Fri, Mar 10 2006 19:18
Those pesky Dat files
For a brief period on Friday, McAfee's security tools killed more than viruses.
An error in McAfee's virus definition file released Friday morning caused the company's consumer and enterprise antivirus products to flag Microsoft's Excel, as well as other applications on users' PCs, as a virus called W95/CTX, Joe Telafici, director of operations at McAfee's Avert labs, told CNET News.com.
"At about 1 p.m. PST we started getting reports that people were seeing an unusual number of W95/CTX infections in their environment," Telafici said. "Files that we did identify would probably be deleted or quarantined, depending on your settings."
Okay first we had Trend with a bad dat file...then Microsoft Antispyware flagged Norton as a bad file...then we have McAfee flagging Excel... and Sandi reports that Trend is flagging Windows Genuine Advantage.... and yet the funny thing is most people freak out when you say you are going to turn on automatic updates in patching and possibly nail a network... what about all the OTHER gunk we are automatically updating all the time around our networks and not even blinking an eyelash?
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