Project Freta is Microsoft’s new hope.
Microsoft found a new threat detection service that can hopefully, improve the security protection on Linux systems. They found Project Freta, a free cloud-based tool able to detect unfamiliar forms of malware and other malicious software like the rootkits and crypto miners that Microsoft says could have previously gone undetected in Linux systems.
Malware authors can often swerve or bypass such methods, meaning a fresh approach was needed. Project Freta can analyze virtual machines (VMs) to learn about unfamiliar environments and how they are affected by malware. This is before using this knowledge to spot emerging threats.
According to Microsoft, Project Freta automatically review images of thousands of Linux cloud VMs to detect new forms of malware and sensor corruption and supports over 4,000 kernel versions at launch.
As Mike Walker, Microsoft Senior Director, New Security Ventures, said, “We often think about the field of computer security as a field of walls and barriers that keep intruders out. With Project Freta, we invite readers to think not of walls but of sunlight. Project Freta is a roadmap toward trusted sensing for the cloud that can allow enterprises to engage in regular, complete discovery sweeps for undetected malware.”
This Project Freta is only available in Linux systems. However, Microsoft says it plans to add Windows support for Project Freta soon.
“We hope that Project Freta empowers administrators and responders and is used globally as it has been used at Microsoft: to hunt advanced intruders and their toolkits,” Walker concluded.