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    Is it possible to strip the Windows kernel?

    Is it possible to strip the Windows kernel? I have a Windows 2003 Enterprise server, and I asked someone about securing it. He said something along the lines of stripping the kernel, however I somehow dont think windows kernels are strippable. I looked for info on google but found none, and when I told this person i didnt think it was possible i was treated like I didn't know what I was talking about. Anyone have any info?

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    It's not possible as far as I know
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    Yeah, hit it with an axe ;-) That ought to cut 'er down a bit.

    I do beleve it's possible to unload drivers and subsystems that you're not taking advantage of. You can't /etc/system||make config||kernconf it, but you can cut out some of the stuff if I remember right.

    Killing services, et al.. but that's not dropping kernel pieces.

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    yeah.. windows kernel is just a single file and it cannot be configured.
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    The core is one main file, but individual drivers and subsystems can be loaded and unloaded, much like on a Linux machine or on a Macintosh. I'm not sure it's all that worth it, though.

    The design of the Windows kernel is actually pretty cool. It, like the Mach (Macintosh), is a micro-kernel. Most of the Unixes run monolithic systems whereas the micro-kernel systems rely on a "message passing style" framework.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/is...l/default.aspx

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    Originally posted by farpost
    It's not possible as far as I know
    Yeah thats what i thought.

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