Microsoft Updates Guideline on Windows Driver Security

Microsoft has released an updated guide on driver security. This new guide offers advice that developers could use to ensure Windows drivers are secured against basic attacks and preventable flaws.


Driver Security Guidance

This section contains information on enhancing driver security.

In this section

Driver security checklistThis topic provides a driver security checklist for driver developers.
Threat modeling for driversDriver writers and architects should make threat modeling an integral part of the design process for any driver. This topic provides guidelines for creating threat models for drivers.
Windows security model for driver developersThis topic describes how the Windows security model applies to drivers and explains what driver writers must do to improve the security of their devices.
Use the Device Guard Readiness Tool to evaluate HVCI driver compatibilityThis topic describes how to use the tool to evaluate the ability of a driver to run in a Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI) environment.


The nice part is that all this is also available as PDF.

I am starting to like these new initiatives from Microsoft.
I wrote that they are taking a clear stance on PUA and now I see that they are actually enforcing a secure software lifecycle also for drivers.

Threat modeling for drivers is not new, but now they provide an article as an example driver threat model diagram that can be used as a starting point for drivers.


Well done, Microsoft.



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Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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