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GPU-assisted malware

Unread postby Sludge3000 » September 29th, 2010, 3:59 am

Computer scientists have developed proof-of-concept malware that evades traditional security defenses by running on a PC's graphics processor.

The prototype taps a PC's GPU to decrypt, or “unpack,” a malicious payload from a file just prior to being run on a targeted machine. Self-unpacking techniques are a common way to defeat signature-based anti-virus scanning because they allow authors to make small changes to the compression or encryption every day or so without altering the core attack code. Up until now, the unpacking had to be performed by a PC's CPU, which places practical limits on the types of packing that can be used.


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Re: GPU-assisted malware

Unread postby Sludge3000 » September 29th, 2010, 3:59 am

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Re: GPU-assisted malware

Unread postby turtledove » September 29th, 2010, 4:38 am

Thank you :)

Not a nice thought. Especially the password/encryption key cracking ability it can provide. Time for CPU/GPU protecting.
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