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Google Warns against Sophos Antivirus

Google Warns against Sophos Antivirus

Added: Saturday, November 10th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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Tavis Ormandy, one of Google’s security experts, claimed he revealed a few serious security vulnerabilities in Sophos Antivirus, so it shouldn’t be used at important computer systems. The security expert claims that Sophos makes easy mistakes and fails to issue patches quickly. He published a report where several flaws were mentioned that were caused by the company’s poor development practices and coding standards. Sophos didn’t respond fast enough to his warning, which only made things worse.

For instance, it turned out that Sophos’ on-access scanner could be used to launch a worm by targeting a firm receiving an attack email through Outlook. The vulnerabilities were all tested on a Mac, but the expert believes that wormable remote root can affect all platforms that run Sophos.

Tavis Ormandy made a conclusion that users who install Sophos Antivirus expose their computers to considerable risk. Unless Sophos doesn’t improve its security in the nearest future, its deployment may cause considerable risk to global networks and infrastructure. Ormandy pointed out that he gave Sophos 2 months to address the problem before he published the report.

Of course, Sophos was not happy about 30-pages report saying that it fails to do its job. It replied that lots of flaws had been fixed and the company hadn’t seen the fixed flaws being exploited in the wild. Sophos announced the release of further fixes in the end of November. However, Sophos believes it would take half a year to release a patch that fixes a single line of code, while Ormandy says two months. The security expert admits that the company is working with good intentions, but is still ill-equipped to address the flaws he alone revealed in his spare time.

November 10th,2012

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Date:  Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-11-11 00:19:10)
Embolism avatarwhat can one say to this hmm,Norton(symnatec) are also slow to update definitions but half a year to fix a problem is far too slow,personally on my windows partition I use Comodo internet suite which has firewall and anti virus combined and is a commercial grade suite and best of all its free with a lifetime licence and regular updates to firewall and anti virus.Must add that I am usually to be found working on my Linux partition though and only use windows for the odd spate of gaming. Fedora core dual booted with windows has been on my PC for years and I work from my Linux partition and windows at the same time in a lot of cases.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-11-11 00:21:20)
Embolism avatarjust in case any would be windows hackers are looking to penetrate my system you should`nt waste your time as I have my samba server turned off .

posted by (2012-11-11 06:05:41)
bluffmaster12pm avatarWho uses that anyway ?

posted by (2012-11-11 06:46:20)
The_Good_Guy avatarVigilance. And best practices.

posted by Blocked (2012-11-11 17:02:08)
o2david avatarO.K so virus protection is not as ideal as claimed.
We also have a problem with another type of theory.
Antivirus protection is nothing like but is exactly as inadiquate as M.P. (Military Police) Theory better one and have executed examples involved to thwart out attacks. Still won't work. See hypocretes remain until resolved. Stop hacking and pay the right man or else?
Broad valid threat. That is fair, but your threat is as welcome as the lie kept. Appoint an M.P.
Believe me, I want to remain safe from you, your pittyful little band Army too.
No. By the Kindom Heaven appoints only cow.
Or I will take the one out of thecubboard cow, remember him cow, yea, I wasonly an infant at the time.

posted by (2012-11-11 22:15:03)
The_Ritty avatarwhat the hell are you babbling about!?

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-11-11 23:54:20)
Embolism avataro2david `s been on the LSD again

posted by (2012-11-12 04:46:29)
No avatar@Embolism
If I run a virtual os (windows)in vmware or virtual windows xp in win7 and my main Os has antivirus protection, can my virtual pick up a virus or does my main os catch it. Haven't seen to much info on it. Thanks in advance.

posted by Blocked (2012-11-13 05:18:50)
azharuddind avatarGoogle come on dude.

posted by (2012-11-14 22:21:36)
InkSlinger666 avatarI just think its a little funny how the majority of viruses/spyware/malware are created by the companies we pay to keep us safe from them ( to keep them in business). Ever get a virus wanting you to buy a key to clean your shit? A little odd, no? AV companies will always run their mouths about each other, because finding weaknesses in each others systems are their job. ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY....

posted by (2012-11-15 10:38:19)
trueblue07 avatarthanks for the warning

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