Friday, August 19, 2005

Virus Bulletin : Latest news - Black Hat round-up

Probably the most interesting presentation (at least from the point of view of the AV world) was Neel Mehta and Alex Wheeler's presentation 'Owning anti-virus: weaknesses in a critical security component'. This was clearly meant to be a controversial topic, and indeed they did demonstrate that some remote exploits were possible in a range of products. However, it seems more than likely that these holes have been patched, and they did not fail to notice that on the whole anti-virus software is written well, and has fewer such flaws than other systems. On the whole this was an interesting presentation, but I felt it could have been broader in scope, focussing on more than just anti-virus, especially as flaws in other security systems (notably firewalls) have been exploited by replicative malware (W32/Witty for instance), whereas, to date, no Anti-Virus software I am aware of has been.

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...