Linked by Alcibiades on Wed 4th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Windows Like a lot of people who have worked in the business, I find myself in conversations about computer security with people who are having problems or know people who have problems. I wrote this to save me from explaining the same thing over and over again to different people, and to save them the trouble of having to make notes as we talked. It was meant to be something you could give to a 'naive user' and have them be able to read and follow it more or less unaided, and while not being a complete guide, at least be something that made them more secure than before they got it.
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RE[4]: Zonealarm
by yawntoo on Thu 5th Jan 2006 19:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Zonealarm"
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Windows 9x IIRC had 2Gig of memory space for each user process, and a shared 2Gig space for the system. This is all you would need.

3.x was even weaker.

Protected memory on windows became possible with the i386. This is because the processor had built in components to tie to a VMM.

With Unix, I wouldn't worry about forcing another process to load a shared library. That is just a means to an end. The real goal is to get another process to execute your code. As I said, I haven't really looked into this, but I suspect that one could use the proc filesystem to adjust the memory contents of another process owned by the same user. That could get your executable code into the other process... The trick then is to convice that process to execute it. I'm not sure if there is a way to create a thread in another process on Unix (the way you can on Windows).

If I were to attack a Unix like OS, or Mac OS, I would start by looking for exploits that allow me an elevation in privilage. From there I could load a kernel module and be able to do what ever I want.

The short story here is that _every_ OS is vulnerable to exploits of some sort. CERT has many for MacOS as well as Linux. The trick is to be consious of the risks and to act in a manner that protects you from harm. I would be concened if I had a Mac or Linux user on my network who felt so secure in thier OS that they started doing risky things (like executing random downloads, visiting questionable sites, etc...). Everyone, regardless of their OS, needs to be wary in thier computing practices.

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