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Do we need test procedures in our companies before implementing Antivirus signatures?

Published: 2012-08-20
Last Updated: 2012-08-20 17:41:16 UTC
by Manuel Humberto Santander Pelaez (Version: 1)
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We have heard a couple of cases regarding problems caused my faulty antivirus signature files.Most recend that has a worldwide impact was the Microsoft Antivirus treating code from google webpage as virus. In 2010, Mcafee deployed DAT 5958 which identified svchost.exe as a virus, deleting it an causing loose of network access. In April 2011, Mcafee deployed DAT 6329, which caused disruption in SAP telephone connectivity functionality as it recognized spsgui.exe with virus. Also deployed DAT 6682, which caused system crash in GroupShield Exchange (MSME), GroupShield Domino, and McAfee Email Gateway.

Yesterday, we received report from reader John stating that computers with DAT 6807 installed got conectivity problems. Today Mcafee confirmed this to be a problem if you are using VSE 8.8.x and have DAT 6807 or 6808 installed. Their recommendation is to go straight to DAT6809.

Other antivirus programs like AVG also deploys faulty updates. Since these events are becoming a worrying trend, should we implement test procedures inside our organizations as we do with other updates like the ones deployed by Microsoft with Windows Update? Implementing a faulty update has a high risk to the organization and its solution consumes considerable time and substantial resources. I am considering implementing such procedure for my company.

Do you think it's necessary to implement such procedure in your company? Let us know!

Manuel Humberto Santander Peláez
SANS Internet Storm Center - Handler
Twitter:@manuelsantander
Web:http://manuel.santander.name
e-mail:msantand at isc dot sans dot org

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