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RE: [Full-Disclosure] AV Naming Convention
From: Randal, Phil (prandalherefordshire.gov.uk)
Date: Tue Aug 10 2004 - 10:06:58 CDT
> I have to agree with Todd, the naming convention is now right
> useless for the normal population and make keeping up with
> viruses on a corporate level that much harder. AV companies
> are always trying to beat the other company and this leads to
> very little information sharing between the companies on new
> viruses, etc.
> Maybe a foundation should be created. This foundation could
> give a seal of approval to all AV corporations that join in.
> We are starting to make rules for patch management over at
> patchmanagment.org. Why couldn't a group work with AV names
> and the first company that finds and IDs it correctly gets to
> name it in the foundation. Just a dream, I would guess.
This completely misses the point. When a new virus is discovered, it is
essential that there is a RAPID response to the threat. The idead of
handing the critter over to a committee to decide it's name is, quite
frankly, plain bonkers. I for one would rather all the antivirus
vendors came up with their own names if it meant that
detection/disinfection patterns came out hour earlier.
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