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Ieee to Create Anti-Malware 'packer' Validation System

Mark Kennedy

Symantec distinguished engineer Mark Kennedy

The IEEE has launched a system for tracing the output of all certified binary packers to verify which license was used to create an executable file. IEEE now needs contributors to catalogue the users of the software tools, which are often used by malware writers to hide executable files from antivirus products.

The Industry Connections Security Group (ICSG) released the request for proposals for building the software libraries at the recent Black Hat Technical Security conference. The software catalog would enable the IEEE Software Taggant System, built by ICSG, to identify users of software packers and then blacklist misused license keys. As a result, antivirus vendors would be able to focus more on non-compliant packers.

"We think the IEEE Software Taggant System will drive malware developers away from compliant packers, which would both improve our chances of catching rogue operators and allow antivirus software to more efficiently process legitimate executable files created by packer software," says Symantec's Mark Kennedy.

From CSO Online (Australia)
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