Windows 8 bootkit demo

Summary:Windows 8 PWNED!

Austrian security researcher Peter Kleissner has posted a video showing the Stoned Lite bootkit successfully defeating Windows 8. Here's the video:

Windows 8 Bootkit Demo from Peter Kleissner on Vimeo.

As you can see, the bootkit, which is only 14KB big, bypasses Windows UAC and the security mechanism build into the Windows 8 bootloader. Kleissner previously developed a proof-of-concept ‘bootkit’ called Stoned [PDF] capable of attacking Windows platforms ranging from XP to 7. It seems that this work has now been extended to include Windows 8. The source code to Stoned is available for download from Kleissner’s website. According to Kleissner the new Windows 8 hack does not attack UEFI 'secure boot' feature and currently only works on systems running legacy BIOSes. Related:

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Windows


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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