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RE: virus product pentest
From: "Aleksander P. Czarnowski" <alekc () avet com pl>
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 21:30:34 +0200

I don't see any point of testing a common AV package against malware from wildlist because such testing is already 
performed on monthly basis in several safe labs due to certification scheme like VirusBulletin 100% for example. 
Secondly you can not provide a safe environment during pen-testing your customer systems so you brake fundamental 
security rules. You could download some virus collection that is floating around internet but keep in mind that to call 
a code a virus or worm it must replicate. So before judging that particular object is infected you need to replicate 
the samples. This requires again a safe lab without any external connections to networks. This is just a tip of an 
iceberg in terms of problems and issues related with using real malware. I am fully against such testing. 

You should also consider legal issue of such actions and possibility of malware escape which in turn will bring more 
legal actions and consideration.

The things you should at least check:
1. is there on-access scanner enable
2. is av system multilayered
3. what is the policy regarding removable media
4. how email is protected/scanned
5. how quarantines servers are setup and are they properly secured
6. how patch-management policy is implemented

Please note that this list forms rather a checklist for an audit not pen-test. 

At the end: do not use real malware if you do not know how to handle it and/or you don't have safe environment.
Best Regards,
Aleksander Czarnowski

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