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Rootkit Hack Warning March 18, 2009

Posted by Mitchell in Science & Technology.
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Apparently there’s a very major security flaw in Intel’s CPUs and this vulnerablility to it is going to be published soon.  According to the people pushing this out into the public Intel has known about this problem since at least 2005 and haven’t done anything (or at least not enough) about it.  Go read that article – very scary stuff!

On another matter that I haven’t seen much outside of the computer security sphere is the Conficker/Downadup worm.  This is another nasty piece of work that the last time I checked had infected 10 million plus computers around the world since last October.  One of the things it does is block malware programs from getting updates to be able to remove it.  Another thing is that it’s spread with USB thumb drives.  I’m pretty sure my laptop got zapped with this one.  Right now it’s just spreading itself around but I saw a report that the security experts think it (or at least one version of it) is going to phone home to get new instructions to “do something” on April 1st this year.  What, exactly, that is nobody except the people who created this thing knows.  Could be very bad from all accounts though.

Happy computing!

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1. Steamboat McGoo - March 19, 2009

Enas – is there any way at all to assure oneself that ones PC is not infected with a rootkit – or infected with anything else, for that matter?

I run Norton 360 and keep it updated (heh – try to stop it from updating! Ya can’t – not for long.)

2. EnasYorl - March 19, 2009

According to that article – no. Not for rootkits that exploit that vulnerability anyway. They operate at a level below the OS so there’s no way for any software to detect it. It mentions that you have to dissasemble the firmware to detect it, so I guess that means if you pull the chip out you can plug it into something that could do something about it.

As for Norton 360 – I had that on my laptop and it got infected with stuff anyway. Don’t know what to tell you McGoo!

3. cbullitt - March 23, 2009

My pre-intel eMac is still humming along. WIth the shit I do, a pc would have been fried years ago. Nice site Enas.

4. EnasYorl - March 23, 2009

Hey thanks for dropping by!


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