Unbelievable! – Windows 8 Boot Security Cracked already before released (Bootkit malware)
Windows 8 Boot Security Cracked
By Antone Gonsalves, CRN
An Austrian security analyst has built the first known bootkit that bypasses Windows 8’s defenses against installing malware while the operating system is booting.
Peter Kleissner, an independent programmer and recognized …
( HATE TO BE I TOLD YOU SO BUT THE BLUECOLLARPC.US PREDICTED THIS THAT WINDOWS 8 BOOT UP SECURITY FEATURE WILL BE CRACKED AS FAST AS IT HITS THE STREETS….. LOOKS LIKE WE WERE A LITTLE OFF – IT HAS BEEN CRACKED EVEN BEFORE IT HIT THE STREETS ! ! ! …..LOL )
We can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime in mid-late 2012, however, it’s too early to predict the Windows 8 release date, since it is still under development. Nevertheless, the only question that haunts each and every one of us – Will Windows 8 win the battle against Apple which it had lost several years back? SOURCE http://www.thetechlabs.com/tech-news/windows-8-features/
A kernel-mode rootkit variant called a bootkit is used predominantly to attack full disk encryption systems, for example as in the “Evil Maid Attack”, in which a bootkit replaces the legitimate boot loader with one controlled by an attacker; typically the malware loader persists through the transition to protected mode when the kernel has loaded. For example, the “Stoned Bootkit” subverts the system by using a compromised boot loader to intercept encryption keys and passwords. More recently, the Alureon rootkit has successfully subverted the requirement for 64-bit kernel-mode driver signing in Windows 7 by modifying the master boot record.
The only known defenses against bootkit attacks are the prevention of unauthorized physical access to the system—a problem for portable computers—or the use of a Trusted Platform Module configured to protect the boot path.
HISTORY TO DATE…..
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Microsoft, Red Hat Spar Over Secure Boot-loading Tech
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Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot
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Linux Foundation: Secure Boot Need Not Be a Problem
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