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PC Pro: News: McAfee falls foul of faulty virus detection update, 14.3.06

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Security firm McAfee has a great deal of egg on its face after it inadvertently released a new set of virus signature files that falsely identified dozens of ordinary programs as malware. The company now has to face complaints from angry users who may have deleted their files.

The problem started last Friday when the company released the 4715 DATs which contained an incorrect identification for the W95/CTX virus. As a result, a long list of ordinary files, including Microsoft's Excel, the Google Toolbar installer, Java and the Macromedia Flash Player, were marked as hostile and users were prompted to either quarantine or delete them.


[CLB: This is a great example of how friendly intervention software can go astray. There are arguments that we should release friendly counter-virii onto the net to protect, prevent, and repair. But even with good intention and design, mistakes can occur, as the above illustrates.]


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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"


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