Off topic - AntiVirus accuracy competition

Kai Schaetzl maillists at
Wed Aug 15 11:51:34 IST 2007

Hugo van der Kooij wrote on Wed, 15 Aug 2007 07:48:20 +0200 (CEST):

> I find the results at least odd and am still looking into it myself to see 
> if any snag is present.

As I suggested it might "just" be an old engine (although it is the newest 
available). Signature files are not everything, especially not with new 
viruses. I looked at the F-Prot site and they offer version 6 for Windows. 
That may not indicate anything, but could also mean that they are way behind 
on Linux or at least have two very different engines. I see that the free 
Linux version for Home users and the paid version no.s are the same, so there 
is no difference.
The reason for this bad performance doesn't matter, of course, if it is 
really on F-Prot's side.

> I find the results at least odd

That's what I wanted to stress :-)

> In the past I had to remove files that could kill 
> some scanners.

Hm, shouldn't happen as this could also happen in real production. If it 
gulps on some files this is a clear bug.


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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