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Some malware threats are simply nuisances, and then there are truly dangerous and malicious ones. In the latter category, buffer overflow attacks and rootkits are the favorites of professional hackers. Often they are used in tandem, with a buffer overflow providing the way in and a rootkit providing a highly stealthy way to stay in.
This whitepaper explains these two threats and why traditional security approaches have been largely ineffective against them. Then the paper outlines how Endpoint Security 2.0 solutions using kernel-level application whitelisting can effectively neutralize the threats and provide greater peace of mind.