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Vista a safer neighborhood? Just look out your Windows!!
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 10:20
Hacking the Vista Kernel

JULY 25, 2006 | If you're counting on Microsoft's Vista to be more airtight than its Windows, don't get your hopes up just yet. A researcher has already found a way to hack it by inserting code into the latest beta version of Vista Beta 2 kernel (x64 edition).

Joanna Rutkowska, senior security researcher for COSEINC, a Singapore-based IT security company, will demonstrate at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week her research proving malware could be slipped into the Vista kernel undetected. It's a proof-of-concept that basically bypasses Vista's security policy of allowing only digitally signed code to be loaded into the kernel, not malware.

Rutkowska's findings were part of overall research on malware vulnerabilities in Microsoft's long-anticipated OS by the COSEINC Advanced Malware Labs. She'll use proof-of-concept code that disables the signature-check mechanism.

That then leaves Vista vulnerable to malware that gets executed in kernel mode, says Rutkowska, such as password sniffers, keyloggers, or even advanced network backdoors that let the attacker gain control of the machine remotely.

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