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Student hackers from the University of Buenos Aires have developed with Mozilla an open-source forensics tool to analyse memory of running processes. Computer science quartet Marco Vanotti, Patricio Palladino, Nahuel Lascano, and Agustin Martinez Suñé are part of Masche Team, who are "highly motivated by coding, security and …

  1. ScarabMonkey

    Encryption software

    This may have serious repercussions for disk encryption software that holds the key in memory...

    1. Caspy7

      Re: Encryption software

      I know little about the topic. Do many disk encryption schemes hold the key in memory?

  2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    You know...

    ...sometimes, the so-called "hero" image reminds me of films where the actor sits in front of a computer hammering on the keys while the screen scrolls the output of an MS-DOS debug dump command up the display whereupon s/he shouts, "I'm in! We got those terrorists now!"

    No, if you have to explain what the image represents, you failed. That might work in an art gallery, but not when trying to illustrate a news story. Unless we need to probe deeper to figure it out.

  3. YARR

    I guess you must first compromise security in order to improve it. But how does this get around hardware memory protection?

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      But how does this get around hardware memory protection?

      The same way anything else does - by running with elevated privileges. No privilege, no memory scanning.

  4. elDog

    I wish Mozilla would spend some time for Firefox forensics

    Like what tab is consuming so much CPU or memory.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thank you, we will be integrating this to xkeyscore.

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