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The Increasing Dangers of Code Hooking

29
Aug
2016
The Increasing Dangers of Code Hooking

The Increasing Dangers of Code Hooking

Security researchers discovered a series of implementations of an old type of exploit known as code hooking. These implementations are increasing and becoming more dangerous. Operating under the name of Captain Hook, these exploits make use of code injection techniques that could cause numerous vulnerabilities and potentially affect thousands of products.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on with this exploit. Code hooking is a very intrusive coding operation where mainly OS function calls are intercepted by a program to alter or augment their behavior. Antivirus programs do this all the time when they discover a piece of malware or when some modified routine is behaving badly.

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