Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 10:54 UTC, submitted by irbis
Bugs & Viruses "For at least a decade, the standard advice to every computer user has been to run antivirus software. But new, more commercial, more complex and stealthier types of malware have people in the industry asking: will antivirus software be effective for much longer? Among the threats they see are malware that uses the ability of the latest processors to run virtual machines that would be hidden from antivirus programs." Note: Please note that our icon contest is still running! So if you have an idea on how to rework this story's icon, read this.
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RE: No
by yachp on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 20:34 UTC in reply to "No"
yachp
Member since:
2007-08-30

"7. And finally, The Dancing Bunny Problem"

Why can't some kind of quarantined place be created where one could safely run potentially suspect programs.

I mean whether is a dancing bunny program or a naked picture of how knows who, what we are typically talking about are photos or videos or something of that nature.

Why can't a space be created where a program that is supposed to show a video, or picture or whatever be simply be restricted to what its supposed purpose is.

I mean if it is a video, it doesn't need to access one's email program. It doesn't need to delete any files that are already on your computer. It doesn't need to change any settings on your computer. So why can't these functions be denied a suspect program.

Then one could simply run the dancing bunnies program and if that program tried to access something that wasn't a video, it wouldn't be able to.

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RE[2]: No
by matthekc on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 21:04 in reply to "RE: No"
matthekc Member since:
2006-10-28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandbox_(computer_security)

I don't think antivirus is an effective solution. exe's should all run in a virtual environment with a clever set of rules to reduce risks. If the app tries to break the rules shut it down and report it. All sorts of 1980's and 90's communication protocols have holes and need to be reworked. Until apps are sandboxed and protocols are fixed this isn't going away. Switching to linux is a partial preventative to the problem not a cure.

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RE[2]: No
by wannabe geek on Mon 24th Sep 2007 03:15 in reply to "RE: No"
wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

"Why can't some kind of quarantined place be created where one could safely run potentially suspect programs."

Bitfrost

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Bitfrost

Or you can always use VirtualBox.

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