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Windows 7: Sophos antivirus detects own update as false positive malware


20 Sep 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Sophos antivirus detects own update as false positive malware

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Users of Sophos' antivirus software were hit by a false positive bug on Wednesday that saw some of the program's own updates classed as a false positive malware, which then deleted crucial files.

Many enterprise and business computers were hit b the bug, creating reports to administrators reporting the program as SSH/Updater-B malware. The Register reports that administrators were bombarded with emails and alerts about the non-existent problem, which has since been fixed.

The false positive left systems unable to update because the updating functionality itself was put under quarantine. Sophos apologized in a blog post and pointed to a knowledge base article, which included steps to help mitigate the non-existent 'outbreak':

Read more at source:
Sophos antivirus detects own update as false positive malware | ZDNet

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20 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Well that's unfortunate.
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20 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It definitely different. The first time I have head of such a thing happening.
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20 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Well I have heard paid antivirus killing the OS this way, but I believe it was usually Norton.
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22 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
What is ...

What is:
  • Pre-release testing?
  • Quality Control?
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22 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

They really need a beta testing program...
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