Debunking Blue Pill Security threat myth


Since months the security and virtualization industry are discussing about a new security threat: the Blue Pill.

Blue Pill is the prototype resulting from a security study made by Joanna Rutkowska, which took advantage of new virtualization capabilities of AMD processors (known as SVM and previously as Pacifica) to inject a rootkit in a running Vista operating system.

The world press given this work much attention, often reporting misleading informations, because the scenario involved the upcoming Microsoft operating system, and because Ms. Rutkowska claimed a malware using this method is undetectable.

Assuming every reader out there already discovered, by reading follow-up to original post or other security professional analysis, that this method is not exploiting any flaw in the operating system, claim of undetectability stands still.

virtualization.info met Anthony Liguori, Software Engineer at IBM Linux Technology Center and, most of all, one of the men behind the Xen hypervisor, to finally debunk the Blue Pill myth. virtualization.info: Debunking Blue Pill myth

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 12th August 2006 11:33PM