Monday, May 21, 2018
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Galaxy Note 9 to Feature Updated Bixby 2.0: Samsung
Microsoft Acquires Conversational AI Company Semantic Machines
Acer Predator X27 Monitor Supports 4K, HDR, and G-Sync, But Costs $2,000
FCC Investigating Recent Report Website Flaw Exposed Mobile Phone Locations
Hisense Announces "Affordable" 80-inch Laser TV
Roaming Mantis Malware Infects Smartphones Through Wi-fi Routers
'Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4' Will Not Have a Single Player Campaign
Enmotus FuzeDrive Performance Benchmarks
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > PC Parts > GFI Sec...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Thursday, March 31, 2011
GFI Security Apologizes For False Virus Alarm On Samsung Laptops


Samsung Laptops eventually do not have a keylogger, and the false alarm surfaced yesterday was based on a false positive from VIPRE, a malware-detection product sold by GFI Security.

The problem wasn't that Samsung was secretly installing keyloggers on its systems, but that GFI's software was mistakenly reporting that the laptops contained the malware.

Alex Eckelberry, General Manager at GFI Security, today apologized to Samsung, as well as any users who may have been affected by this false positive.

As he explained, the false detection was based off of a rarely-used and aggressive VIPRE detection method, using folder paths as a heuristic.

The directory in question was C:\WINDOWS\SL, and is the Slovenian language directory for Windows Live. This same directory path is used by the StarLogger keylogger.

In VIPRE software, among some of the detection types are heuristic (meaning, using a method of pattern analysis on the file); behaviorial (looking at the behaviour of a file in VIPRE's emulator to see if it does anything malicious) or signature-based (simply creating a file signature for the file). Part of the heuristic toolkit used might be any number of types of analyses, and these can include looking at the contents of the file for specific patterns that indicate malware. A researcher can also use a folder path as part of a more comprehensive detection set.

"Imagine you're a researcher, Eckelberry said. "You see the folder name "C:\windows\sl". This is, indeed, something one would never find on a Windows system at the time the detection was written, so the researcher added this folder path to his heuristics for this keylogger. It was peer-reviewed and tested against a broad range of Windows platforms, including every foreign language set. Everything is fine and dandy... except that at some point several years after the original detection was written, Windows Live started using that directory to install Slovenian language files for Windows Live. Samsung started pre-installing Windows Live, including all the languages, and there you have the problem we're having today."

In a statement earlier today, Samsung had denied that its computers contain keylogging software.

"The statements that Samsung installs keylogger on R525 and R540 laptop computers are false," Samsung's statement reads.

"Our findings indicate that the person mentioned in the article used a security program called VIPRE that mistook a folder created by Microsoft?s Live Application for a key logging software, during a virus scan.

The confusion arose because VIPRE mistook Microsoft's Live Application multi-language support folder, "SL" folder, as StarLogger."


Previous
Next
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Launches With Many Games        All News        Intel's Upcoming Ivy Bridge Microprocessors to Support PCI Express 3.0
Hynix Introduces New DDR4 DRAM     PC Parts News      Intel's Upcoming Ivy Bridge Microprocessors to Support PCI Express 3.0

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Samsung Brings Bixby to Home Appliances
Samsung Extends its Semiconductor Sales Lead over Intel
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Said to Launch Before September
Samsung in Talks with ZTE to Offer Exynos Mobile Processor
Motorola and Microsoft Foldable Phone Patents, and the new Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite
New Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ Come With Advanced Cameras and Everyday Features
Chips Power Samsung's Record first-quarter Profit Despite Decline in OLED Sales
Samsung Brings 10nm-class 16Gb LPDDR4X DRAM for Automobiles
Samsung Unveiled New Onyx Cinema LED Screen at CinemaCon
Samsung's Fastest 970 PRO and EVO NVMe SSDs Are Launching Worldwide
Samsung QLED TVs Receive '100 Percent Color Volume' Certification
Samsung Not Interested in Nokia's Health Unit

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2018 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .