Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

03:52 AM

Most Antivirus Products Don't Stop New Attacks

Most antivirus products are ill-equipped to stop new hacker attacks, according to Independent Security Evaluators lab test

LINDON, Utah -- A recent comparative laboratory test conducted by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) found that most enterprise anti-virus (AV) products frequently fail to stop custom malware variants commonly used by hackers today. The ISE test, which reviewed the performance of major AV software products, determined that Avinti’s iSolation Server™ generally outperformed other solutions with a catch rate of 98.8% and that only two vendors, Avinti and Symantec, stopped greater than 90 percent of all malware variant instances used in the study. Other vendors total catch rates for all malware tested ranged from 53% to 11%.

ISE conducted a test that simulated a common technique of virus writers who wish to evade traditional AV signature-based products, morphing existing viruses to make them unrecognizable. The test was created without specific knowledge of any of the AV products tested. Thousands of virus variants were tested against the eight AV solution vendors, including Avinti, Symantec, McAfee, Tumbleweed, Ironport, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, and Barracuda.

“We found that overall [Avinti’s] iSolation Server was the most effective of the products we tested at discovering non-standard malware variants. Many of the other products in our tests were substantially less effective, allowing significant majorities of our malware corpus to pass undetected.” – taken from ISE Comparative Test Results study, May 18, 2007.

The lab test was commissioned by Avinti™, a developer of proactive e-mail security solutions, with the objective of determining if there is a quantifiable difference in other products and a benefit to using the company’s iSolation Server product to stop new malware and variants. The test used over 4,200 new malware variants that were passed through each of the products. The test not only proved iSolation Server’s unique approach stopped more malware than the other seven products tested, but also identified a major weakness in most AV products being sold today : a difficulty in stopping malware variants that are modified using very common tools.

“We feel like this test was very representative of the way new malware variants are developed,” said Avi Rubin, the President and co-Founder of Independent Security Evaluators. “The corpus of e-mail used for this test was created from common viruses and were modified using publicly available and home-grown tools similar to those used to get by traditional AV filters.”

Independent Security Evaluators

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus before 5815 allows unauthenticated remote code execution.
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell EMC Isilon OneFS versions 8.2.2 and earlier contain a denial of service vulnerability. SmartConnect had an error condition that may be triggered to loop, using CPU and potentially preventing other SmartConnect DNS responses.
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell Latitude 7202 Rugged Tablet BIOS versions prior to A28 contain a UAF vulnerability in EFI_BOOT_SERVICES in system management mode. A local unauthenticated attacker may exploit this vulnerability by overwriting the EFI_BOOT_SERVICES structure to execute arbitrary code in system management mode.
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-03
A security restriction bypass vulnerability has been discovered in Revive Adserver version < 5.0.5 by HackerOne user hoangn144. Revive Adserver, like many other applications, requires the logged in user to type the current password in order to change the e-mail address or the password. It was how...
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-03
An Open Redirect vulnerability was discovered in Revive Adserver version < 5.0.5 and reported by HackerOne user hoangn144. A remote attacker could trick logged-in users to open a specifically crafted link and have them redirected to any destination.The CSRF protection of the “/...