Acronis International‘s patented method prevents malicious process insertions by monitoring active processes in suspended mode, injecting DLLs to track API commands, and analyzing file inputs for anomalies. If a malicious process is detected, the suspended process is prevented from resuming execution. GlobalData’s report on Acronis International gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Preventing malicious process insertions by monitoring and analyzing active processes

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Acronis International GmbH

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11874920B2) discloses a method and system for preventing the insertion of malicious processes into active processes running in suspended mode within an operating system. The method involves monitoring active processes in suspended mode, injecting a dynamic link library (DLL) to track commands for suspension and resumption, monitoring file inputs and outputs for anomalies, and determining the presence of malicious processes before allowing the suspended process to resume execution. The system includes a filter driver in the kernel mode of the operating system to carry out these functions efficiently.

Furthermore, the patent details additional features such as recording changes made to memory or address space, transferring recorded changes to an analyzer for analysis, updating rules based on analysis results, and blocking the resumption of processes if suspicious activities are detected. The system aims to enhance security measures by closely monitoring and analyzing the behavior of active processes to prevent the insertion of malicious processes effectively. This innovative approach provides a robust defense mechanism against potential cybersecurity threats within the operating system environment, ensuring the integrity and security of processes running in suspended mode.

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