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Mission impossible? Malwarebytes invents software that blocks zero-day attacks

John E Dunn | June 16, 2014
US firm Malwarebytes has announced a security product it believes can do something that has eluded even the best-resourced security firms in the business – block all zero-day attacks known and unknown against popular Windows applications.

Aware that it was likely to be greeted with scepticism, Malwarebytes asked security researcher Kafeine to pit the beta version against a number of top malware exploit kits and 31 recent known Java, IE and Adobe exploits. According to the results, the software blocked all of them.

Assuming this result is replicated against other known (and unknown) exploits, attackers have only three lines of attack left, starting with the application itself. Two other limitations are that the software doesn't and can't defend against zero-day attacks on Windows itself (although relatively few use that avenue because this kind of flaw is rarer than it used to be), nor malware employing social engineering to get itself installed.

"Exploits have been responsible for a lot of headlines recently as they are a highly effective way of stealing confidential data from people and businesses. After researching thousands of vulnerabilities and exploits, we are confident that Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit will help mitigate some of this risk," said Malwarebytes CEO, Marcin Kleczynski.

"With the advanced threat landscape becoming increasingly exploit-led, this new proactive technology puts people and companies back on the front foot. This is especially important for those still running Windows XP."

Malwarebytes Anti Exploit can be downloaded from the firm's website.


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