... and they'll call him "The Str34k"
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider. According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's. This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ... though I suppose it might not be called streaking.
"A collection of functions for power management, known as the Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI), has its own high-level interpreted language that could be used to code a rootkit
and store key attack functions in the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) in flash memory, according
to John Heasman, principal security consultant for UK based Next-Generation Security Software.
The researcher tested basic features, such as elevating privileges and reading physical memory,
using malicious procedures that replaced legitimate functions stored in flash memory.
"Rootkits are becoming more of a threat in general- BIOS is just the next step," Heasman said
during a presentation at the conference. "While this is not a threat now, it is a warning to
people to look out.""
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