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Re: computer with rootkit?
From: "Jamie Ivanov" <jamie.ivanov () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:41:40 +0000

Yes, someone familiar can do it in a short amount of time. Unreliable? Depends on the infection. If done properly it 
can be perfectly reliable. Know your operating system and know your malware. Setup auditing to be sure.

From all of the insurance companies I've worked for, imagining is easier but *not* quicker as I've already described. 
The average machine maybe.

Jamie Ivanov / KC9LFD
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-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Lynch <DLynch () placer ca gov>
Sender: listbounce () securityfocus com
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:34:13 
To: security basics<security-basics () securityfocus com>
Subject: RE: computer with rootkit?

Repairing a rootkit infection is not that difficult. I've 
been reverse engineering them for years. Those who have 
suggested a reinstall should be ashamed.

Really? It would take at least a few hours to clean as you described, more for someone unfamiliar with the tools and 
procedures. While the process may be educational, the result is not entirely reliable. Re-imaging a machine to a 
standard install can be done in 15 minutes. Unless the system is highly customized, or a standard image isn't 
available, cleaning off an advanced rootkit is nearly always a waste of time.



Dan Lynch, CISSP
Information Technology Analyst
County of Placer
Auburn, CA

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[mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On Behalf Of Jamie Ivanov
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:36 AM
To: Brian Rogalski; listbounce () securityfocus com; security basics
Subject: Re: computer with rootkit?

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