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A dodgy anti-virus update from McAfee on Wednesday wrongly identified legitimate JavaScript files as a virus in the second such screw-up by a major security vendor in less than a week. As a result of the snafu McAfee users who applied the update were falsely warned that their systems were infected by the Exploit-BO JavaScript …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sandbox

    allegedly a safe place to play ... ahah ... the Java crap is to be blamed, not McAfee. Sandbox without a proper tarp end up filled with cat pooh. Can't blame McAfee trying to pick one pooh too many.

  2. Morely Dotes
    Alert

    Please!

    Do not confuse Java with Javascript. The only evident relationship between the two is the four letters in "java."

    I'm not entirely certain that anything calling Friendster "malware" is incorrect, however. It seems to me to be a bit less dangerous than a bio-engineered version of anthrax, and a bit more malicious than a kiss from your auntie; somewhere in between, but leaning towards anthrax.

  3. David Eddleman

    Sandbox...

    Is not always effective. Do you know just how much software they'd need to test? Many different versions of Java, Flash, etc. -- and that's just counting the "popular" software.

  4. Glenn
    Dead Vulture

    SCREAMING SCRIPT

    javaSCRIPT is unrelated to java and never gets into the (cat-turded) sandbox.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No such thing as heuristic detection

    and they copy each others signatures.

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