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Windows 7: Here's a scarey thought.

06 Jul 2009   #1
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Here's a scarey thought. -Nothing to FEAR!

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Windows 7, despite all the sophistication and rich services that millions are wondering about already, has that old bone of contention that Microsoft, surprisingly never took care of. When after a sluggish Windows Vista, we thought that Windows 7 may be the saviour, it can come as an anticlimax for Microsoft fanboys that Windows 7 was hacked from the boot process with only a 3 KB file by two researchers. If you are surprised, perplexed, out of your mind and ridiculing the whole truth, here is the catch, according to them...
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"There's no fix for this. It cannot be fixed. It's a design problem"
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full article: Windows 7 Hacked in Seconds with a 3KB File

this is a bit dated (April 24th, 2009). i found it, while routing through wallpapers on google.

discuss?



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06 Jul 2009   #2
LFB

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)
 
 

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If you are wondering what this software can do, here are two cents for you.

1. the software allows an attacker to increase their user privileges to system level, the highest possible level.
2. You can delete and modify a user's password from his account and give it to someone else and subsequently play with his personal settings.

This is how secure Windows 7 is. Good luck.
this is really bad news...
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06 Jul 2009   #3
Pr0v1d3r

Windows 7 7264 x86
 
 

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While VBootkit 2.0 shows how an attacker can take control of a Windows 7 computer, it's not necessarily a serious threat. For the attack to work, an attacker must have physical access to the victim's computer. The attack can not be done remotely.
Nothing to worry about.
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06 Jul 2009   #4
VeeEss

 
 

I'm not worried and here's why:
Based on their claims, the supposed vulnerability would clearly be a rootkit attack on the MBR. Since it is supposedly not modifying any existing files (hence rootkit) it must be loaded by the operating system itself. The OS could then be modified to include exclusions preventing said attack. Thus not a design problem, and certainly fixable. Microsoft would surely have gotten wind of this by recent builds and included such a set of exclusions by now.
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06 Jul 2009   #5
LFB

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)
 
 

but.. is this possible to come integrated with the ISO file?
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06 Jul 2009   #6
VeeEss

 
 

A fixed version of 7?
Yes, if it is a real threat and MS fixed it.

A VBootkit loaded 7?
Not if you get an ISO with a correct hash
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06 Jul 2009   #7
DJG

 

You'd think if it was that basic somebody would've come up with more examples & cases, maybe hired by the Apple & Linux camps .
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06 Jul 2009   #8
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

They aren't on about an ISO though, the artical is on about Virtual Machines.
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06 Jul 2009   #9
VeeEss

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJG View Post
You'd think if it was that basic somebody would've come up with more examples & cases, maybe hired by the Apple & Linux camps .
Absolutely - there is no credibility to that article, it's inducing trust by invoking fear. Additionally, they are making contradicting claims.

Guess what people, I hacked Windows 7 with a 2 kb file! And I did it remotely! I didn't even need the IP Address!
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06 Jul 2009   #10
holo88

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pr0v1d3r View Post
Nothing to worry about.
unless you work in an office building, with a disgruntled janitor, who happens to be tech-savy.

<-- ex-disgruntled janitor, with such talent
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