Testing and Evaluation of Virus Detectors for Handheld Devices

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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Author: Xavier Ashe

Entrepreneur, Infosec Executive, CISSP, CISM, Ironman triathlete, traveler, UU, paleo, father of 8, goyishe, gamer, & geek. http://linkedin.com/in/xavierashe

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