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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Antimalware vendors are loading up-with traditional signature-based detection, heuristic detection, detection based on common attack characteristics and exploits of known vulnerabilities, application controls, host firewall...whew! But how well is all this working? Recent tests from a couple of sources -- Virus Bulletin (VB) and Secunia -- didn't have all the answers, but the findings were interesting enough to make us wonder, yet again, how effective are these products and how do you test that effectiveness. The annual VB100 certification test-which has been around since 1998- didn't tell us much except that AV vendors can shoot fish in a barrel-in this case, a WildList virus sampling they surely all have signatures for. But other test results, detailed in the October Bulletin, detecting bots and worms, polymorphic viruses and especially Trojans, were more revealing.While all the major vendors scored perfectly on the VB100 test, they missed 5 to 15 percent on the Trojans test. The reason? First, this was a fresh batch of specimens, so the products had to ... Access >>>

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