Is BIOS The Next Target of Rootkits?

Researchers at BlackHat are arguing that we're not far from seeing malware attacking the BIOS. Of course, they say it's about rootkits because that's the hot, scary term right now. The basic idea of putting malware into the BIOS, which means storing part of it in the non-volatile RAM, would be to make it survive even a complete reimaging of the system. I assume that's the idea because in order to write to the NVRAM the system would have to be utterly compromised already. Is BIOS The Next Target of Rootkits?

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 28th January 2006 7:24AM