Odyssey

…the wanderings

McAfee False-positive hit

Fresh reports of the McAfee update “felling PCs across the world” is sweeping across the news and help forums.

The problem seems to be a false-positive that surfaces when a new DAT file is patched on an older McAfee engine. The 4th of July holiday probably helped a bit too with people being a little less alert.

These things will happen, and the important lesson to learn is the critical focus required while working with security systems that have a costly false-positive impact. Hollywood has been cashing in on this idea for decades (remember Robocop?). These things will get more interesting as we move to security systems more sophisticated then these.

July 5, 2009 Posted by | security | , , | Leave a comment

Firefox extension collections

With the move to Firefox 3.5 we now have firefox collections. This nicely solves a regular problem I always had; referring a good set of extensions to someone who has just moved to firefox or is not using extensions yet (yeah, people do that).

I used to collect a tagged list of extensions on my delicious pages that people could scroll over to pickup from. It also helped my selectively pickup extensions on new browser installations around the place.

I can now quickly refer people to my extension collection to which they can subscribe and get updates as I post new extensions or edit out any old ones.

July 3, 2009 Posted by | tools | , | Leave a comment