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Is it legal to patch the windows binary self?

blknitblknit Member Posts: 18

I found lot of people research on Windows PatchGuard. and they can static change windows binary to disable windows PatchGuard. I just curious about is it legal or not to change windows binary? Does anyone can confirm about it? Is any official document mentions about this?


  • Tim_RobertsTim_Roberts Member - All Emails Posts: 13,272

    The phrase "change windows binary" doesn't mean anything. What are they changing? Kernel drivers are protected by checksums.

    The people trying to override PatchGuard are not interested in whether such a thing is legal, but it is certainly unethical. No ethical programmer would do such a thing. We're too busy trying to get work done.

    Tim Roberts, [email protected]
    Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

  • Peter_Viscarola_(OSR)Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Administrator Posts: 7,683

    @blknit WTF is it with you posting in the wrong forum? Is this really an admin question?

    Please pay attention to where you’re posting.

    Moving this topic...


    Peter Viscarola

  • blknitblknit Member Posts: 18

    @Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Sorry. I will pay attention next time. Please delete the post. Thanks.

  • MBond2MBond2 Member Posts: 40

    it should be obvious that it is not okay to arbitrarily modify parts of the OS either in memory or on disk. Technologies like patch guard exist to help prevent this kind of modification by malware

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