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AV Testing, AMTSO and EICAR

A new conference paper discusses whether AMTSO has the credibility to achieve its aims of raising testing standards on its own.

AMTSO members meeting

The next AMTSO members meeting is getting pretty close… It's being held in San Mateo on the 10th and 11th February. More information, including the preliminary agenda, on the AMTSO meetings page. David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP ESET Senior Research Fellow

FPs: everybody’s doing it, doing it…

At the last AMTSO workshop in Munich, a guidelines document on False Positive (FP) testing was approved, and is now available on the AMTSO documents page.

AMTSO: Members or Subscribers?

…one of the most interesting results is the approval by the members present of a planned low-fee subscription model which will enable individuals and small organizations to participate…

Virus Bulletin 2010 papers

By kind permission of Virus Bulletin, we’ve already put two of the papers written or co-authored by ESET researchers up on the White Papers page.

AMTSO’s next meeting

…quite a few other issues have come up that are less obviously related to AMTSO’s aims, and it’s probably inevitable that some of those concerns will find their way out in the course of the meeting. Watch this space.

AMTSOlutely Fabulous or Utter BS?

Kevin Townsend asks whether AMTSO (the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) is “a serious attempt to clean up anti-malware testing; or just a great big con?” I posted a lengthy response to that on the AMTSO blog here…

AMTSO, Standards, and Relevance

[I told you these links were cursed: thanks to Daniel Schatz for pointing out a further problem. Tip of the hat to Kurt Wismer for pointing out the issue on the AMTSO blog, and another to Julio Canto for alerting me to the story in the first place.] Danny Quist posted an interesting article at

AMTSO and EICAR

  Some of us are currently busily preparing for the AMTSO workshop in Helsinki on the 24th and 25th May 2010, just before the CARO workshop on 26th and 27th May (for which registration closes on 12th May). Before the Helsinki events, though, the EICAR conference in Paris includes some interesting testing-related material before and during the main conference.

Some possibly interesting links and a very old new paper

If you regularly follow my blogs, you'll know that while this my primary blogspot, it isn't the only site to which I post (see signature for full details). Here are a few recent blogs and microblogs that may be of possible interest. @Mophiee asked me about the ICPP Trojan on Twitter (where I'm @ESETblog or

April 1st: Your Questions Answered

We're not really set up to use the ThreatBlog as a full strength Questions and Answers resource, but we got so many questions after my blog yesterday about April 1st hoaxes that I feel obliged to try to answer some of them. There is no truth in the rumour that the eCity of San Diego

RSA, AMTSO, the Universe and Everything

There was an AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) panel session here at RSA, where Larry Bridwell, Righard Zwienenberg, Andreas Marx, Roel Schouwenberg and Neil Rubenking talked about AMTSO and what it does (and what it hopes to do). And I added to my list of qualifications for being involved with the organization: current vendor representative,

Cascading False Positives

 Security researchers work together and share information in many ways and in many contexts that aren't constrained by company boundaries, but it's unusual for security researchers working for different vendors to join forces in a company blog. However, John Leyden of The Register contacted us both when he was writing an article on the controversy following

AMTSOlute Elsewhere

We're now getting into preparations for the next meeting of AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization), on 25th-26th February in Santa Clara. In the meantime, I wrote an article for Virus Bulletin called "AMTSOlutely Fabulous" about "the story so far". It's just appeared in the January edition of the magazine. Of course, it's only available to subscribers

A Thought or Two about Testing

The Hype-free blog at http://hype-free.blogspot.com/2009/12/congratulation-to-av-comparatives.html yesterday mentioned the latest AV-Comparatives round of test reports, including: The whole product dynamic test at http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/dynamic-tests The December 2009 performance test at http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/performance-tests The summary reports at http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/main-tests/summary-reports I have a pretty jaundiced view of testing organizations in general: after all, I see some pretty awful tests proclaimed by the

The Curious Art of Anti-Malware Testing

I recently made a presentation to  the Special Interest Group in Software Testing of the BCS Chartered Institute for IT (formerly better known as the British Computer Society). The PDF version of the slide deck is now up at: http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers/Curious_Act_Of_Anti_Malware_Testing.pdf The presentation outlines some of the problems with anti-malware testing and summarizes the mission and principles of

So What Is AMTSO Compliance?

The AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) meeting in Prague, which took place at the beginning of this week, proved to be rather more exciting than you might expect from a group with the word "Standards" in its name. One of the issues that caused particularly lively debate centred around the question of what constitutes AMTSO

Making Malware

McAfee Avert Labs has been advertising a "Malware Experience" session for the "Focus 09" security conference, which offers attendees the chance to "to work with a Trojan horse, commandeer a botnet, install a rootkit and experience first hand how easy it is to modify websites to serve up malware." Actually, this text has been modified: it

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