Kernel and application integrity assurance: Ensuring freedom from rootkits and malware in a computer system

Lifu Wang, Partha Dasgupta

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7 Scopus citations

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and ApplicationsWorkshops/Symposia, AINAW'07
Pages583-589
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 18 2007
Event21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and ApplicationsWorkshops/Symposia, AINAW'07 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: May 21 2007May 23 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops/Symposia, AINAW'07
Volume2

Other

Other21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and ApplicationsWorkshops/Symposia, AINAW'07
CountryCanada
CityNiagara Falls, ON
Period5/21/075/23/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Mathematics(all)

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    Wang, L., & Dasgupta, P. (2007). Kernel and application integrity assurance: Ensuring freedom from rootkits and malware in a computer system. In Proceedings - 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and ApplicationsWorkshops/Symposia, AINAW'07 (pp. 583-589). [4221120] (Proceedings - 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops/Symposia, AINAW'07; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1109/AINAW.2007.217