The Stoned Bootkit is a rootkit that is booted before the main operating system has, and is able to stay and hide itself in memory during execution of the guest operating system. The payload is executed beside the running operating system and comes with the bootkit. Stoned is designed to be operating system independent, it is multiplatform. It currently supports all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems and Linux.
It allows a very wide abstraction of the program and the running base, this means it is a new deployment platform of software. The current proof of concept payloads are a local privilege escalation and a remote surveillance tool. The platform, however is open for third-party future development.
The bootkit itself has an integrated module and plugin structure which allows extending its core features without touching the core code. New in this version is that it is totally independent from media, it can be started from hard disk (master boot record), but also CD/DVD/BD or even over the network.