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I know that rootkits operate as part of the kernel, driver or service running on the system, injecting themself into DLLs or installing as a legitimate applications.

If I were to scan the system with sigverif.exe, would the files injected with the rootkit have broken signatures?

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Unlikely. Most rootkits hide themselves so that any access with the standard Win32 APIs would display the original file (if it was patched) and ignore any extra files/services added by the rootkit.

Also, sigverif only verifies files it knows to be signed – any additional files would simply be ignored.

RootkitRevealer is a more reliable tool. Some really nasty rootkits are only visible when comparing an online and offline scans (for example, from Windows itself and from a Linux CD).

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Very usefull, thanks – Dean Aug 19 '11 at 16:36
How can you compare those 2? Is there a utility that does that? – Dean Aug 19 '11 at 16:40
@Dean: There should be, but I'm not aware of any :( – grawity Aug 19 '11 at 16:42
Fair enough, thanks for the answer. – Dean Aug 19 '11 at 17:51

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