Security's Everyman

Security's Everyman

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Broken Windows

This can't be good for business. CA eTrust Antivirus mistook a Windows file for a virus and deleted it from the system. This caused some servers to crash and not reboot. I have 2 problems with this.
1.) Why would a file that is vital to the proper operation of the OS be so easy to delete?
2.) Why would CA release an update that would do this?

Do they not review their code and test prior to releasing updates? It seems to me that a mistake of this magnitude is not excusable. Businesses rely on their servers to be up and running in order to make money and the downtime caused by such an oversight on the part of CA could be very costly to businesses.

I've never been much of a fan of eTrust and this does nothing to endear me to them.

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