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

  • From: Victor Firestone <vlfll@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 17:57:46 +0200

Actually I use McAfee as I get it free as a bonus from work

I did a while back beta test their latest AV

Pam wrote:

Me too. Do you use their AV also?

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    *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


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.
They make an excellent AV product too.

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

        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).
        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:
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