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New Attack Sneaks Rootkits Into Linux Kernel

Apr 15, 2009, 17:02 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly Jackson Higgins)

"The attack attack exploits an oft-forgotten function in Linux versions 2.4 and above in order to quietly insert a rootkit into the operating system kernel as a way to hide malware processes, hijack system calls, and open remote backdoors into the machine, for instance. At Black Hat Europe this week in Amsterdam, Anthony Lineberry, senior software engineer for Flexilis, will demonstrate how to hack the Linux kernel by exploiting the driver interface to physically addressable memory in Linux, called /dev/mem."

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