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Mozilla releases open-source memory-scanning technology (for servers, not brains)

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Mozilla just announced a new security technology that will let you look into your server’s memory processes and it’s called Masche.

As you’d expect the code is open-source.

The tool scans memory processes, while allowing for normal unabated operations. Masche acts as a complement to Mozilla’s existing digital forensics and threat response platform Mozilla InvestiGator or MIG. The platform views information from thousands of hosts simultaneously, but cannot see into memory processes.

Masche’s technology makes up for this handicap. Mozilla says that while Masche provides fast memory scans, it doesn’t offer advanced forensic features, like Volatility or Rekall (two advanced forensics frameworks).

“Instead, it focuses on searching for regexes and byte strings in the processes of large pools of systems, and does so live and very fast,” Mozilla writes in a blog post.

The memory forensics library that supports the memory scans was designed by a group of students at the University of Buenos Aires. The program runs on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.

This free open-source solution certainly could help coders secure enterprise and startup server networks in a cost-effective way.

You can check out the source code here.

More information:
  • Mozilla Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. Mozilla is best known for the Firefox browser, but we advance our mission through other software projects, grants... read more »

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