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Rootkit Removal Tools




Rootkit Removal Tools
Rootkit Removal Tools



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IN FOCUS: Rootkit Removal Tools

NEWS AND FEATURES
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=== IN FOCUS: Rootkit Removal Tools ============================   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Rootkits are a growing problem, and as you might expect, the list of 
tools that can help you prevent rootkit infiltration is also growing. 
The list of standalone tools that can help with rootkit detection and 
removal is also expanding. This week, I give you a list of the 
standalone detection and removal tools that I know about. 

The alphabetical list below can be a resource to help you add some 
useful tools to your security toolkit. As with antivirus and 
antispyware tools, using multiple rootkit detection and removal tools 
is a good idea because not every tool can detect and remove every 
rootkit. 

Of the tools listed, I've used RootkitRevealer, F-Secure BlackLight, 
Sophos Anti-Rootkit, and IceSword, all of which are from entities that 
I'm familiar with and trust to some extent or other. 

A few of the tools on the list (GMER, DarkSpy, and Rootkit Unhooker) 
look interesting, but I have no idea who the authors are, nor do their 
Web sites offer much information to lend insight. So although I 
included them in the list, definitely use your own discretion.

There are undoubtedly other related tools available that I'm not aware 
of; if you know of one, please send me an email with details. If you've 
tried one of the tools below, let me know about your experiences with 
it.

BitDefender RootkitUncover beta, from SoftWin
   This tool is currently available as a free beta and looks promising, 
particularly because it's from SoftWin, makers of BitDefender. 
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DarkSpy, from DarkSpy Security Group
   This tool is from a group of Chinese security researchers that I'm 
unfamiliar with. The download page for the tool says, "Use at your own 
risk," and you'd be wise to take that advice; however, it might give 
you a little comfort to know that this tool was recently mentioned in 
the SANS Internet Storm Center's Handler's Diary. Click the second URL 
under the Helios entry below to link to that mention. 
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F-Secure BlackLight
   This is a standalone "trialware" tool, meaning that it periodically 
expires after a certain date--currently October 1. It's also a standard 
component of F-Secure's Internet Security 2006 package.
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GMER, from an unknown independent Polish developer
   Although no information is readily available about who developed 
this tool, its Web site has several screenshots and some movies (in 
.wmv and .avi format) that show the tool in action. So you can get a 
good idea of what it's like before using it. 
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Helios, from MIEL e-Security
   This is a new tool, currently in "alpha" development, that looks 
promising. For some good insight into Helios, go to the second URL 
below to read the SANS Handler's Diary entry for July 26, in which you 
can also see some screen shots of the tool in action. 
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IceSword, by Xfocus Team
   IceSword has proven useful to many security administrators. Xfocus 
is a group of Chinese security researchers, and while the site is 
written in Chinese, you can use AltaVista's Babel Fish Translation 
engine (at the second URL below) to view it in English. You can also 
use Babel Fish to translate the Chinese documentation. 
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RKDetector, by Miguel Tarasco Acuna
   This toolkit comes in two parts: A file system analyzer and an 
Import Address Table (IAT) analyzer. The file system analyzer scans the 
file system and registry, and the IAT analyzer scans memory space for 
alterations that would allow rootkits to hook into the system. Screen 
shots are available to give you a good idea of what the tool looks 
like. 
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RootKit Hook Analyzer, from Resplendence Software Projects
   Although most rootkit detection tools look at kernel hooks, the file 
system, the registry, user accounts, and so on, this particular tool 
focuses exclusively on kernel hooks. 
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RootkitRevealer, from Sysinternals
   A tool written by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, two very well 
known Windows experts. 
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Rootkit Unhooker, from UG North
   Although I have no idea who UG North is, the tool looks promising. 
It checks for unwanted processes and system hooks and can help 
terminate such processes.
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Sophos Anti-Rootkit
   This standalone tool offers both a GUI and a command line version 
and is similar to the antirootkit technology built into the Sophos 
Anti-Virus for Windows solution.
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System Virginity Verifier, FLISTER, and KLISTER, by Joanna Rutkowska
   These tools specifically look for hidden files and at various system 
components that might be modified by various rootkit techniques. Source 
code is included. Rutkowska is a well-known researcher. 
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UnHackMe, from Greatis Software
   While all the other listed tools are free, this tool is priced 
starting at $19.95 for a single license. You can view screen shots of 
the tool to see what it looks like and download a working demo if 
you're interested. 
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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
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