Anti-virus scanning exclusions

Published: 2012-04-13
Last Updated: 2012-04-13 17:59:40 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
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Reader Josh writes in with a good question: How does everyone deal with software whose vendor requires that the application and its install directories be excluded completely from Anti-Virus (AV) scanning ? Microsoft has some recommendations for AV exclusions of their own, as do the anti-virus companies themselves (example: McAfee), and googling a bit quickly shows that pretty much every software vendor has knowledge base articles that deal with making their particular tool invisible to AV.

- How do you keep track of the various "approved" exclusions across servers in your company ?
- How do you make sure no malware is hiding or setting up shop in those excluded portions ?
- Any other comments you might have ..

If you have a couple of minutes before starting your weekend, please share in the comments below!

Keywords: anti virus
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ISC Feature of the Week: Get to know the Handlers

Published: 2012-04-13
Last Updated: 2012-04-13 17:16:31 UTC
by Adam Swanger (Version: 1)
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All of the Internet Storm Center's active handlers are listed on Click a name to expand and see the handler's details. Click if you are Interested in How to become an Internet Storm Center Handler?


  • A picture of the handler will be on the left if available, otherwise a shadow avatar is shown.
  • If a handler has information posted on, there will be a link to their specific page. We are working towards migrating this site to the new layout and adding more features.
  • A list of the 5 most recent diaries written by the selected handler are listed and linked.
  • If the handler has a public Twitter handle, a direct link to their page is listed.


Post suggestions or comments in the section below or send us any questions or comments in the contact form on
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Keywords: ISC feature
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Oracle CPU Patches announced for Apr 17

Published: 2012-04-13
Last Updated: 2012-04-13 15:23:00 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
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Oracle have released their announcement for the April 2012 "Critical Patch Update", to be issued next Tuesday (Apr 17).

Several of the patch descriptions in the announcement are accompanied by the ominous words "may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password". Sounds like next Tuesday will be busy for administrators of Oracle databases and middleware products.

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ISC StormCast for Friday, April 13th 2012
VMware ESX/ESXi privilege escalation vuln. advisory:


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