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12/28/2008
11:31 PM
George V. Hulme
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Infected Digital Picture Frames: They're Ba'aack

Last January, Insignia had to yank a line of 10.4-inch digital frames from Best Buy due to reports of infection. This year it's Samsung that has egg on its face.

Last January, Insignia had to yank a line of 10.4-inch digital frames from Best Buy due to reports of infection. This year it's Samsung that has egg on its face.The digital frames in question are the SPF-85H 8-Ince Digital Photo Frames with 1 GB of internal memory. They were sold throughout the fourth calendar quarter of 2008.

Amazon.com provided the following warning to its customers:

The alert concerns discovery of the W32.Sality.AE worm on the installation disc SAMSUNG FRAME MANAGER XP VERSION 1.08, which is needed for using the SPF-85H as a USB monitor. If you are using Vista or a different version of Frame Manager, this issue does not affect you.

The good news is that W32.Sality.AE was originally discovered in April 2008, which means anyone running antivirus software should be safe. The bad news is that as more devices are Internet-connected and digitized you can expect more of this.

Samsung needs to do a better job, obviously, of either scanning its software for malware during the duplication phase, or conduct more due diligence on the contractors it hires to perform its duplication.

For those who may be affected, Samsung has published an update.

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