Feeds

Intel readies rootkit- rooting hardware

System protection chips due 2008-09

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Intel has begun developing rootkit-detection technology with a view to preventing malicious code from modifying the host system's memory.

According to an IT Observer report, the system will monitor the OS and other software that could be covertly modified by a rootkit to hide its presence and any security holes it has created. The monitor is implemented in hardware and checks for unnecessary changes made to memory containing system and application code.

Non-running rootkit code will continue to be the responsibility of anti-virus software, Intel said, with the hardware system present to prevent the activated code from damaging the host.

According to the report, Intel's researchers hope to implement the technology in commercially available silicon in the 2008-2009 timeframe. By then Intel should have shipped its 'LaGrande' security system, which is geared to encrypting information held in keyboard and graphics buffers, and to isolating blocks of memory to prevent processes snooping on each other.

As it stands, LaGrande is about protected data and code from outside threats - it's less able to deal with malicious code operating from within the sealed environment. It may be able to tell the user his or her system has been compromised, but not necessarily prevent the attack in the first place.

This is where the new technology, which will presumably be part of LaGrande 2, comes in.

"We need to connect the computers directly to the data, so the human beings don't have to be the I/O channel, and elevate the role of the human being to a more supervisory role," said Intel's director of research, David Tennenhouse.

LaGrande uses a Trusted Platform Modile (TPM) chip connected to the chipset. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.