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Validity Of The Wildlist

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#1 bzbones


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:14 AM

Hello all,

I have been doing some research on the wildlist (www.wildlist.org) and wanted to get some feedback from the security community. Many vendors use the wildlist as a marketing tool, claiming to detect/prevent X percent of the Wildlist. However, looking at the wildlist I wonder if it is even a valid test anymore. The latest list was published last October, and only contains a few hundred viruses. There are also fewer than 100 official virus "reporters" who determine if a virus is "in the wild". What are your thoughts? Do you feel the wildlist is a valid standard to compare an AV product too, even if it were up-to-date? Thanks!

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#2 nigglesnush85


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Posted 14 January 2008 - 04:44 PM


I see your point, never thought of it that way before, Surely a virus would be in the wild if it has the following characteristics.

No one has heard or seen it before
be completely new

If no one knows about a virus, who says its a virus and so on, interesting points.


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