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Windows Kernel Rootkits

To achieve maximum stealth and obtain unabated access to the system, rootkits execute in kernel mode. This course focuses on the kernel interfaces (APIs), data structures and mechanisms that are exploited by rootkits to achieve their goals at every stage of their execution. Kernel security enhancements that have been progressively added from Windows 7 to the latest version of Windows are discussed along with some circumvention techniques.

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This advanced course provides a comprehensive end-to-end view of the modus-operandi of rootkits by taking an in-depth look at behind the scenes working of the Windows kernel and how these mechanisms are exploited by malware through hands-on labs and real-world case studies. Kernel security enhancements that have been progressively added to Windows are discussed along with some circumvention techniques. Attendees will study key techniques used by rootkits to understand the real-world applicability of these concepts for offensive and defensive purposes.

Hands-on Labs

Every topic in this course is accompanied by hands-on labs where attendees get to implement key components of a rootkit and test them on 64-bit Windows systems to reinforce their understanding of the theory.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel and device drivers.
  • Be able to write and modify kernel-mode exploits.
  • Understand the security enhancements that have been added to the Windows kernel over time.
  • Be able to bypass some of the security mitigations in recent versions of Windows.
  • Understand the post-exploitation steps performed by kernel-mode rootkits.
  • Understand the techniques used by real-world rootkits.
  • Understand how rootkits hide their presence in the system.
  • Understand how rootkits intercept systemwide networking activity.
  • Be able to identify malicious behavior and defend against rootkits.

Topics

  • Kernel Attacks
  • Kernel Shellcoding
  • Kernel Hooking and Injection
  • Kernel Callbacks
  • Kernel Filtering
  • Kernel Networking
  • Virtualization Based Security
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  • LEVEL

Advanced

  • FORMAT

Live-Online & In-Person

  • LOCATION

Live Online, Columbia, MD, Client Site

  • DURATION

5 days

  • TARGET AUDIENCE

Anti-malware engineers, malware analysts, forensics examiners, security researchers who are responsible for detecting, analyzing, and defending against rootkits and other kernel post exploitation techniques.

Prerequisites

This is an advanced level course which requires attendees to be fluent in C/C++ programming, have a good knowledge of the Windows kernel internals/APIs and be able to use the kernel debugger (WinDBG) to debug Windows kernel modules.

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Subject matter experts

Trusted by US government agencies

I really enjoyed the course! It was interesting to see a different perspective on penetration testing and ways of progressing from recon to initial access to escalating privilege and lateral movement.

- Robert L., Washington, DC

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Upcoming Training Sessions

February 7-11, 2022 (Live-Online)

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