Detecting BIOS level malware or "bootkits" is an arduous task using standard tools such as anti-viruses and other IPS/IDS systems especially since they are loaded after the malware on the system. Installation of the bootkit can happen before the OS is installed such as in the supply chain by the manufacturer or by a trojan that has root permissions to flash the BIOS with its own patched version. Targeted attacks on specific hardware systems can be performed using such methods. Most software based solutions to detect this can be easily compromised if the OS is compromised. With Bootjack we present an external hardware based solution that fakes itself as a USB drive to scan the BIOS and the MBR of the hard drives, and perform signature checking and on-the-spot forensic analysis of the BIOS.
Vikas Kumar has been a High Performance Computing and Algorithmic Trading developer specializing in GPU and parallel computing in the financial technology services industry for over 9 years. He has been performing for DARPA's Cyber Fast Track contracts since 2012 for his company Selective Intellect.
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