[pcductape] Re: Free website virus scan could be dangerous

  • From: "Pam" <ltf01@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 06:33:59 -0500

Me too. Do you use their AV also?

Pam
  -----Original Message-----
  From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Victor Firestone
  Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 7:25 AM
  To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [pcductape] Re: Free website virus scan could be dangerous


  Pam,

  Known about that one for years and always recommended it

  Pam wrote:
    This is a good online scanner.  Doesn't have the security problems
either.
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

    They make an excellent AV product too.

    Pam
      -----Original Message-----
      From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Victor Firestone
      Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2004 11:28 AM
      To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Subject: [pcductape] Re: Free website virus scan could be dangerous


      Only if they have succedded in placing a particular script on your
comp in the Internet temp files................. it is possible but not so
easy to do

      Personally I use online scanners as a last resort - especially if I am
on someone else's computer trying to fix it and they do not have an AV
problem installed or if it is playing up

      Carl wrote:

        Hey Guys,
        Below is an email message I received from a virus research firm.
What is alarming is the indications that a hacker can get into your system
if you use a free website virus scan at two of the sites listed below.   I
use website virus all the time;   usually housecall but occasionaly I use
Panda (very very slow).
        Carl
        --------------------------------------------------------------
        Researcher Claims Online Anti-virus Scanners Buggy
        By Larry Seltzer
        April 7, 2004

        UPDATED: Online scanners from Symantec, McAfee and
        Panda all contain buffer overflows. One researcher
        claims an attacker could execute arbitrary code,
        another just that they could crash the browser. Panda
        reports their software has been fixed and Symantec
        and McAfee confirm the browser crash.

        An Israeli security researcher claims to have found
        security holes in the free online scanners of three
        major anti-virus companies.

        Rafel Ivgi, also known as "The Insider," in posts to
        several security mailing lists, claims that Panda
        ActiveScan, McAfee FreeScan, and Symantec Virus
        Detection all suffer from buffer overflows that could
        allow an attacker to crash the system and potentially
        execute arbitrary code.

        Read more here:
        http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1563092,00.asp
        Copyright © 1996-2004 Ziff Davis Media Inc.




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