Kaspersky Lab comments on a report regarding a vulnerability in the companys antivirus products


There has recently been a wide-ranging discussion in the mass media about a report by Alex Wheeler, an independent researcher, that a vulnerability related to processing files of the CAB format has been discovered in Kaspersky Lab antivirus products. Taking into account the close attention of the computer community, Kaspersky Lab considers it necessary to provide official comments on the incident.

The company confirms the presence of a vulnerability in a Kaspersky Anti-Virus module used to process CAB files. Taking advantage of this vulnerability results in a malfunction of the antivirus program. This effect is present only in the Windows environment and does not affect other operating systems.

At the same time, Kaspersky Lab specialists have taken measures to eliminate the threat related to the CAB module vulnerability. First of all, on receiving the relevant data, the virus analyst team within a short time period created a package of signatures that detect possible exploits of this vulnerability (procedures that use the vulnerability to compromise a computer). This set of signatures was added to the antivirus databases of Kaspersky Anti-Virus on September 29, significantly reducing the chances of successful use of the CAB vulnerability exploits. Furthermore, no attempts to create and distribute such exploits have been recorded to date. In this connection, it should be noted that Alex Wheeler, who discovered the vulnerability in question, has not provided demonstration code that uses it. company information

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 4th October 2005 12:57PM