Did Virus Scanners Just Become Obsolete?
from the were-they-that-necessary-before? dept
It’s become something of a joke when you look at just how many anti-something software products you need these days just to keep your computer safe (anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-spyware, firewall, anti-trojan, anti-phishing, anti-hijack, etc., etc., etc.), but the list usually begins with anti-virus software. ?According to one security researcher, though, anti-virus software may have just become a lot more insecure. ?Because the software needs to scan so many files so quickly, there are some programming shortcuts put into the products — and the researcher has basically figured out a way to use those shortcuts to trick plenty of anti-virus products into completely skipping over malicious files. ?The claim, also, is that the only way to fix this is to really rewrite how the scanning works. ?Looks like, once again, people are going to need security software to protect themselves from their security software.