VirusTotal can now also check firmware images for malware

Jan

29

2016

Google’s online virus scanner VirusTotal can now also check firmware images for malware. Plays the company on the fact that more and more firmware infections occur, which are difficult to detect and remove.

The service can perform a number of functions, including reading and checking certificates of firmware images and executable files. It is also possible to analyze the individual UEFI executable files from the submitted images, which is to determine whether an infection is present. VirusTotal lets users see further tabs of file data and additional information.

According to the company, the new required function as firmware malware not only could be used by the NSA. It refers to the BIOS rootkit, which in some Lenovo laptop models inbouwde and UEFI rootkit of Hacking Team. The message of VirusTotal also offers users some tips for dumping the bios to a file that can be uploaded to the service.

Malware which nestles in the firmware of devices, it is difficult to detect and remove. For example, the BIOS loads, for example for starting the operating system in the memory and it remains intact even when a system is reinstalled. Also scan Most antimalware products according to VirusTotal not on bios level, making detection difficult. VirusTotal was in 2012 Google bought it and makes scanning using 55 and 61 antivirus scanning engines.

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