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Jan 31 2008   3:07PM GMT

Overheard: Security hide and seek — this rootkit modifies the master boot record (MBR)

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

bag.gif Master boot record rootkits are able to subvert the Windows kernel before it loads, which gives it a distinct advantage over rootkits that load while Windows is running. It gives it a great stealth mechanism that allows it to persist even after removal. Because the rootkit lurks deep within the hard drive, well below the operating system, most antivirus programs don’t detect the malware.

Matthew Richard, as quoted in Excuse me sir: there’s a rootkit in your master boot record

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