A common structure in malware, and also in many legitimate software is to recognize what is the underlying operating system (OS). Depending on the version of it, the virus may want to take different route to execute its activities. This functionality can be reused across different programs and is therefore useful to create and optimize. In this post, we design a function to detect the version of the Windows OS on which the program is currently running.
A press release from BAE Systems announced the installation of the Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG) on twelve nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy, effectively ending the conversion of the seven Trafalgar-class submarines, four Vanguard-class submarines and one Swiftsure class. The new command system is based on COTS hardware and software products. It […]
Since this is a slow news day, and I have an essay to handout tonight, I’ll just related one of my experiment I started yesterday. As I have more time, I will push further into the system. While waiting for a friend, I decided to stop by the library to pass time. As I was […]
Two days ago, the Inquirer post an article on a new law passed in the Chinese city of Nanchang, in the Jiangxi province, to replace pirated copies of Windows in Internet cafes by legitimate software. The alternative proposed to the cafes is the Red Flag Linux distribution, which prompted fears of snooping by U.S Radio […]
Many reports on the last few days mention a new worm growing on the back of the Windows’ MS08-067 vulnerability. The worm named Downadup, also being dubbed Conficker.A by Microsoft, as now spread to alarming levels: “We think 500,000 is a ball park figure” said Ivan Macalintal, a senior research engineer with Trend Micro Inc. […]
Update: The new Estonian company that hosted the command & control server, Starline Web Services, was shut down. The domain name chase continues! The Srizbi botnet is back online after being shut down by the closure of the criminal hosting company McColo Corp two weeks ago. Srizbi’s command and controls servers, now moved to an […]
The Integrity Operating System, an OS with the highest security rating from the National Security Agency (NSA) and used by the military, will now be sold to the private sector by Integrity Global Security, a subsidiary of Green Hills Software. The commercial operating system will be based on the Integrity 178-B OS, which was used […]