Vista hacks to be demoed at Black Hat conference

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Las Vegas (NV) - A hacker duo will demonstrate several ways of getting past Windows Vista security in an upcoming Black Hat training class.  Polish security researcher Joanna Rutkowska and Alex Tereshkin will show off new rootkits and ways to defeat Vista’s vaunted BitLocker drive encryption.

The two day training class titled “Understanding Stealth Malware” will cost a cool $3000 and running from July 28th to August 2nd.  The class is part of collection of classes and briefings offered at the Black Hat security convention, a convention that is considered an almost mandatory event by many of the world’s top hackers.  

Students in the class will need to have a basic understanding of the C programming language and will use disassemblers and other tools to crack 64-bit Vista’s kernel and drive protections.  Students will also learn “data hooking” malware, antimalware techniques and possibly Northbridge motherboard hacking.

Rutkowska claims the attacks will bypass BitLocker and will not require a reboot.  BitLocker is Microsoft’s next generation drive encryption software that uses trusted chips, passwords and USB authentication devices.

The class is sure to fill up quickly, if it hasn’t done so already.  According to the Black Hat course description, these classes will be the only public classes on the subject offered by Rutkowska this year.

Rutkowska is a regular on the security speaking circuit and gave several talks last year regarding Vista’s User Access Control security.  She recently quit her job at COSEINC and is forming her own security company.

Black Hat and Defcon is a de-facto summer tradition for many hackers with many of them traveling from across the globe to attend.  For the past there years we’ve covered the conferences and we plan to the same this year.