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SubjectRe: [malware-list] [RFC 0/5] [TALPA] Intro to a linux interface for on access scanning
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J. Bruce Fields wrote on 05/08/2008 23:55:24:

> On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 05:00:16PM -0400, Eric Paris wrote:
> > Please contact me privately or (preferably the list) for questions,
> > comments, discussions, flames, names, or anything. I'll do complete
> > rewrites of the patches if someone tells me how they don't meet their
> > needs or how they can be done better. I'm here to try to bridge the
> > needs (and wants) of the anti-malware vendors with the technical
> > realities of the kernel. So everyone feel free to throw in your two
> > cents and I'll try to reconcile it all. These 5 patches are part 1.
> > They give us a working able solution.
> >
> > >From my point of view patches forthcoming and mentioned below should
> > help with performance for those who actually have userspace scanners
but
> > also could presents be implemented using this framework.
> >
> >
> > Background
> > ++++++++++
> > There is a consensus in the security industry that protecting against
> > malicious files (viruses, root kits, spyware, ad-ware, ...) by the way
> > of so-called on-access scanning is usable and reasonable approach.
>
> Can you point to any helpful explanations of that concensus?

I can't, but everyone is doing it so that is at least an implied
consensus.

> Off-hand it's surprising. (A defense that depends on cataloging every
> possible individual attack sounds difficult!)

Maybe it is not how you imagine it? It is not a database of every possible
individual attack but there are more intelligent methods. But I am not an
expert in this field to explain it better..

Tvrtko


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