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Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« on: December 05, 2007, 09:55:06 AM »
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In the short term, Grisoft CEO J.R. Smith said the company will integrate EPL’s flagship LinkScanner technology to AVG Anti-Virus Free and offering LinkScanner Online, a free on-demand URL scanning service, directly from the AVG web site.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=715
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007, 11:25:47 AM »
Hi Frank!

Reading above I was wandering, will ALWL ever develop similar service?

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007, 11:55:56 AM »
What for? The Avast Web Shield is supposed to detect the same things, and more...
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007, 12:01:08 PM »
What for? The Avast Web Shield is supposed to detect the same things, and more...

Quite. AVG is adding a feature avast! already has. (I'm assuming they will add the exploit scanner.)
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 01:12:35 PM »
Am I wrong or avast was one of the first AV to add this feature?
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007, 04:29:20 PM »
Am I wrong or avast was one of the first AV to add this feature?

yep...i think the same too..avast must be one of the first AV developping this feature..
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007, 05:51:49 PM »
What for? The Avast Web Shield is supposed to detect the same things, and more...

Oh sorry, silly me, I must been missed that  ??? :P

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007, 07:05:49 PM »
Seems that Link Scanner will have some features not shared by Webshield:

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LinkScanner sits on a user's computer and monitors the outside world for exploits. When it detects one, it drops the connection, which prevents the attack from succeeding. It then reports the incident back to a central database so it can warn users who try to visit the same destination. LinkScanner automatically analyzes results returned by Google and other search engines and places a check mark next to sites believed to be safe.

Grisoft plans to offer LinkScanner Pro as a standalone product and also as part of the professional versions of its antivirus program and internet security suite. The company will integrate LinkScanner Lite, which contains fewer features, with a free version of AVG.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2007/12/05/grisoft_buys_epl/
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007, 10:06:18 PM »
linkscanner got quite huge detection database for various exploits and that's something Avast! don't have

from my experience approx ratio 5:1 where linkscanner detects malformed malicious code inside scripts and avast nothing

i'm not happy about this takeover because Linkscanner started to offer SDK for others companies and if Grisoft takes over then i bet this is over

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007, 10:18:53 PM »
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linkscanner got quite huge detection database for various exploits and that's something Avast! don't have

Unless something has changed recently, I don't agree with this.

Last time I spoke with one of the XPLabs executives, the number of exploits was actually quite low (couple of tens....).


Anyway, of course, WebShield DOES have the ability to block everything LinkScanner blocks... on the other hand, the quality of the database is another thing (and we're working on making it better).

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2007, 10:56:25 PM »
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linkscanner got quite huge detection database for various exploits and that's something Avast! don't have

Unless something has changed recently, I don't agree with this.

Last time I spoke with one of the XPLabs executives, the number of exploits was actually quite low (couple of tens....).


Anyway, of course, WebShield DOES have the ability to block everything LinkScanner blocks... on the other hand, the quality of the database is another thing (and we're working on making it better).

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i'm sure u will  ;)
grisoft is making a nice move but i''m pretty sure that this linkscanner will be a failure as their firewall..
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2007, 01:05:05 AM »
i''m pretty sure that this linkscanner will be a failure as their firewall..
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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2007, 07:18:05 AM »
I think Grisoft is taking the right approach though and working in the right direction towards improving their security software.  I'm interesting to see what the final product will be - I'm expecting a final unifying product (i.e some later launch version).

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2007, 11:14:54 AM »
I have noticed in the detections that Alwil is improving the number of detected exploits but there are still a lot which are not detected  :)

Keep up the good work  :)

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Re: Grisoft snaps up Exploit Prevention Labs
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2007, 03:33:53 PM »
Vlk that's very nice to know i think the EPL was simply better than Avast! because all they done was concetrate on website exploits ...

btw. is it true that LinkScanner used database / informations from CallingID link advisor ? http://www.callingid.com/DesktopSolutions/CallingIDLinkAdvisor.aspx

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