. or at least, that's what I think...

Linux/GNU and BSD definitely don't let you mess with stuff...

And the vm would slow things down, so some people I think would notice..

Now let's talk about something more interesting, the ultimate r00tkit... someone comes into your house and plugs your monitor into a malware-infested cpu of theirs... the average user shouldn't be able to tell the difference, right?

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