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  • ‘Freezing’ software could kill malware by starvation

    Yahoo! - 07/20/2015

    Future defenses against Windows malware may include changing the code of legitimate applications as they run, a security researcher explained at the Summercon 2015 hacker conference today (July 17). Collin Mulliner, a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University, said that he and a fellow researcher, Matthias Neugschwandtner of the Vienna University of Technology, devised a way to strip away unused code from the memory allocation of a running Windows program.

    Getting rid of unused code thus “starves” potential malware by denying it the system resources it needs to operate, and also reduces the application’s overall attack surface. The application being attacked gets only the code it needs to run, and nothing more.

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