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More anti-virus fail...

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you’ll probably remember my couple of rather recent entries regarding the current state of the anti-virus technology and whether this kind of products still are as useful as they were in the past in today’s world. I’ve been going into great lengths regarding their weak points and how they tend to lagging behind the Operating Systems more and more every year due to their missing of infections, delays in signatures updates, which makes their protection far from being bullet-proof. What’s worst than everything, though, is when a system isn’t infected but the anti-virus thinks it is… and has identified an important system file as an offender…

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VMWare ThinApp: a nice mixture of "virtualization" and "portability"

Some days ago, I had the opportunity to check out an utility from VMWare, ThinApp, using a technology I have heard about for some time: application virtualization. Romhack.Net co-author Fred already wrote a couple of comprehensive articles about machine virtualization here so we already know the good and bad points of complete machine virtualization. But what’s up with “application virtualization”?

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Will CPU bugs become IT-security's public enemy No.1?

Few people are actually aware of this, but just like software, processors have their share of bugs… I’m not simply talking about random failures like we know on hard-drives for example, but actual program logic faults, leading to unexpected results. After all, processors are constantly becoming faster and more powerful and hence harder to program. CPU Engineers always try to improve things like branch-prediction and pipelining to improve performance even more, which of course comes with the risk of a few bugs.

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