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21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (AINAW'07)
Kernel and Application Integrity Assurance: Ensuring Freedom from Rootkits and Malware in a Computer System
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
May 21-May 23
ISBN: 0-7695-2847-3
Lifu Wang, Arizona State University, USA
Partha Dasgupta, Arizona State University, USA
Malware and rootkits are serious security vulnerabilities, and they can be designed to be resistant to anti-viral software, or even totally undetectable. This paper described a hierarchical trust management scheme, where the root of trust is in a non-tamperable hardware co-processor on a PCI bus. The hardware checks a part of the OS kernel for integrity which in turn checks other parts till we ensure the entire system is free of rootkits and viruses. Our system can detect illegal modifications to kernel, loadable kernel modules and user applications. It also provides a secure communication line for user interaction to enable legal software updates.
Citation:
Lifu Wang, Partha Dasgupta, "Kernel and Application Integrity Assurance: Ensuring Freedom from Rootkits and Malware in a Computer System," ainaw, vol. 1, pp.583-589, 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops (AINAW'07), 2007
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