Common Malware Enumeration - New CME standard for AV vendors
CERT provides one of the best websites related to computer security. They have recently addressed a major issue among anti-virus companies, where common naming conventions don't exist due to the competitive nature of being first many times. Also, some AV products can handle several variants with a single defiition, where other AV vendors must specifically define a new variant each time a new compression or packing technique is used on the executable.
Chris Mosby, a very talented security modertor in My IT Forums commented on this need in an “Open Letter to Anti-Virus Software Companies” in November 2004. This new system won't be perfect, but it's a step in the right direction. It'll help companies like the one I work for which uses corporate McAfee VS 8.0i on the desktop and SAV for email filtering.
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