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Testing and Evaluation of Virus Detectors for Handheld Devices

Posted by Xavier Ashe on September 27, 2005

By pinpointing weaknesses in the current antivirus software,
improvements can be made to properly protect these devices from a
future tidal wave of viruses. This research tests four currently
available antivirus solutions for handheld devices. Ten tests were
administered; nine involved the modification of source code of a known
virus for handheld devices. The test results produced an overall false
negative rate of 42.5%. This high rate shows that current solutions
find it difficult to identify modified versions of a virus. The virus
is left unidentified and capable of spreading, infecting and causing
damage.

Get the full PDF here.  Apparently, the paper's authors, Jose Andre
Morales
, Peter J. Clarke, and Yi Deng, are going to appear in the proceedings of the Workshop on Software Security
Assurance Tools, Techniques, and Metrics.
November 7-8 2005 at Long Beach, California co-located with the 20th 1EEE/ACM International
Conference on Automated Software Engineering.  I am going ping the the guys at F-Secure to see if they've seen it yet.

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