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McAfee glitch leads to false detections

A reader emailed us yesterday warning that a link in our Dec. 20, 2007 Security Wire Perspectives email newsletter points to a page containing an exploit script. We puzzled over this one yesterday afternoon, but thanks to the folks at the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC), the mystery appears to be solved.

According to ISC’s Pedro Bueno, others have reported that their AV was detecting the JS/Exploit-BO virus when visiting such sites as ESPN and Friendster.

It appears the problem is with the McAfee AV. He wrote that McAfee just released an emergency DAT to fix the false reading on some JavaScripts. The new DAT is available here.

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