An anonymous reader shared Thursday’s report from eSecurity Planet:
After Microsoft warned earlier this week that some drivers certified by the Windows Hardware Developer Program (MWHDP) are being leveraged maliciously, a Cisco Talos security researcher said the number of malicious drivers could number in the thousands.
Talos researcher Chris Neal discussed how the security problem evolved in a blog post. “Starting in Windows Vista 64-bit, to combat the threat of malicious drivers, Microsoft began to require kernel-mode drivers to be digitally signed with a certificate from a verified certificate authority,” Neal wrote. “Without signature enforcement, malicious drivers would be extremely difficult to defend against as they can easily evade anti-malware software and endpoint detection.” Beginning with Windows 10 version 1607, Neal said, Microsoft has required kernel-mode drivers to be signed by its Developer Portal. “This process is intended to ensure that drivers meet Microsoft’s requirements and security standards,” he wrote.