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New SMM Rootkit More Treacherous Than The Usual

Security researchers at Clear Hat Consulting, a security solution providing company, have created a new kind of rootkit program that places itself in an obscure region of a system's microprocessor, and comfortably escapes detection by the anti-virus products, as reported by InfoWorld on May 9, 2008.

Researchers, Sherri Sparks and Shawn Embleton, Clear Hat Consulting, named the rootkit as the System Management Mode (SMM) rootkit. The malicious software runs in the computer's memory, a protected part of the system, and remains locked and invisible to the system's operating program, but communicates to the attacker everything that happens in the memory component. The SMM rootkit is packed with a keylogging software that steals th...

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