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Windows 7: Microsoft Intelligence Report Downplays Prominence of Zero-Day Threats


11 Oct 2011   #1
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Microsoft Intelligence Report Downplays Prominence of Zero-Day Threats

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After analyzing data from more than 600 million systems around the globe, Microsoft has determined that zero-day vulnerabilities aren't nearly as worrisome as malware based on traditional techniques, such as social engineering and unpatched security holes. It's not that zero-day threats aren't inherently dangerous, it's just that hardly anyone's exploiting them, at least comparatively
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Maximum PC | Microsoft Intelligence Report Downplays Prominence of Zero-Day Threats


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11 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

The behaviour based scanning doesn't seem to be useful if you consider the amount of the zero day threats. But i think it is really important, so there are not much malwares that can surprise you but if one of a million does then it will surprise everyone. So it is important to analyize the behaviour, at least they should spend more time thinking about the other ways of defence. This technology needs to be updated but not continuosly invented, many AVs have the engine that makes 1 mistake in one of a thousand applications which are clean but av marks 1 as a threat.
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11 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
 
 

Seems like an overly winded article that basically goes over the risk management process.

What MaximumPC appears to be addressing is how not all Zero Day exploits are nearly as dangerous as it may appear to be.

For example a Zero Day exploit would have to be categorized for its risk severity, meaning what kind of damage could result from it. Then you'd have to consider the risk probability, which factors in the likelihood of this realistically affecting users, then the result of factoring both plays into the final risk level.

A simple analogy would be like looking at Sky Diving. The severity of the worst case scenario is going splat. The likelihood of that happening is mitigated through training, doing it under low risk weather conditions, with proper and redundant safety equipment, and always with an experienced diver present. That brings the probability of going splat down to very low levels. The residual risk ends up being very acceptable and not very likely to be deadly.
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11 Oct 2011   #4

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11 Oct 2011   #5

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13 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
ZDNet Article

The ZDNet article has some other interesting links in it.

Which is the most popular malware propagation tactic?
Which is the most popular malware propagation tactic? | ZDNet
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