Chapter 10. Rootkit Detection

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As we have shown throughout this book, rootkits can be difficult to detect, especially when they operate in the kernel. This is because a kernel rootkit can alter functions used by all software, including those needed by security software.

The same powers available to infection-prevention software are also available to a rootkit. Whatever avenues can be blocked to prevent rootkit intrusion can simply be unblocked. A rootkit can prevent detection or prevention software from running or working properly. In the end, it comes down to an arms race between the attacker and the defender, with a large advantage going to whichever one loads into the kernel and executes first.

That is not to say all is lost for the defender, but you should be aware what works today may not detect the rootkit of tomorrow. As rootkit developers learn what detection software is doing, better rootkits will evolve. The reverse is also true: Defenders will constantly update detection software as new rootkit techniques emerge.

In this chapter, we take a look at the two basic approaches to rootkit detection: detecting the rootkit itself, and detecting the behavior of a rootkit. Once you become familiar with these approaches, you will be in a better position to defend yourself.

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    Rootkits(c) Subverting the Windows Kernel
    Rootkits: Subverting the Windows Kernel
    ISBN: 0321294319
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2006
    Pages: 111

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