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Anti-virus Products Mostly Ignore Windows Security Features
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Among the anti-virus products that used neither ASLR nor DEP were AVAST Home Edition, AVG Internet Security 9.0, BitDefender Internet Security 2010, ESET Smart Security, F-Secure Internet Security, Norton Internet Security 2010 (*see below), Panda Internet Security 2010 and Trend Micro Internet Security 2010.
Microsoft Security Essentials was the only product that used both ASLR and DEP consistently on Windows Vista (although interestingly it does not invoke DEP on Windows XP). Other anti-virus suites I tested used either ASLR or DEP (or both), but only in some of the applications that make up the suite. For example, McAfee Internet Security’s “mcagent.exe” program runs both ASLR and DEP, while four other executable processes spawned by the program ran DEP but not ASLR (since these tests were run, McAfee has changed the trial version of MIS available on its site, and the company sent me a screen shot that shows DEP and ASLR on all running processes in that version).
Similarly, I found that the anti-virus suite from Avira ran its main avguard.exe program in ASLR mode but did not use DEP. The rest of the program files that ship with this product run neither ASLR nor DEP. Kaspersky Internet Security had DEP enabled on just one process (the browser plug-in), and did not invoke ASLR with any program components.
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