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Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Hardware News |

U.S. government proposes to integrate anti-malware in the BIOS

U.S. government proposes to integrate anti-malware in the BIOS

The is becoming an increasingly serious problem, because few of them are able to stay in the / of the motherboard, making them immune even to format / reinstall your computer. A situation in which some Dell servers were affected for some years .

Mebromi Trojans are able to re-flash the BIOS (Basic Input / Output System), adding their own lines of code to infect the computer immediately, as this code is executed at the beginning of the boot sequence, immediately infecting files hard disk.

This type of malware that attacks at BIOS is bad news for businesses and consumers, on the possible harmful effects of this code as DoS attacks, or theft of sensitive information, a situation that could even be a large scale (whole networks) .

In this situation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Dapartment of Commerce, proposes some guidelines for BIOS to prevent unauthorized modifications through mechanisms authenticated BIOS update, protection firmware integrity, and measures to avoid jumping these protections.

It is argued that these measures are integrated into motherboards targeting all segments: server, business, and consumer.

Link: Government Proposes Guidelines For Better BIOS Malware Defense (Tom’s IT Pro)

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