Monday, December 10, 2007

Antimalware Testing Group

Rating antivirus software: vendors to agree on standard testing guidelines
Ars Technica writes that "Understanding which AV package provides the best level of total protection isn't easy. Many of the larger players in the AV market met in Seoul last week to form the Anti-Malware Testing Working Group. The new group will be tasked with creating a set of software benchmarks that can conduct behavioral tests on multiple suites of security software".

Andreas Marx, who is spearheading the new testing group, emailed some excellent remarks on the effort to Alex at Sunbelt. Read the post HERE.

Security giants fail VB100 virus test
Researchers at Virus Bulletin have released the results [free registration required] of the latest VB100 computer security test, highlighting failures at a number of leading security vendors. Products from Sophos, Trend Micro and Kaspersky were among those that failed to protect fully against a collection of outdated viruses.

A total of 17 out of 32 of antivirus products failed the company's stringent VB100 test, which expects software to detect 100 percent of the commonly-circulating 'WildList' thrown at it without signalling any false positives. Not everyone agrees that the WildList, used by the VB100 tests, is a representative sample of real-world malware. The list excludes certain types of malware such as Trojans, backdoor rootkits. Moves are afoot to come up with a consistent set of tests for such malware based on behavioral characteristics rather than specific signatures. Read more HERE.

Of course, this topic always brings with it an element of humour, so, in keeping with that theme, this by far has been my favourite posted comment : Symantec (Norton) AV... of course it does a good job of crushing viruses and other nasties... After you've installed Norton AV your system has no memory, CPU time or anything else left to run viruses so, like magic, you're protected.

AV Gets a Facelift
Antivirus products get a yearly makeover, which may seem unnecessary on the surface, but is actually crucial for AV vendors to survive and stave off the droves of new malware variants affecting everyone from the home user to enterprise IT shops.

Read the article HERE.


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