Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:58 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Talos recently observed a case where the download servers used by software vendor to distribute a legitimate software package were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Don't use registry cleaners. They serve no purpose.

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RE: everything is broken
by Sauron on Tue 19th Sep 2017 14:08 UTC in reply to "everything is broken"
Sauron
Member since:
2005-08-02

Any OS that need crappy tools like ccleaner to (attempt to) run properly... is fundamentally broken.

Any OS that needs "antivirus" software to become a "normal" setup .. is fundamentally broken.

You had better switch to a Abacus then just to be safe. NO OS is safe from Virii or Malware, none, nada!

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RE[2]: everything is broken
by shakeshuck on Tue 19th Sep 2017 22:23 in reply to "RE: everything is broken"
shakeshuck Member since:
2011-03-21

I think you might mean "viruses".

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RE[2]: everything is broken
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 20th Sep 2017 04:15 in reply to "RE: everything is broken"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

"Any OS that need crappy tools like ccleaner to (attempt to) run properly... is fundamentally broken.

Any OS that needs "antivirus" software to become a "normal" setup .. is fundamentally broken.

You had better switch to a Abacus then just to be safe. NO OS is safe from Virii or Malware, none, nada!
"
Singular: Virus.
Plural: Viruses.
Of or having to do with/relating to a virus: Viral
WTF is "Virii?"

Why is it so hard to get basic English spelling and grammar right? Normally I don't care about misspellings... but come on! Let's not make up words/plural versions here.

Edited 2017-09-20 04:21 UTC

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RE[3]: everything is broken
by shakeshuck on Wed 20th Sep 2017 08:46 in reply to "RE[2]: everything is broken"
shakeshuck Member since:
2011-03-21

I believe I said the same thing, but was more polite about it. ;)

The reason English is so hard is because it isn't a pure language, and has many bastardised (or is that bastardized?) roots.

Unfortunately these days I often find that non-native English users are often better at spoken and written English than the English themselves.
The current trend of presenters or reporters on UK TV at the moment that say "drawring" or "sicth" (instead of "sixth") drives me mad!

I also find that although American pronunciations grate to my ears, they are often more consistent with English pronunciation rules than the English use. Of course there are then the contradictions where we follow the rules but for some reason they don't.

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RE[3]: everything is broken
by judgen on Wed 20th Sep 2017 20:25 in reply to "RE[2]: everything is broken"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Octupuses? Octopus, octopoda, octopi is the correct for example according to Oxford standard English Dictionary (the only dictionary that matters). This could probably work in a similar fasion with virus however it doesn't. The first example in the Dictionary of plural virus="‘A large number of viruses emerge from the host cell before it dies.’"

So viruses is correct use.

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