Curious as to what Microsoft has been filing patents for after their recent patent claims against Linux, I came across a very interesting patent filed on July 12th related to Malware.
The goal of the system is to reduce the vulnerability window from when malware is first introduced into the wild to the time a fix is introduced. This will have the effect of reducing the number of overall systems infected worldwide. The vulnerability window is covered in Fig. 1 of the filing.
The system calls for a Server that is responsible for receiving and monitoring data from clients running monitoring software. As each client reports in, the server will check the data against a known database of malware. If the data is new, it can request secondary data to be collected from the client machine which includes the binary file (.exe), memory dump of the process itself and a crash dump that contains all the data in physical memory at the time. This check can also prompt the client computer to stop the installation of potential malware or allow the installation to continue to collect more data.
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