Rootkits DOA In 64-bit Software, Says Microsoft

Microsoft's move to 64-bit operating systems for its servers should put a stop to rootkits, at least the current crop like the one that's plagued buyers of some Sony music CDs, company executives claim.

In a question and answer Tuesday at the Microsoft IT Forum now underway in Barcelona, Spain, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows server group, said that the company's 64-bit software addresses the security problem brought on by cloaking software.

"We put something called patch guard into the kernel in 64 bit so that it is not actually possible to install a patch in a running kernel, which is possible in 32 bit if you have administrative privilege," said Muglia. Security Pipeline | Rootkits DOA In 64-bit Software, Says Microsoft

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