Virus Bulletin - September 2009


Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: John Hawes

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editors: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding

2009-09-01


Comment

How clean is clean?

'If ever there was an argument to be made against a whitelisting-only approach to security, this is it.' Roel Schouwenberg, Kaspersky Lab.

Roel Schouwenberg - Kaspersky Lab

News

MAAWG takes steps to tackle bots

Working group issues best practices documents for ISPs.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

Apple patches iphone

Patch released for critical SMS vulnerability.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

Malware prevalence report

July 2009

The Virus Bulletin prevalence table is compiled monthly from virus reports received by Virus Bulletin; both directly, and from other companies who pass on their statistics.


Malware analysis

Heads or tails?

Peter Ferrie reports on a virus that uses an interesting variation on cavity infection.

Peter Ferrie - Microsoft, USA

Feature

Data tainting for malware analysis – part one

The increased use of virtualization technologies presents new angles for new types of attack. Florent Marceau presents a different view of this technical evolution in order to take advantage of full virtualization with the aim of helping malware researchers.

Florent Marceau - CERT-LEXSI, France

Conference report

Black Hat 2009 conference report

Andrew Lee reports from Caesar's Palace on the mammoth 15-track Black Hat conference.

Andrew Lee - K7 Computing

Product review

G Data Total Security 2010

VB's test team decided to test drive G Data's latest complete suite product and were thoroughly impressed with the breadth and quality of the product.

John Hawes - Virus Bulletin, UK

Comparative review

Anti-spam comparative review September 2009

The latest round of VBSpam testing and certification sees an increase in the field of competitors for the third time in a row. This month, 12 products line up on the test bench. Martijn Grooten has the details.

Martijn Grooten - Virus Bulletin, UK

Calendar

Anti-malware industry events

Must-attend events in the anti-malware industry - dates, locations and further details.


 

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