Virus Bulletin - June 2008

Editor: Helen Martin

Technical Consultant: John Hawes

Technical Editor: Morton Swimmer

Consulting Editors: Ian Whalley, Nick FitzGerald, Richard Ford, Edward Wilding



The good, the bad and the blurring boundaries (comment); Metafile art class (feature); Strike me down, and I shall become more powerful! (feature); System cleaning: getting rid of malware from infected PCs (feature); EICAR 2008, c'était merveilleux! (conference report); VB100: Ubuntu Linux 8.04LTS Server Edition (comparative review)


The good, the bad and the blurring boundaries

'The reality is that the distinction between legitimate and malicious software is an ever blurring line.’ Greg Day, McAfee

Greg Day - McAfee, UK


AusCERT delegates get more than they bargained for

Red faces all round as infected USB sticks handed out.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

Could do better all round

EU information security body says European countries need to improve information security; annual report card shows US federal agencies don't all comply with security rules.

Helen Martin - Virus Bulletin, UK

Malware prevalence report

April 2008

The Virus Bulletin prevalence table is compiled monthly from virus reports received by Virus Bulletin; both directly, and from other companies who pass on their statistics.


Metafile art class

Like its predecessor the Windows Metafile Format, the Enhanced Metafile Format has proven to be susceptible to misappropriation. Dennis Elser provides an in-depth description of a recent remotely exploitable file format vulnerability within the Windows graphics device interface (GDI).

Dennis Elser - Secure Computing Corporation, Germany

Strike me down, and I shall become more powerful!

The rootkit that has been dubbed one of the stealthiest ever seen in the wild is back – with improved defences and new stealth code. Aditya Kapoor and Rachit Mathur look at recent developments in the MBR rootkit.

Aditya Kapoor - McAfee Avert Labs, USA & Rachit Mathur - McAfee Avert Labs, USA

System cleaning: getting rid of malware from infected PCs

Maik Morgenstern and Andreas Marx argue the importance of testing the system cleaning capabilities of anti-malware products and describe how it can be done.

Maik Morgenstern -, Germany & Andreas Marx -, Germany

Conference report

EICAR 2008, c’était merveilleux!

Eddy Willems provides a roundup of this year's EICAR conference in Laval, France.

Eddy Willems - Kaspersky Lab and EICAR, Belgium

Comparative review

VB100 June 2008 - Ubuntu Linux 8.04LTS Server Edition

John Hawes dusts off his Linux skills for a comparative review of anti-malware products on the Ubuntu Server platform. Check out which of the 15 products were awarded VB100 status and which failed to make the grade.

John Hawes - Virus Bulletin


Anti-malware industry events

Must-attend events in the anti-malware industry - dates, locations and further details.

Spam Bulletin

Spam Supplement - June 2008

Anti-spam news; Is your spam filter really adaptive? (Probably not) (feature)