Will Patent Battles Make Your Computer Less Secure?

from the hurray-for-patents dept

Just as a new study is coming out suggesting that anti-virus software is getting worse at actually protecting your computer comes some other news that there's a brewing patent battle in the anti-virus world, with one firm, Trend Micro, going after a bunch of other companies for daring to use similar techniques in trying to protect computer equipment. If ever there were a perfect example of patents being used to hold back progress, this would be it. Computer security is incredibly important -- but it's a rapidly changing field, as both the "good guys" and the "bad guys" need to be constantly adjusting. Preventing firms from being able to use one method (and to improve on it, change it, build on it, etc.) simply gives the malware writers a huge leg up. They have no such qualms about building off of others' work, and this will simply lead to malware getting further and further ahead of security software, as security companies are held up in their ability to continue to adapt.

Filed Under: computer security, patents, security
Companies: trend micro


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    Technofear (profile), 13 Feb 2008 @ 12:04am

    Popularity does indirectly correlate to susceptibi

    “Moreover, as all competent security people know, there is no correlation between popularity and susceptibility.”

    We also know that as the popularity of an OS increases so does the amount of malware that targets it.

    Much of the reason many OSs are considered ‘safe’ is that no one bothers to investigate / create attack methods for them.

    If these ‘secure’ OSs had the same market share (== probability of finding a target fro your malware) as Windows then they would have many more security vulnerabilities exposed.

    Why spend time creating malware that attacks

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