Anti-rootkit safeguards and methods of their bypassing

Aleksander Czarnowski AVET

With the XP and 2003 lines of the Windows operating system Microsoft introduced several safeguards aiming at protecting the system form malware including rootkits. This paper will look into the technical aspects of those safeguards, analyse their efficiency and weaknesses. In addition, the impact of the introduction of these safeguards on rootkit technology will be analysed. Secondly, further safeguards proposed and included in the x64 platform and Vista operating system will be inspected.

All of this is done to try to answer the simple question: is the era of kernel rootkits coming to an end on Windows platforms?


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