September issue of VB published

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Sep 1, 2010

The September issue of Virus Bulletin is now available for subscribers to download.

The September 2010 issue of Virus Bulletin is now available for subscribers to browse online or download in PDF format.

Some of the things this month's issue has in store are:

  • VBSpam comparative review: A new spam feed and an expansion of the ham corpus ensured that anti-spam products in this month's test were tested to their full abilities. Martijn Grooten has the results.
  • Breaking the habit: 'Why doesn't Windows tell me when that very important signature has been tampered with?' Roel Schouwenberg, Kaspersky Lab
  • The missing LNK: LNK files are everywhere in Windows, so ubiquitous that they are rarely even recognized for what they are. Overall, LNK files do not pose a direct threat, but then there are the LNK files produced by W32/Stuxnet, which allow the execution of arbitrary code without the need for any user interaction. Peter Ferrie has the details.
  • Injection as a way of life: Injecting code into a process is not a new technology, but it is still used by most prevalent malware today. Raul Alvarez dissects two examples of recent prevalent malware and shows how they inject their code into a running process.
  • Chim Chymine: a lucky sweep?: Apart from generating detection for Stuxnet, ESET also started to detect its approach heuristically and it wasn't long before new malware families appeared, experimenting with LNK files. David Harley has the details.
  • Anti-unpacker tricks: part 12: Last year, a series of articles described some tricks that might become common in the future, along with some countermeasures. Now, the series continues with a look at tricks that are specific to debuggers and emulators.
  • What's the deal with sender authentication? Part 4: Sender authentication is a hot topic in the world of email. It has a number of uses and a number of suggested uses. Which ones work in real life? Which ones don't quite measure up? Can we use authentication to mitigate spoofing? Can we use it to guarantee authenticity? And how do we authenticate email, anyway? Terry Zink provides the answers to these questions and more, this month focusing on the use of encryption in email.

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Posted on 08 September 2010 by Virus Bulletin



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