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Windows 7: New proof-of-concept tool detects stealthy malware hiding in graphics


04 Oct 2013   #1

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New proof-of-concept tool detects stealthy malware hiding in graphics

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Which is scarier: The fact that malware can get cozy in your hardware, or the fact that it was completely undetectable until now?

As anti-virus solutions become more robust and Microsoft becomes better at plugging Windows vulnerabilities, malware designers have to get more creative about attacking PCs and servers. One wide-open avenue of attack: hardware components like graphics and network cards. Yes, you read that right.

Security software isnít necessarily looking for malware lurking within peripherals, opening the door for Bad Guys to stash nasty code in your killer, pixel-pumping Radeon or GeForce graphics card. But fear not! Berlin-based researcher Patrick Stewin says he has figured out a way to detect this tricky malware without taxing the CPU, according to SC Magazine Australia.
New proof-of-concept tool detects stealthy malware hiding in graphics cards | PCWorld

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04 Oct 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Interesting that the baddies would attack us via our GPU's. Man is nothing sacred when it comes to computing? What's next ram attacks, ssd attacks?
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04 Oct 2013   #3
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Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

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By analyzing what the computer should be doing based on what the user was asking of it, then comparing that activity to the data that was actually running through the PC’s memory, Stewin could scan for anomalies that could be malware.
Pretty scary hackers practices!
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07 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
... What's next ram attacks, ssd attacks?
Not sure what you mean by that, but as far as I know, that has been the normal practice, as that is where most software programs and data are stored (drives and system memory).
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