Thursday, March 31, 2011

Samsung Laptops Secure -- No Keylogger!

The media feeding frenzy over the possibility of a repeat of the Sony BMG rootkit scandal in Samsung laptops was dispelled when reported that it was a false/positive.

As explained by Alex Eckelberry, General Manager, GFI Security:

"The detection was based off of a rarely-used and aggressive VIPRE detection method, using folder paths as a heuristic.  I want to emphasize “rarely”, as these types of detections are seldom used, and when they are, they are subject to an extensive peer review and QA process.  (It’s not common knowledge, but folder path detections are actually used by a good number of antimalware products, but are generally frowned upon as a folder that looks clearly like one for malware has the potential of generating just this kind of result — a false positive.)"

VIPRE has been updated to remove the false/positive detection.

Additional information is available in Samsung Laptops do not have a keylogger (and it was our fault).

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